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News & Announcements:Community partner spotlight: The Friends of Daley Ranch

An animal expert shows a live falcon to a group of students.

At EUSD, we’re grateful for our many community partners and supporters! In this article, we’d like to feature one of them: The Friends of Daley Ranch (FODR).

For 14 years, FODR (an all-volunteer, non-profit organization) has taken the lead in organizing and implementing a wonderful outdoor education program for EUSD’s seventh-grade students. Once again this year, the Friends of Daley Ranch were able to provide this unique educational opportunity at no cost to our schools and students.

While FODR voluntarily takes the lead in their program’s planning and implementation, its success is truly reliant upon the collaborative efforts of many.

Joining FODR are others who are also committed to enhancing educational opportunities for EUSD’s students, including: FODR’s many generous grantors and donors, the terrific Daley Ranch Rangers, many dedicated volunteers, and some very knowledgeable professional docents.

During their day at the Ranch, EUSD students rotate through multiple learning stations to discover the history of Daley Ranch and its many inhabitants, both past and present. Not only do they take a step back in time to learn about some of the Ranch’s first inhabitants — the Native Americans — but they’re also introduced to the rich history of the Daley family, and what life was actually like on their working ranch so many years ago.

The historic ranch house where the Daley family lived.

While hiking, students learn about many native plants and how they’ve had to adapt to the Ranch’s environment in order to survive.

Finally, no introduction to the wonders of Daley Ranch would be complete without opportunities to learn about — and, in some cases, interact with — the many animals that continue to call Daley Ranch their home. Students get to see reptiles, spiders, and birds of prey up close and personal!

Students feed a baby California Desert Tortoise. While tortoises like this are not found in Daley Ranch, they provide the students with an opportunity to safely see characteristics shared with other reptile species.

EUSD thanks FODR and their many supporters for providing this unique, hands-on educational opportunity for our students, in one of nature’s most spectacular “outdoor classrooms” — Daley Ranch!

Learn more

Visit the Friends of Daley Ranch website: daleyranch.org.