The Natural Resources of San Mateo County
How did natural resources contribute to the growth of San Mateo County?
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.
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
- 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.