Educational Field Trip Programs
Plan your next one with us!

Interested in a Field Trip?
Please fill out the "Field Trip Interest Questionnaire" toward the bottom of the page!


Attention Group Coordinators!

Group Coordinator and immediate family are invited to attend for free (up to $100 value) with a 20 student minimum
or you can choose to receive a $100 gift certificate for personal use to another event as a thank you for booking with us!

Inquire for more details!


Any of these programs can be made into an overnight camp out!
Ask about major discounts for student groups of 100 or more!


Julian Homestead

Preschool and up - 20 student min
$12 - $20 per person for day trip
 bookings

        After a long journey headed west, it's time to settle in and work the farm! 
With no modern conveniences available nearby, we need to be self sufficient if we're going to make it on our own! 
Julian's homesteading history began in the mid 1800's, and the property of Fort Cross is chalk full of genuine stories of that early time. Every activity station will include real stories from the history of the surrounding area, and important people from Julian's past. 

Click here to see photos of what to expect during a typical Julian Homestead Tour!

 

Hayride: with old fashioned folk song sing alongs 

Hoedown: Folk dancing with jug band participation

Old Time Games: Walking on stilts, tug-o-war, hoops & sticks, game of graces, gunnysack race (time restraints may limit how many games are played)

Frontier Chores: Laundry, gathering sticks for the fire, dough rolling, and butter making the old fashioned way! Candle dipping, too! Yours to keep!

Farming: Plowing and gardening. Plant a seed to take home!

Animals: Help feed and take care of the animals while learning the important role that they played in early California frontier life.

Craft: Make an old fashioned toy such as a corn husk doll or whirligig!


 

The Native Experience 

Suggested for 3rd grade and up - 20 student minimum
$12 - $20 per person for day trip bookings

 

     Learn about the cultures of Native American tribes! Some tribes in the surrounding area include the Cahuilla and the Kumeyaay. Walk the land and learn their ways!
 

Pottery: Create a pinch pot or coil pot. Yours to keep!
Archery: We're going to have to get you ready if you're going to hunt your dinner! We'll teach you the proper techniques!
Tomahawk Throwing: A common tool for the natives, but we will be using these little axes for some fun target practice!

Spear Toss: It takes great precision and strength to hit your target with a spear. We will be practicing with long sticks instead of sharpened spears. 
Native Village: Wikkiup building with Yucca Weaving, corn grinding, and hide identification.
Jewelry Making: Make a bead necklace to take home!
Nature Walk: Learn about the the plant and animal life in our area of California. Find out their uses and how to identify them!

Animals & Reptiles: Learn about some of the reptiles and animals that were useful in native life. 

Colonial Life
Suggested for 4th grade and up - 20 student minimum
$12 - $20 per person for day trip
 bookings

In the days of the early settlements leading up to the Revolutionary War, come live the life of a Colonial American for a day!

Blacksmith: One of the most important trades of the Colonial era. Blacksmithing demonstration.
Tin smith: Create your own piece of tinsmith art, in the same fashion as the lantern used during Paul Revere's famous ride.
Colonial Militia: Learn how to drill and march as you enlist in the Colonial Militia. Participate in a mock battle. 
Dance Etiquette: Manners were important for gentleman and ladies during festive social gatherings of the time. 
Chores: Farm life was an important aspect of Colonial life. Candle making, butter making, taking care of the animals, etc. 
Bill of Rights: Know your rights! Use a quill and ink to create your own personalized bill of rights. 


 

 

California History 

Suggested for 4th grade and up - 20 student minimum
$12 - $20 per person for day trip bookings

 

From the Rancheros to the 49ers, learn about the early days of California! Take home some treasures!
 

Nature Walk through the Native Village: See the wikkiup in progress as we talk about native history. Learn to identify local plants and animals.
Adobe Brick Making: An overview of California Missions with hands-on adobe brick making.
Gold Panning and sluicing: Find out how to identify real gold and learn the miner's panning technique.
Music & Hoedown: Folk dancing with jug band participation! One of the ways the town would gather together for some fun!
Tomahawk Throwing: At the end of a long day of hard labor, miners and mountain men would enjoy throwing a few axes.

Rope Making & Rope Games: Simple mechanics, some twine, and a little elbow grease is all it takes to make a rope! Then we'll prepare to be cowboys by learning how to lasso! And then we'll see who can win a game of tug o'war!
Mountain Man Camp: Visit the lonely camp with the lean-to shelter and help identify the different furs and hides.
Reptiles: Learn about some native critters and others that were traded from far and wide.

 

 

 

High Adventure Tour 

Suggested for 6th grade and up - 20 student minimum
$12 - $20 per person for day trip bookings

 

This is a more involved excursion. Off-site hiking requires transportation. This is intended as an overnight camping event but can be changed to accommodate a daytime field trip. 

 

Extreme Hiking & Trail Blazing: Many local hiking adventures to choose from! (Onsite Nature Walk with Plant Identification can be substituted for offsite excursions if desired).
Archery: We will teach you the proper technique so you can shoot on your own!
Tomahawk Throw: They're little axes and we'll show you how to throw 'em!
Cabin Building: log sawing, wood splitting, shingle making

Survival Workshop: fire making, wild edibles identification, shelter making

Slingshot Range: Visit our ghost town and shoot it up!

Reptile Show: See an assortment of reptiles and learn who and what they are
Campfire Songs and stories: Everyone gets a chance to play a jug band instrument and have some fun around the campfire
Stargazing: We have a superb location for seeing the beauty of the night sky. The milky way is easily visible on most nights, and it's 
not uncommon to see shooting stars!


