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Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-2 mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
ATV Adventure to Granite Indian Baths
We'll give a quick safety instruction before putting helmets on you and matching you up with one of our ATVs. We'll then head up the trail and show you breathtaking and unmatched views of the valley. We'll take you to a few hidden gems including large granite slabs with baths carved into them called 'Indian baths' and cave with petroglyphs. Guests can either choose to drive an ATV or be a passenger on one. Times and dates are flexible. Other things to note Bring a hat, sunblock, water, and snacks. Makes sure to dress appropriately for the weather.
Intimately experience a biodiverse farm
We'll start by foraging through the farm to make a diverse "goat salad." We'll walk through the garden, stop to admire the beehives, meet the pigs, and then feed and pet our silly goats and adorable Babydoll sheep. Once our goats and sheep have had their salads, we’ll hand feed our gentle dairy cow, Harper, some of her favorite treats. After washing off any cow slobber, we'll treat you to a light seasonal farm picnic. You'll then walk off those calories by taking our miniature horses for a stroll, and you'll pet and feed these sweeties. Following our horse experience, we'll step in with the chickens and ducks. We'll feed them organic hen scratch and farm greens, if available. We'll watch them happily scratch around and quack and coo, and you can hold and pet them if you’d like too. While they’re scratching around, we’ll step into the coops to check for eggs. We'll compare the various types, shapes, colors, and sizes. We'll finish our experience with a calm and relaxing visit with our bunnies. We'll pet and feed these sweet and soft fur balls. All along the experience, you will learn fun facts about our diverse plant and animal family, and you’ll leave with a seasonal farm gift. Other things to note: Wear comfortable closed-toed walking shoes and clothes you don't mind possibly getting a bit dirty. Boots and long pants are ideal. *Great for teams and team-building too!
Beginner Surf Lesson - Santa Cruz
Beginner Surfing l is our popular 2.5-hour group surf clinic. So what will you be learning? This clinic was designed with the beginner in mind – we welcome complete newbies as well as people who have tried surfing on their own for a while and still need help. We will walk you through all the basics to get you started and catching waves! There will be a short land-lesson to start, and after that we'll head out to catch some waves. You'll get approximately 1:30-2 hours of "water time" in the 2.5-hour class. Maximum ratio of 4 students per instructor. FAQ: Why are some of these class times SOOO early?! Answer: When it comes to surfing, mother nature sets a lot of the rules - that's what makes it such a unique sport. If we don't go on the right tide, we won't get any waves! While those early morning sessions might be hard to wake up for, they are also truly magical. Great surf conditions, no wind, no crowds - it is about as epic as it gets. If you make the commitment go early, we can promise you'll be rewarded with the experience of a lifetime!
Be A Beekeeper
*** SAT & SUN TOURS ARE MARCH 15th to OCTOBER 31st *** Hives are closed in cold weather to help the bees survive, then reopen in warmer months. Our "Make Honey Wine" class will hopefully be available soon. Give us a buzz @ 925. 852 and 9900 with questions :) Times are based on when bees are the happiest (when the field bees are out gathering nectar & pollen). We visit happy bees when it's above 60 deg with little wind. If forecast shows rain or high winds, we'll need to reschedule to a warmer day. TO BOOK: Enter the # of Adults & Children that may be coming. Our base rate is $210, which covers up to 2 adults & 1 child (3-12 years old). To receive a lower rate, bring friends or family and your individual ticket price drops. Since we’re a 501c3 non-profit your ticket is tax write off! All funds help grow the local bee population :) DETAILS: This is a fun opportunity to get to inspect a busy beehive! First, we’ll suit up in protective gear. Then we’ll head to the Apiary where you'll learn about the art of beekeeping & the various tools used. Now it's time to inspect a hive. Hold a frame covered with 100's of bees ... a great photo opp! Press your finger into the comb and taste the freshest honey ever! When all done it's now time to be a "Chef" and do a honey & food pairing. This is such a sweet experience for all :)

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Back-to-Eden Farm & Animal Experience
