Field trips provide opportunities for direct study of the environment and exposure to resources not available at the school site. The following list highlights some of the best and most accessible field trip destinations for environmental education in San Mateo County.
Año Nuevo State Reserve
Año Nuevo State Reserve was established to protect the habitat and breeding grounds for the Northern Elephant Seal and is a unique landscape of the California coast.
Guided walks are available during breeding season (December 15-March 31) $21 for groups of 20, $20 parking fee for buses.
California Academy of Sciences
School tours on natural science topics. Cost: approximately $1.50/person.
California Department of Parks and Recreation
San Mateo Coast District
95 Kelly Avenue
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Class visits and Ranger-led park activities can be scheduled with availability of Park staff. Subjects include marsh, tide pool, birds, Native Americans, fish, insects, and others.
Coyote Point Museum
Call Bonnie Richards at (650) 340-7598 to schedule activities regarding environmental education and the natural history of the San Francisco Bay Area.
The museum's community education program includes field trips, slides, lectures, and other activities. Fee varies by activity.
EVS offers hands-on classroom presentations and docent-led field trips in the area. Subject areas include ecology, geology, conservation, and Native American culture. A minimal fee is required.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
Bob Breen, Naturalist
Docent-led field trips are available in this protected marine area with a diversity of coastal wildlife. Groups of 10 or more are required to make a reservation to visit the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve tidepools. For more information, visit http://parks.smcgov.org/fitzgerald-marine-reserve-reservations or call 650-363-4021.
Tory Russell, Education Program Manager
Education programs are available for pre-k through high school, including Live Wildlife Ambassador classroom presentations, Nature Van classroom presentations, Nature Hikes at sites throughout the North Bay and Center Tours at our center in San Rafael. Scholarships are available.
Marine Mammal Center
Class tours focus on features of marine mammals. Visits to your school can also be arranged.
Marine Science Institute
The Institute offers two programs, one on the beach and one in your school. Both are hands-on marine science learning. One of them can be brought to your school.
School education programs offered in both marine and freshwater sciences.
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