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To foster and encourage public enjoyment of Rush Ranch by promoting appropriate public access, establishing educational programs, and increasing community awareness and understanding of Rush Ranch's unique habitat.
As an all volunteer organization, we develop and administer an educational program to 3rd and 4th grade students who visit the ranch on field trips. The program--designed to meet California K-12 education standards for history-social studies--teaches children about the original inhabitants of the ranch, the Patwin Indians, at a recreated Patwin village located on the ranch. The interactive program is divided into six stations, each focused on a facet of Patwin culture and daily life. At these stations, RREC docents use authentically replicated tools and materials to demonstrate the ways in which the Patwin were able to thrive and ensure generational survival through their use of seasonally available resources and by employing practices similar to sustainable harvesting and natural resource conservation.
We also host a monthly program called "Get the Rush" where the general public can step inside a real blacksmith shop and observe a blacksmith in action, take a docent led interpretive hike through a brackish marsh, and visit with a native American who shares and demonstrates his knowledge of weapon making, hunting, and other native skills.
We also provide a number of local cultural history and environmentally themed informational classes throughout the year as well.
All of the above activities are offered to the public FREE of charge.
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