Program CostsAll environmental
education programs are free. A variety of equipment, including binoculars,
microscopes, dip nets, and hand lenses is available at no charge for group use.
Please note that groups are responsible for replacing any equipment that is lost
TransportationTransportation is the
responsibility of the school. Funding for buses may be available for Title 1 schools and schools with other financial needs via the Yellow Bus Fund.
LunchGroups need to bring their
lunch. No trash cans are available at lunch areas. Bring sufficient numbers of
boxes or bags to collect lunch garbage. We strongly encourage "no-trash"
lunches, and we require the on-site recycling of glass, aluminum, juice pouches,
and plastics (where applicable).
Educator Resources In addition to
the educator guides, environmental education specialists are available to
provide planning assistance. Both the Environmental Education Center (EEC in
Alviso) and the Newark Slough Learning Center in Fremont have audio-visual
lending libraries containing a selection of educational VHS tapes for students
and training videos for field trip learning station leaders. The EEC also has a
small, catalogued environmental education resource library that educators are
welcome to use on-site and photocopy.
To gain some background on the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, view the following videos on YouTube.
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Barn Swallows arrive at the refuge in April and May in great numbers to breed. Their acrobatic antics brings joy to many and they also provide mosquito control naturally.