Book a tour and/or book the venue to celebrate your birthday. We will meet at the drive-way and proceed to: 1. Visit and feed our beautiful variety chickens and collect eggs. (chicks-seasonal) 2. Visit and feed the ducks, watch them swim and frolic play 3.. Visit with our talkative geese and photoshoot with "Good Boy" our handsome male goose (depending on his mood) 5. Visit with our adorable newborn baby goats, pet, let them nibble from your hand and take them on a little walk. 6. Visit and feed the cows, be surprised by how their tongue feels when they take the hay off your hand and perhaps watch their calves nurse ( calves-yes!) 7. Visit with our gorgeous rabbits and cuddle them. 8. Visit with our adorable young and gentle alpacas Have your birthday with your friends on the farm surrounded by amazing scenery and peaceful surroundings- please inquire For stay at our guest houses after the tour: https://airbnb.com/h/back-to-eden-guest-house https://airbnb.com/h/havilahland-guest-house
Weinberger Homestead in Silicon Valley
Welcome to the Weinberger homestead, we look forward to hosting you here! We are a small private family petting zoo, all animals are rescued and there’s no wild animals. They are part of our family so we’d love to share the love of animals with the world! Here’s what you can expect from this private, unique experience: 1. You’ll learn about different animals throughout the tour, and interact with them intimately. 2. We’ll have a few stops during the tour to check out our peacocks, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. We will also stop by our home garden to teach you how to grow vegetables. We’ll do a fun quiz with you to learn about different animals! 3. We’ll prepare the food you can use to feed different animals, so you don’t need to bring any food. For your safety, pls wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Everyone needs to wear mask on the homestead. 4. The whole tour will last 45 mins to an hour, you’ll have enough time feeding/petting different animals , ask questions and also take photos. 5. For birthday parties we provide one hour farm tour and options for additional time for birthday party with your guests. We have a beautiful outside patio area that will be decorated with birthday theme - you’ll be able to bring your own food for birthday picnic in the farm. Contact us for more details! Thank you! Best, The Weinberger Homestead
Woodworking - Create a Pen Using a Lathe
Have you ever been interested in woodworking but never had the tools to try it out? In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a pen from a block of wood, by turning it on a wood lathe. The class will start out by reviewing basic safety for working with the machines and the tools. I will demonstrate each step in great detail before giving you the opportunity to try it out on your own. Wood, a pen kit, and finishing materials will be provided to each participant to make one slim-style pen. Absolutely no prior experience is required and is suitable for ages 10+. You will leave this experience with a hand-made treasure that will last you a lifetime!
Woodworking - Create a Bowl Using a Lathe
Have you ever wanted to make your own wooden bowl? Have you ever been interested in woodworking but never had the tools to try it out? In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a bowl from a block of wood, by turning it on a wood lathe. The class will start out by reviewing basic safety for working with the machines and the tools. I will demonstrate each step in great detail before giving you the opportunity to try it out on your own. Wood and finishing materials will be provided to each participant to make one 5 inch by 2 inch bowl. Absolutely no prior experience is required and is suitable for ages 10+. You will leave this experience with a hand-made treasure that will last you a lifetime!
