Good for you.
Good for the planet.

Good for you.
Good for the planet.

Temalpakh Farm Education Center

Everything on our planet is a living organism.  By embracing biodiversity processes and changing our mindset to respect the land and value sustainability, we can reverse much of the devastation Earth has experienced in the last decade. 

Note: “Biodiversity is the sum of all life on Earth.  Every single lifeform from the smallest bacteria in the soil to the largest whale in the sea, is a component of Earth’s biodiversity.”  (www.wild.org

Raise consciousness and educate the community regarding the local effects of climate change. Develop a mindset of stewardship to rebuild the planet for future generations. 

“From the earth.  For the people.”

Goal

Provide an interactive learning experience for people of all ages about the Cahuilla people, organic farming, environmental sciences and sustainability.

How can a group of people live in a desolate environment and make something from nothing?
  • Build a flourishing oasis from sand
  • Produce sustenance using ingredients found on the land
  • Find healing properties in nature

The keepers of the land nurtured what was available and gave back to its regeneration.  This allowed for those who came after them to live a life of abundance to meet their needs without stripping the land or resources.

Temalpakh Farm Tours

Your tour begins at the 7 Feathers Landing, where you have a 360-degree view of the farm.  You will learn about the creation of Temalpakh Farm.  You will be enlightened by the history of the Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians and their commitment to their people and the surrounding communities.

Next, you will walk the native grounds and visit the demonstration garden where you can view various plants and vegetables that are indigenous to the land and area.  Next stop is the pollination corridor and the fields where organic produce is planted, grown, harvested and sold in our Temalpakh Farm Market.   Once in the market, you’ll have the opportunity to sample one of four date varieties and try a fresh smoothie.

The educational tours can be booked by schools and groups. The cost of the basic tour is: 
$15 per adult
$10 per student/child (one chaperone per ten students is free)

Temalpakh Farms also facilitates non-school tours and events.  This may include a focused tour of farm systems by a subject matter expert, special event and may include a farm to table lunch or dinner.  Please note, there is a fee for catered and special events and costs vary. Please contact Adrienne Edmondson at EducationCenter@augustinetribe.com to discuss the objectives of your tour.

For corporate events please contact Lindsay Grant at lgrant@379emc.com.

Sustainability Education for K-12

Temalpakh Education Center offers additional educational programs designed to change how we treat our planet.

Our traveling trunk program is a fine example of how to educate our youth and local communities using interactive activities to increase their knowledge of the devastating effect climate change is having on our planet.  The traveling trunk program is an interactive way of educating individuals on climate change and allows them ways to create solutions that lead to improvements of our fragile environment. 

The Temalpakh Farm Education Center has teamed up with Climate Science Alliance – Climate Kids Initiative to promote more awareness of what climate change is doing to our environment. The traveling trunk program is an interactive way of educating individuals on climate change and empowering them to create solutions that lead to improvements in our fragile environment. 

Each trunk comes packed with:

  • Step-by-step manual (Kindergarten to High School)
  • A digital copy (USB)
  • Evaluations – pre and post
  • Lessons plans
  • Related handouts (English and Spanish)
  • Lecture materials (PowerPoint)
  • Hands on activities

The trunks cover five areas of climate change:

  • Climate Science and Pollinators
  • Climate Science and Oceans
  • Climate Science and Carnivores
  • Climate Science and the Atmospheric Chemistry
  • Climate Science and Food System


Also available – Educational book boxes by grade level. They are all equipped with:

  • A list of all books
  • Copy of reading guide with reflection sheets that include guiding questions, book review prompts and hands on activities. These items can be copied to facilitate discussion
  • Physical copy of the “10 Things You Can Do to Help the Earth” in English and Spanish
  • A digital copy (USB) of Reading Guide, the “10 Things You Can Do to Help the Earth” and the Living Library.
  • And of course, the books!

Here are some things we can all do

  • Save electricity! Plug appliances into a power strip and turn them off when not in use
  • Go paperless! Pay bills online
  • Take shorter showers. Bathtubs require more water (we are talking gallons of water) than a 5- to 10-minute shower
  • Use refillable water bottles and coffee cups
  • Bring your own reusable shopping bag
  • Freeze vegetables and fruits to cut down on waste
  • Don’t take more than you need of things
  • Keep landfills from growing by recycling paper, aluminum, glass and plastic
  • Replace old appliances with newer energy efficient models
  • If you have a dishwasher, don’t rinse! Just put dishes in the dishwasher
  • Cut down on fossil fuels by finding alternative ways to go to work
  • Eat locally
  • Support your local farmer’s markets

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