Sanchez Adobe School Program

Experience life on a Californio rancho! Take a trip back in time during a visit to the Sanchez Adobe. Discover the early use of the land and its natural resources during a grounds tour. Students are introduced to the people who lived at the site which was an Ohlone village, a Spanish mission outpost and a Mexican rancho.

Hands-On Activities

The hands-on history program features three activity stations:

  • Take a house tour and participate in daily chores of a Californio rancho by grinding corn and roping a “cow.”
  • Make candles and learn about the hide-and-tallow trade.
  • Climb into the mud pit and make adobe bricks like those used to build the Sanchez Adobe.
  • Geared to fourth graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 4.2, 4.3.
  • 3-hour program.
  • Available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. There are also programs available on many Mondays and Fridays. As the site is not scheduled to be open on those days, there is an additional fee of $35.
  • 2018-2019: The cost is $140 for a San Mateo County class of up to 30 students; $160 for other counties. Fee applies to one class per program.
Size Limitations

To protect the historic site and for better quality of programming, school programs at the Sanchez Adobe are limited to one class.


The school program occurs rain or shine. Some modification of activities occurs on rainy days.