Life With Farm Animals At Rancho Roben Rescues
We will begin at the red barn where you will learn about this 12 acre sanctuary and the stories behind the 100+ rescue farm animals living on it. From there we will explore three different pastures that include horses, goats, sheep, pigs, chickens, ducks, dogs, cats and a goose. While you are here we are thrilled to guide you through an up-close experience with all of these amazing creatures while they roam freely. Many of these animals will walk right up to you to take a snack from your hand or allow you take a close-up photo with them! During your 90+ minute visit, you will: -meet a tiny rooster -groom a pony -give a belly rub to a pig -feed a snack to a goat -stroll through the hills where our livestock guardian dogs work -take pictures with a sheep (or any of the other animals) -explore our garden orchard -learn about composting (with worms) Throughout your experience you will hear stories about the animals and get answers to your questions about how we give the love and care required for all of these farm animals. We will finish with a discussion about how you can incorporate different aspects of farm life into your living space, be it on the balcony of a tiny apartment or in a sprawling suburban backyard. For guests who wish to make this an overnight experience, please check out our converted school bus: https://abnb.me/ISFQMIHQrb

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Forage Edible Plants & Mushrooms
Find out what you can eat in the woods! We'll hike in the lovely Santa Cruz mountains where I'll guide you on a beautiful, quiet 1-2 mile walk in the unique coastal oak & redwood forest. Together we'll learn the ancient ways of identifying edible and medicinal mushrooms, plants, roots, flowers, nuts and seeds (depending on the season. Mushrooms come out after the rains and fruit through winter, sometimes into spring). Along the way we'll discuss proper harvesting and preparation techniques while connecting to the beauty and abundance of our ecosystem. This experience is a fun, hands-on way to connect to what can feed, heal and harm us in the wild. You'll walk away with a whole new appreciation and understanding of nature! The hike is doable for all skill levels. See you on the trail! Other things to note: Secure your own transportation to The Buttery and we'll caravan to the hike start. Bring: layers (it can get chilly in the redwoods), water bottle and comfortable hiking shoes. Optional: hiking poles, camera, hat, sunglasses. Interested in a private group or offsite for your business team? Get in touch with me at info@MountainSeaAdventures.com
Experience Scottish Highand Cows
Come spend time with highland cows! Guests will be able to see and interact with highland cows and calves on our farm located in Linden, Ca. Each experience will last approximately an hour and will include a farm tour, education about the breed and interaction with the animals such as brushing/feeding the highlands.
Party with the animals at Bluebird Farm
At Bluebird Farm we offer an intimate family-friendly experience for all ages. When you arrive we will say hello, go over the farm rules, give a quick tour of the property and amenities then the fun begins. There's no strict timeline, you can enjoy the 3 hours at your own pace. You can meet all the animals like our alpaca, Scottish Highland cows and calf, horses, goats, mini horses and mini donkeys. We have a small critter corner where you can hang with a bunny, ducks, a tortoise, guinea pigs and chickens. Mini horse rides are available for kids (75lb weight limit) and a hayride is available for everyone! ***mini horse rides and hay ride NOT included on discounted weekday tours*** Kids can roam and use their imagination at the outdoor play area. There's a mini farmers market, play house, flower shop, garage with power wheels, mini garden, mud kitchen, sandbox and swings. Make sure to bring your own lunch and snacks. Between the activities you can sit down at the picnic tables and enjoy your lunch under the oak trees. There's an outdoor hand washing station and bathroom available. We ask you please wash your hands before and after petting and feeding the animals.
Back-to-Eden Farm & Animal Experience
Book a tour and/or book the venue to celebrate your birthday. We will meet at the drive-way and proceed to: 1. Visit and feed our beautiful variety chickens and collect eggs. (chicks-seasonal) 2. Visit and feed the ducks, watch them swim and frolic play 3.. Visit with our talkative geese and photoshoot with "Good Boy" our handsome male goose (depending on his mood) 5. Visit with our adorable newborn baby goats, pet, let them nibble from your hand and take them on a little walk. 6. Visit and feed the cows, be surprised by how their tongue feels when they take the hay off your hand and perhaps watch their calves nurse ( calves-yes!) 7. Visit with our gorgeous rabbits and cuddle them. 8. Visit with our adorable young and gentle alpacas Have your birthday with your friends on the farm surrounded by amazing scenery and peaceful surroundings- please inquire For stay at our guest houses after the tour: https://airbnb.com/h/back-to-eden-guest-house https://airbnb.com/h/havilahland-guest-house
Yosemite Cider Orchard Tour and Tasting
Take a break from the rigors of Yosemite hiking and take a relaxing stroll through our orchard. Learn about what makes our 19 varieties of apples so special (and why you probably don't want to eat them), a brief history of American cider, some slightly embellished tales about the local wildlife, and some jokes that will either make you laugh or groan, depending on the weather. Then kick back at our tasting room to enjoy some bar games, beautiful views and a meet and greet with some really nice dogs and some really goaty goats. Oh, and cider of course. You'll get to drink cider. One sip, and you'll understand why call it "Campfire Champagne."
