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The Rush Ranch Educational Council (RREC), is an all volunteer, 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Our mission?To increase awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Rush Ranch and the Suisun Marsh. 

This mission is being carried out by a small but dedicated group of individuals who give freely of their time and energy as docents and board members.

Do you enjoy nature and being outdoors?

Are you interested in local history and culture?

Would you like to be part of a richly diverse group of enthusiastic individuals involved in interesting and rewarding endeavors?

Great!, because the Rush Ranch Education Council is looking for friendly and dynamic volunteers to join our team of Patwin Program docents. 

Patwin Program docents teach 3rd and 4th graders about the culture and daily lives of  the Patwin.

No experience or special knowledge needed. 

The Patwin Program takes place on Tuesday mornings during the school year.

If interested, come on out to the ranch on a Tuesday morning (9 am) and participate as an observer, or call Mary Ann at 707-864-5952.

We hope to see you there!

picture of docent with schoolchildren


The Rush Ranch Educational Council (RREC), conducts an educational program that is provided to 3rd and 4th grade classes on field trips. The popular program, designed to meet 3rd & 4th grade California History/Social Studies Education Standards, teaches children about the aboriginal peoples who were seasonal residents of the land that eventually became Rush Ranch, the Patwin Indians. The program takes place in an area on the ranch that would have been utilized by the Patwin as a village site - at the edge of the Suisun Marsh.  RREC docents use historically accurate tools and materials to demonstrate the different aspects of Patwin daily life and how the tribe was able to thrive by using only what was available to them seasonally and by practicing resource conservation. The children are divided into small groups and are rotated through six different stations - each one of which focuses on a specific area of Patwin daily culture, providing hands-on activities for the children to gain first-hand experience with native Patwin life. 

The program takes place Tuesday mornings, 9:30 to 12, during the school year.

Fee: $3 per student. Teachers and chaperones are free.

Reservations for the Patwin Prgram open at midnight on July 1st and are usually booked completely by August 1st. 

If you are a teacher interested in bringing your class to the ranch for the Patwin Program please send an email to rushranch@yahoo.com with the following information: 

Your name and contact information; your school's name and district; how many students and their grade; first, second, and third choice  of dates to attend. 

All education programs at Rush Ranch are developed and administered by the Rush Ranch Educational Council. Donations are welcome and are strictly used in our education programs, mostly to purchase materials used in the Patwin Program. 

Your help is vital to continuing our programs. If you would like to help please mail a check or money order, payable to RREC, to:

Rush Ranch Educational Council

PO Box 2088

Fairfield, CA 94533