Western Placer Unified School District acquired 280 acres in 1974 as a surplus property from the McClellan AFB Communication Annex. The shop was built in 1984, the hay barn was built in 1989 and in 1998 classrooms arrived at the farm which opened up the opportunity for more classes to be held at the farm. In 2006 an additional 125 acres was donated by Wildlands Inc..
The WPUSD School Farm is a 405 acre facility designed to give students practical experience in the areas of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Our goal is to expose as many students as possible to the school farm and demonstrate how agriculture and the environment can co-exist. The Mariner/Rockwell Ranch is a 530 acre property that was donated to WPUSD by Caltrans. Caltrans purchased the property for mitigation of vernal pools. The property is held in a conservation easement by Wildlife Heritage Foundation who has been instrumental in helping the district acquire the property. The property will be managed and used for cattle grazing by the WPUSD Farm program.
This facility could not have been accomplished without the support of the Western Placer School Board, administration and the Lincoln High School Farm Foundation. We thank them for their continued support.
The WPUSD Agriculture School Farm is excited to offer tours of our school farm to classes and groups located in our district.
Upon arrival at the farm, your class will be separated into two equal sized, smaller groups. One of these groups will experience our hay ride tour. During the hay ride tour students will learn about the environment around the farm, which includes a wetlands habitat, pheasant brood strip and vernal pools. They will also hear about and see our hay production fields, rice fields, and beef cattle herds. One of our agriculture high school students will be presenting the tour information, while a teacher drives.
The other group will go on a walking tour of the farm. The walking tour group will be split into six smaller groups (usually only a few students per group). Each of these groups will be assigned one to three agriculture student leaders from the high school class. These leaders will guide them around the farm to different stations. There will be high school students at each station ready to teach some basic facts about farm animals (what they eat, what we use them for and some basic terms).
When everyone is finished, there will be a short break (bathroom and snack) and then the two groups will switch. At the end of the day, everyone will have gone on a hay ride and a walking tour. Parents and/or teachers are encouraged to go with both groups to help supervise their students. There will also be a group photo opportunity provided during the hay ride tour, so please bring your camera.
Please contact the WPUSD Agriculture School Farm for a tour using the form below to arrange a date and time for a tour. Please be aware there are many classes being taught at the school farm and we will be working around our busy schedule, trying to get our own curriculum covered as well.
Tours are offered in the Fall or Spring, usually September-October and April-May. Tours are limited to 50-60 students. These size restrictions are due to the limited space on the hay ride that is provided during part of the tour. Tours are offered in the mornings (most popular time period) or in the afternoons. Morning tours will begin at 9am and conclude at 10:30am. Afternoon tours will begin any time after 12:30pm and conclude no later than 2:30pm. Tours usually only last an hour and a half, with a 10-15 minute break in the middle for snacks and/or to use the facilities.
Teachers need to prepare their students for the weather conditions and make sure they wear appropriate shoes for walking around a farm setting. The WPUSD farm does have bathrooms and running water to wash your hands, but we DO NOT have drinking fountains or a snack bar at this time. Teachers should plan accordingly with water bottles and snacks. The only area we have to sit (besides the classrooms that will be in use) is a lawn area that has limited shade.
The WPUSD farm is happy to provide these tours for your group, but we are not responsible for providing your transportation. Please contact the Western Placer Unified School District’s bus garage ahead of time to coordinate and reserve a bus.
Please understand that the Sustainable Agriculture Biology students (freshman and sophomores) will be running the tours under the supervision of their instructor, Ms. Walker. They are learning about the farm themselves and will do their best to answer you and your students’ questions, but by no means are they experts. This is a great opportunity for them to gain valuable leadership skills and knowledge about the plants, animals and environment around them at the farm.
Also, TEACHERS! What a great opportunity to teach your students about showing appreciation after you get back from a tour! The high school students love getting thank you letters from your students and will cherish any gratitude shown to them for their efforts.
Our Natural History class meets at the WPUSD Agriculture Farm and part of the course requirement is to maintain an accurate species sightings from the farm. Below you will find the most recent specie sightings.