Alpaca Experience - Learn and Hike with Furry Friends
Less than a 30 minutes from Monterey Bay, this experience, for 12 years olds and up, includes learning about alpacas then a trek/hike around the farm while leading your own alpaca! We begin in the Tuscan inspired barn, housing our horses and friendly donkey, "Jack". "Alpacas 101"-a 45 minute interactive talk regarding: origin, use, fleece, biology, breeding & behavior, helps you become an "Alpaca Expert"! Next each person pairs with an alpaca to start our trek. The trail starts through a wooded ravine, across a bridge, then adjacent to a 2,000 acre ranch where you will see beautiful vistas of the surrounding hills and mountains of Carmel Valley. We stop under a large oak trea for refreshments where we interact with the alpacas. Continuing on the trail we go back to the pastures, passing horses, alpacas, goats and more stunning views of the Valley. There will be ample opportunities to engage with your furry friends and take photos of the landscape as well as the alpacas. Other things to note: the Alpaca Trek is not suitable for children under 12. Must be able to physically walk/hike up a moderately sloped trail while leading 150+ pound alpaca. Wear proper shoes for hiking. Running shoes/sneakers are ok. We will still go on the trek if there is light rain-so if this is the forecast bring rain hats/ponchos. Be sure to bring your camera or smartphone to take lots of photos!
Weinberger Homestead in Silicon Valley
Welcome to the Weinberger homestead, we look forward to hosting you here! We are a small private family petting zoo, all animals are rescued and there’s no wild animals. They are part of our family so we’d love to share the love of animals with the world! Here’s what you can expect from this private, unique experience: 1. You’ll learn about different animals throughout the tour, and interact with them intimately. 2. We’ll have a few stops during the tour to check out our peacocks, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks. We will also stop by our home garden to teach you how to grow vegetables. We’ll do a fun quiz with you to learn about different animals! 3. We’ll prepare the food you can use to feed different animals, so you don’t need to bring any food. For your safety, pls wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Everyone needs to wear mask on the homestead. 4. The whole tour will last 45 mins to an hour, you’ll have enough time feeding/petting different animals , ask questions and also take photos. 5. For birthday parties we provide one hour farm tour and options for additional time for birthday party with your guests. We have a beautiful outside patio area that will be decorated with birthday theme - you’ll be able to bring your own food for birthday picnic in the farm. Contact us for more details! Thank you! Best, The Weinberger Homestead
Chickening, the basics of chicken keeping & poultry breeding
We will teach the basics of poultry keeping, talk about different bird species, view physiology and reproductive traits, explain showmanship for exhibition, and explore breed standards per the American Poultry Association’s publication “Standard of Perfection”. This experience will start by touring our urban farm and seeing how our organic operation supports our poultry breeding and egg production businesses. We will showcase the seasonal requirements of chicken keeping and how following the tune of nature keeps our animals healthy, happy, and reproducing top show quality animals. Guests will be able to see all stages of the poultry life-cycle from egg, incubation, brooding, and free-ranging, to breeding for standard of perfection, harvesting and culling, all the way to the end stages of life for production laying hens. Private groups will receive a tailored experience, which will highlight their interests or concerns in chicken keeping, and provide more in depth explanations to their personal questions. Please request a private booking if you would like a one-on-one consultation.
Moss Wall Design Workshop
Moss walls are a stunning way to add natural elements to your interior. Bring life to your space by adding a pop of greenery to any wall, shelf, or desk with expert guidance from the gals at The Little Shop! Our preserved moss and folia products provide exceptional acoustic benefits bring an artistic greenery to your space for years to come. What We Provide Locally handmade 8x10 Alibi Interior wood frame Assorted preserved moss/folia/pebbles/rocks and decor items Assorted air plants
Succulent Planter Design Workshop
Create your own succulent garden with the help of the gals at The Little Shop of Horticulture. During these plant workshops, we'll show you the ropes to create an amazing succulent potted arrangements to add that touch of green to your space. This hands-on workshop is the perfect combination of an interactive yet educational experience that includes: Alibi Interior wood planter box or ceramic dish Assorted Succulents Dirt & Moss Assorted toppings to match your vibe Care sheet so even the brownest thumbs You bring your friends we'll bring the supplies and all the fun!!
