Our Educational route
Educational school packages
Rancho Margot can host groups of between 8 and 36 children and offers 3 different packages for a six-day stay at attractive prices. The ranch has over 15 years of experience hosting groups to learn about the environment, sustainability, farming, social, and cultural aspects. We apply farm-to-table and all our products harvested from the farm go to the kitchen and are used to prepare the meals, so children can eat what they harvested. Food that is not on the farm is purchased from the farmers in the area as much as possible to stimulate the local economy.
To create your best experience
We welcome groups and are very open to create together with the school the experience you want to provide to your students. Underneath you find a short description of activities Rancho Margot can offer. We hope this helps you to choose the program. In case you need more information, you can contact us directly.
The workshop begins with a tour to the dairy section of the farm where students will learn about the milking process. The collected milk is taken to the cheese production area where the students will learn about the different steps that are involved to make mozzarella cheese. The students can taste their own prepared cheese during one of their next meals.
Rancho Margot prepares and uses its own soaps on the farm. Students are selecting their own decorative flowers, herbs, and aromatic plants. The students are continuing the workshop in the soap processing area where they are learning to prepare soap with the products they collected on the farm. The soaps need to mature a few days after which the students
Compost-making is an important activity that is used in regenerative farming. Students will be collecting material that is used to make the compost. They will learn about the process of compost-making and how it helps to neutralize the pH, restore the water-holding capacity, and increase nutrients of the soil. The students will help with mixing, they will see, feel and smell the different steps and stages of the compost, and will add compost to the soil.
Cocoa processing into Chocolate
During the tour on the farm to the cocoa trees the process of post-harvesting and fermentation of the cocoa bean is explained. Students will see the cocoa fruit on the tree, will pick some to bring to the cocoa processing area where they will experience the different steps that are required before the can taste the chocolate they prepared.
Regenerative vegetable and crop production
Students are explained about the ways crops are grown in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way in harmony with the environment. Students learn the different techniques on preparing the soil for crop production, preparing the beds, managing and maintaining crops, weeding, harvesting and post- production of de crops. The vegetables they harvest are brought to the kitchen and will be prepared for one of the next meals the students will have.
Renewable Energy Production
Students will learn about carbon neutral issues in the world and how energy is created on Rancho Margot. The organization uses the biodigester, solar, and the hydroelectric plant to serve the ranch with its electricity and the import role that water plays with this process. Students will learn about these electric generating methodologies and the aim of the ranch to be climate neutral.
Students will learn the value of animals and the role they play in a regenerative farming system. They will visit the animals in their farm habitat and learn about the feeding, the production, and the needs of the animals.
Healing balm and repellant processing
Mosquito bites and small cuts are less of an issue with some good repellant or healing balm. At the ranch, natural herbs and ingredients from the farm will be added to the products. Students will first pick ingredients from the herbal garden and will after that add these to the other ingredients to make the repellent or the healing balm.
Leisure and Adventure Activities
In addition to the farm workshops, Rancho Margot can as well organize upon request off ranch activities. Conditions and logistics can be discussed in advance.
Students can enjoy the view of the Aranal volcano while peddling on the lake.
See the rainforest from above with a secured zipline, Enjoying the thrill of nature and adventure in one.
Visit a local school in El Castillo
Experience how schools in Costa Rica are operating and students can interact and make contact with children of their own age.
A practical educational adventure about butterflies, from the Arenal Volcano surroundings.
Visit the Waterfall and La Fortuna
Enjoying the pool after a short hike while seeing the water drop 70m into the pool. Have lunch afterwards in La Fortuna.
Enjoy the warmth and the comfort of the natural heated water from the hot springs in La Fortuna area
Click in the section underneath your preferred activity and workshop choices and we will try to create the program closest to your desires.