 

Seasonal Programs

Spring Spectacular!
Preschool and up - 20 student minimum

$12 - $20 per person for day trip bookings
Available March and April

Come celebrate Spring with us as we welcome the lilacs into bloom!

Candle Dipping: Make a purple candle of your own by dipping them the old fashioned ways! 

Vase Painting: Be creative as you paint a spring vase that you get to keep!

Petting Zoo: Come meet our farm friends! Olivia the pig, Humperdink the goat, Buttercup the sheep! Chickens and bunnies too!
Gardening & Seed Planting: Tend the garden and learn the basics with the use of garden tools. Plant a seed to take home for a garden of your own!
Kazoo Making: Make a simple kazoo and have fun as we make music together!
Hayride: A fun and musical hayride!
Hoedown & Jug Band Show: Be apart of the band and learn a fun dance!

Peter Rabbit Adventure

Preschool and up - 20 student minimum

- Available Spring and Summer -
$12 - $20 per person for day trip
 bookings
 

Come along with Mr. McGregor as you learn about his farm, while following along with the story of the naughty bunny! Inspired by the world of Beatrix Potter. Great for kids of all ages!
 

"Gathering Blackberries" (blackberry inspired craft to keep!) : Depending on the weather, we will either be making ice cream with  blackberry jam topping, or enjoying blackberry jam on bread with a glass of milk.... Just like the story!
Mushrooms! :
Beatrix Potter was an avid mycologist! Let's learn about them!
Petting Zoo : Visit the farm animals
Farming : Tend the garden under Mr. McGregor's tutelage. Plant a seed of your own to take home and grow!
Games : Play a team building rabbit game!
Slingshots : Fun at the slingshot range developing skills to keep garden varmints at bay.
Jug Band & Hoedown : Because it's a long day of working on the farm, we'll treat ourselves to some jug band fun with some lively folk dancing. Social etiquette lesson included by way of an entertaining skit. Prizes involved!

 

Johnny Appleseed 's Discovering America 
 

Preschool and up - 20 student minimum
- Available September thru November -
$12 - $20 per person for day trip
 bookings

 

     Let Johnny teach you about his famous journeys across the land and learn a bit about life on the frontier! Together we'll go on a hayride with scenic views of surrounding mountains and beautiful nature under the open sky! We'll learn about gardening, and you'll plant a seed to take home and grow, too! And of course, you'll want to take a turn at our old-time cider press and sample a taste of delicious local apple cider! There's more activities as well!


Hayride: with old-fashioned folk song sing-alongs 

Hoedown: Folk dancing with jug band participation
Petting Zoo: Pot belly pig, lamb, goats, bunnies, chickens, ducks, and a guinea pig.

Seasonal Craft: Make an ornament from real wood! Yours to keep!
Gardening and Seed Planting: Learn about how things grow then plant a seed. Yours to keep!
Cider Pressing: Learn about cider history, the process of old fashioned pressing, and give it a go with our old fashioned press.

Nature Walk with Medicinal Plants: As an avid nature lover, Johnny has a lot to teach about the beneficial treatments derived from plant sources. 

- Caramel Apple* Treat: Optional add-on 

Holiday Hayride

Preschool and up - 20 student minimum​

-Available November & December-
$12 - $20 per person for day trip
 bookings
 

Join us for an educational day of seasonal fun! Enjoy an old fashioned holiday on the homestead learning about the history of early American living. We'll bring you a bit of the past with historical crafts and activities that inspire holiday cheer! Join us in this festive merriment and go home with heartwarming traditional holiday memories! 

Candle Dipping: With the cold season upon us, we'll be needing to stay stocked up. Make your candle and take it home with you!

Rustic Ornament Making: Make an ornament from real wood! A holiday keepsake tradition to enjoy year after year!
Citrus Pomander Making: Learn the history and origin of this lovely scented decoration! Make and bring home for some holiday scent!

Cider Pressing: Learn about cider history, the process of old fashioned pressing, and make some yourself. We'll warm it up to enjoy together!

Holiday Hayride with Caroling: Join us for the musical hayride where you will sing along with a classic holiday song! Prizes included!
Country Hoedown: Festive holiday celebrations on the homestead include fun and merriment! We're gonna have a shindig!
Petting Zoo: What homestead is complete without the animals? We'll talk about how animals were useful on the homestead and how 
they help us grow our farm!


Please note:  $100 minimum deposit must be paid at time of booking for all private events. Deposit is non-refundable, but is transferable to a different date, with a 14 day advance notice.
Activities and number of tour guides may vary.

* = extra fee for activities listed with an asterisk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traveling Tours

 

WE WILL TRAVEL TO YOUR LOCATION!

 

Let us bring the field trip to you! Don't let gas prices keep you from having a hoedown! We can set up our village at your facility! Relive history from a time long ago and learn their ways with hands on activities!

* Schools! *

- Program duration for traveling tour (we come to you) is approximately 2-3 hours.
- Modified Living History Program that accommodates curriculum for grades 3-5
- Number of activity stations may vary depending on time constraints. 
- Cost is $1,000 for up to 100 students.
- No traveling fee within 50 miles of Fort Cross. $0.90 per mile after 50 miles is reached. 

Links to great sites with family friendly events and activities:

http://socalfieldtrips.com/

TheHomeSchoolMom.com

FoRt Cross Old Timey Adventures

4425 Hwy 78, Santa Ysabel CA 92070