Intuitive Writing at the local coffee shop
We will be doing Intuitive Writing, which is a more soulful, flowy way of writing —the opposite of what you were taught in school. After a brief grounding meditation we will work through 2-5 writing prompts that are designed to unearth your most authentic self. Most guests say they leave feeling expressed, relieved, healed and whole.
Afternoons at an Alpaca, Goat, Horse and Sheep Farm
Mornings are busy at Hacienda de las Rosas! Come join us for a one of kind experience at our 5-acre farm in the quaint town of Exeter, California. Bring your farm attire, mud boots, camera, and a great sense of humor; you are in for a treat! You will be surrounded by picturesque pastures and majestic mountains as you say good morning, feed and interact with our furry farm friends! During our tour, you will hear about how we became farmers, dreamers, and animal advocates. We will share our animals' stories, how we met them, and fell in love with each of them. In addition, you will learn about animal care. During your morning you will meet our farm family which consists of: 6 alpacas-Mio, Paco, Orlando, Kloe, Annie, and Rosie 5 goats-Daily, Violet, S'mores, Sunshine, and Latte 2 sheep-Iris and Cocoa 4 horses- Amos, Jag, Charlie, and Shawnee 5 dogs- Ripp, Lily-Rose, Mimoso, and Bonbon 1 cat-Cassie and 5 kittens 2 rabbits-Peter & Peaches and their newborn bunnies We will feed all of our animals, provide them with clean water and even some treats. We will give them a lot of love and attention and wish them a great day! We will end our day with cool, country tea and fresh baked cookies as we say goodbye to our new far friends! We will provide with ideas on how you can help animals in your community; one animal at a time, we can make a difference together!
Guided Snorkel Tour
Monterey Bay is the most productive and diverse ecosystem in California! Our giant kelp forests are home to a stunning variety of life forms such as sea lions, harbor seals, otters, sea stars, crabs, anemones, and jellyfish just to name a few. This part of the Pacific is my favorite place in the entire world and I'm so excited to be your guide into this incredible underwater world. We'll start by slipping into the thick wetsuits, which will keep us toasty in the otherwise brisk salty water. After a tutorial on how to snorkel we will prepare for our shore entry. Once in the water I will guide you through the beautiful kelp forests, in search of as many fascinating plant and animal species as possible. I guarantee you'll see things you've never seen before! Other considerations: The ocean can be intimidating, especially for the first timer, but I'm here to make you feel safe and comfortable in this new environment. Swimming skills are not required and with my close guidance you’ll be snorkeling with ease in no time. It's my goal to make the underwater world accessible to everyone. This is a great family bonding experience and I highly encourage any kids (10 years and older) to join! *Ocean conditions are subject to change and difficult to predict. I do my very best to analyze ocean reports to provide the best experience possible. If conditions are unsafe we will not go!
Woodworking - Create a Pen Using a Lathe
Have you ever been interested in woodworking but never had the tools to try it out? In this 2.5 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a pen from a block of wood, by turning it on a wood lathe. The class will start out by reviewing basic safety for working with the machines and the tools. I will demonstrate each step in great detail before giving you the opportunity to try it out on your own. Wood, a pen kit, and finishing materials will be provided to each participant to make one slim-style pen. Absolutely no prior experience is required and is suitable for ages 10+. You will leave this experience with a hand-made treasure that will last you a lifetime!
ATV Adventure to Granite Indian Baths
We'll give a quick safety instruction before putting helmets on you and matching you up with one of our ATVs. We'll then head up the trail and show you breathtaking and unmatched views of the valley. We'll take you to a few hidden gems including large granite slabs with baths carved into them called 'Indian baths' and cave with petroglyphs. Guests can either choose to drive an ATV or be a passenger on one. Times and dates are flexible. Other things to note Bring a hat, sunblock, water, and snacks. Makes sure to dress appropriately for the weather.