Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead
Led by the San Dieguito River Park, students learn what it was like to be a pioneering family in San Diego and the importance of the natural environment in daily living. At Sikes, students participate in a series of activities designed to teach them about daily life in the late 1800s including gardening, making butter, and 19th century laundry. Students also learn about the importance of water to the pioneers and test the quality of the water from the farmstead’s on-site well.
- learn about the role water and the San Dieguito River play in agriculture in the San Pasqual Valley;
- learn about the role the San Pasqual Valley played in early California history, such as the Mexican-American War;
- learn about and gain an appreciation for the difficulties and challenges of the lives of pioneer farming families in the San Pasqual Valley, such as the Sikes family; and
- learn how the family coped with water issues throughout the seasons.
Made possible by a grant from The San Diego Foundation
Material compiled by:
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
The San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority
The Volcan Mountain Foundation
San Diego Archaeological Center
Material generously contributed by:
The San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
California Performance Expectations & Dimensions
Note: This program can assist with meeting the following Performance Expectations and Dimensions from California’s Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).
Grades 6-8: MS-ESS3-1; MS-ESS3-2; MS-ESS3-3; MS-ESS3-4; MS-ESS3-5; MS-LS2-1; S LS2-2; MS-LS2-3; MS-LS2-4; MS-LS2-5.
Grades 9-12: HS-LS2-6; HS-LS2-8; HS-LS4-6; HS-ESS2-5; HS-ESS3-1; HS- HS-ESS3-4; HS ESS3-6.
Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12
Subject Areas: Science, Archaeology
Setting: San Diego Archaeological Center
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