Online School Program

Providing Plenty

The Natural Resources of San Mateo County

Online during COVID-19

As students are attending school virtually, the San Mateo County Historical Association is offering online school programs starting October 1, 2020.

Program

Discover the experiences of the different people who have been a part of the county’s history in this virtual program. First, students will view a pre-recorded video tour of the Nature’s Bounty exhibit. Then, students will engage in a docent-led Zoom presentation to discover how the Ohlone, Spanish, Mexican and Americans used the natural resources they found in the county to support their daily lives and to build San Francisco. An optional hands-on activity, creating a replica staves game set, is also available for an additional fee.

Details

  • Available on Tuesdays-Fridays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. (other times by special arrangement)
  • Link to pre-recorded tour will be mailed after payment is received.
  • Hands-on Activity materials will be mailed to the school; contact us if you require alternate arrangements. Please schedule tours with hand-on activities at least 10 days advance to allow for kit assembly and mailing.
  • Fees 2020-2021: Fees apply to one class per program.
    • Without hands-on activity: $50 for a 40-minute program
    • With hands-on activity: $60 for a 50-minute program

Some scholarships are available for low-income schools. To apply, complete the online scholarship form.

How did natural resources contribute to the growth of San Mateo County?

Tour

Visit a tule house, learn about mission outposts, and see a lumberjack’s tools as you discover Nature’s Bounty. The tour depicts the experiences of the different people who have been a part of the county’s history.

Students discover how the Ohlone, Spanish, Mexican, and American used the natural resources they found in the county to support their daily lives and to build San Francisco.

Two students view a display at Providing Plenty school program at the San Mateo County History Museum

Discover the natural resources on a Spanish mission farm.

Ohlone Activities

After the tour, students “live” the Ohlone lifestyle as they try some of the following activities:

  • Preparing an acorn meal
  • Using a pump drill to make shell beads
  • Twining cordage
  • Playing Ohlone games
  • Allergy Alert: Nuts and furs are used during program
Young girl with a pump drill at Providing Plenty school program at the San Mateo County History Museum
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  • Geared to third and fourth graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5.

Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify natural resources of the area used by the Ohlone, Spanish and Mexicans.
  • Students will be identify the changing use of natural resources as inhabitants moved from the Ohlone hunter‐gather lifestyle to the Spanish agrarian lifestyle.
  • Students will be able to identify the importance of natural resources to the rancho economy.