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Accredited by the American Alliance
of Museums

Providing Plenty:
The Natural Resources of San Mateo County


Visit a tule house, learn about mission outposts, and see a lumberjack's tools as you discover Nature's Bounty. The tour depicts the experiences of the different people who have been a part of the county's history. Students discover how the Ohlone, Spanish, Mexican, and American used the natural resources they found in the county to support their daily lives and to build San Francisco.

Ohlone Activities

After the tour, students “live” the Ohlone lifestyle as they try some of the following activities:
  • Preparing an acorn meal.
  • Using a pump drill to make shell beads.
  • Twining cordage.
  • Playing Ohlone games.
  • Allergy Allert: Nuts and furs are used during program.


  • Geared to third and fourth graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.2, 4.3, 4.5.
  • 2-hour program offered in the exhibit and the Wells Fargo Learning Center.
  • Available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
  • Allergy Allert: Nuts and furs are used during program.
  • One chaperone per every five students is required to assist with hands-on activities.
  • 2015-2016: The cost is $97 for up to 30 students. Fee applies to one class per program.

Double Program Option

Due to the size of the galleries, the regular Providing Plenty program is limited to one class per program. With the double program option, it is possible to schedule two programs to occur simultaneously. One class will start with the tour and the other with the activities. The classes will switch half-way through the program. Each class is charged the regular program fee.
We are working to fix our online registration form. Please email your request to the History Museum.
Click on the links below for PDFs with additional information to prepare for your tour.
Teacher Letter and Directions
Teacher Guide

Click on the links below for PDFs with additional information.
Chaperone Letter and Directions
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Contact Us
For more information, call 650.299.0104 or email us.