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Environmental Education Programs

Kids

Have you discovered the joys of teaching in the outdoors? Would you like expert assistance in teaching your students about ecology, wetlands, and the environment? Bring your class to one of the nation's largest urban national wildlife refuges for your next field trip. It's fun, it's interesting, and your students will remember what they learn at the refuge for years to come. Did we mention that it's free?  

  • Field Trip Programs for Schools (K-12)

    The refuge offers free educator led field trips at both the Newark Slough Learning Center in Fremont and at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. All programs have been correlated to the appropriate State of California Education Standards.

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  • Classroom Presentations for Schools (5-12)

    Living Wetlands Program is a grant-funded program provided through a partnership between the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, the City of San Jose, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Free presentations are available to educators located in San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, and Cupertino. Off-site presentations are available on a limited and first-come basis. 

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  • Integrated Field Trip and Classroom Programs (5-12)

    Living Wetlands Program is a grant-funded program provided through a partnership between the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society, the City of San Jose, and the US Fish & Wildlife Service. This comprehensive environmental education program is free for 5-12 grade classes located in San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, and Cupertino. 

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  • Field Trip Programs and Resources (College)

    Guided field trips are offered at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. Programs generally last from 1 ½ hour – 2 hours. Reservations must be made at least 8 weeks in advance of the desired field trip date. Please contact Julie Kahrnoff, at 408-262-5513 ext 104 or at Julie.kahrnoff@sfbws.com to make a reservation.

    College instructor-led tours are also allowed at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. All college instructors planning this type of field trip must make a reservation at least 8 weeks in advance of the desired field trip date. If your group size is over 25 you will need to acquire a Special Use Permit from our Headquarters office in Fremont. Please contact Genie Moore, at 408-262-5513 ext. 100 or at Genie_moore@fws.gov or Julie Kahrnoff, at 408-262-5513 ext. 104 or at Julie.kahrnoff@sfbws.com to make a reservation.

    Suggested outline for self-guided field trips for Alviso
    Wetland Habitat Walk (pdf)

    Watershed Watchers Slide Show

  • Scout and Youth Group Programs

    The Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR offers free interactive programs for youths. During the programs participants learn about endangered species, migratory birds, wetland habitats, and the relationship between personal habits and their effects on the San Francisco Bay. These programs are designed to meet badge/patch requirements of Scout Groups, but anyone can participate. Because of the popularity of such programs, reservations are required. Badges are not provided. Dates and times for these programs are listed in the Activity Schedule, and in the quarterly newsletter, the Tideline under Scout and Youth Programs.  

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  • Cost and Available Resources

Page Photo Credits — Children on Field Trip/Justine Belson
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016
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