Home School Opportunities
Welcome to the Ranch! Home schooling families are welcome to visit any time for a self-guided experience. Costumed interpreters are stationed at each historical site to interact with families, demonstrate period skills and bring to life various aspects of the 1830s, 1860s, 1890s and 1930s.
Cost: General admission
- $15 for ages 13+
- $12 – Seniors (ages 65+)
- $10 – Children (ages 4-12)
- Children ages 3 and under are free.
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Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tip: If you would like to visit us during the week, a good time to arrive is between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to avoid large groups.
Hands-On Summer History
Come out and visit the Ranch between 10 a.m. and noon each week during the summer to discover a new hands-on historical activity. Cost is included with general admission; guests can participate in these activities as part of their self-guided experience at no extra charge. For more information regarding our schedule this summer, please click here.
The structured program option gives families the opportunity to experience specific programs at specific sites. The programs are designed for larger groups, and are perfect for co-op groups or multiple homeschooling families. Structured programs are scheduled for select dates in September and January and must be booked in advance.
Upcoming Dates: September 12 & 13, 2018 • January 23 & 24, 2019
Program Times: 9:30 a.m. and Noon
Ages: 4 to 15
Student Price: $7/student per program.
Adult Chaperone Price: $10/chaperone per day. Parents must accompany their children throughout all programs and activities. All students must be supervised at all times.
Program Choices: Pioneers in Texas / From Pasture to Parlor
Booking: Email email@example.com, call 281-343-0218, or book on-line below. Note: Families must register and pay in advance as space is limited.
Pioneers in Texas
Learn about pioneer life in 1830s pre-Revolution Texas through an exploration of how early pioneers accomplished the essential—food, shelter and clothing—in this new land. Students will:
- Experience an open hearth cooking demonstration and learn about food acquisition in this new frontier.
- Discover domestic life with an introduction to the dog trot cabin and a fire-making demonstration. In addition, tour the outbuildings which were critical extensions of the home on an early stock farm.
- Explore log cabin life through spinning and weaving demonstrations as well as hands-on activities such as hand ginning cotton and finger spinning.
- Additional rotations may include activities such as Native American sign language, chores or field work.
From Pasture to Parlor
Experience life in 1860s post-Civil War Texas with a visit to the home of Polly Ryon and her husband. Learn about the lives of the different people who helped operate a working Ranch in this era. Students will:
- Learn about the life of the 19th century child and experience the one-room school house.
- Discover the life of a 1860s cowboy with interactive activities that explore the Ryons’ ranching operations.
- Explore domestic service life at a large ranch and participate in the daily chores necessary to keep the ranch running smoothly. Hands-on activities may include laundry, cooking and/or other daily chores.
- Additional rotations may include activities based on the life of the 19th century ranch owner. Activities may include etiquette, business practices or genteel domestic skills.
Little Farmers (Pre-K through 1st Grade)
Bring the little ones out and learn about farming at our 1890s Sharecropper Farm site. This program will include live animal encounters. Students will:
- Listen to a story about life on a farm and learn how everyone needs to work together to make a farm prosper.
- Learn how crops grow with our Sharecropper and get their hands dirty with a growing experience.
- Meet some of the Ranch animals and learn how to care for and feed our farm animal friends.
Tales of Texas Homeschool Day
February 21, 2019
- Capture the independent Texas spirit!
- First-Person Tales of Historical Figures
- Hands-On Activities
- Historical Vignettes
- Historic Home Tours
Book online now for Tales of Texas Home School Day or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are proud to offer our families with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), as well as other sensory and developmental challenges, a local attraction with a customized and welcoming environment. The George Ranch Historical Park’s Sensory-Friendly Guide shows the locations of the Quiet Corners, which can be used as needed. Sensory kits are available at each site and are filled with items such as weighted lap pads, stress balls, fidgets, coloring pages and short story books. Noise-canceling headphones and color therapy glasses are also available for check-out at the Visitor Center. These items are first come, first-serve. For more information, click here.