Our dynamic environmental education program offers free educator-led field trips. Teachers, outdoor education leaders, adult leaders, and students are actively involved in exploring the diverse habitats of the refuge. Students participate in a variety of hands-on group activities that are designed to teach ecological concepts that focus on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge's resource management issues such as habitat preservation, endangered species, and migratory birds. Integrating science, art, history, social studies, math, language arts, and the physical education, the activities are adaptable to students of all grade levels. And what's more, they're fun! All programs have been correlated to the appropriate State of California Education Standards.There are two field trip programs at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge:
1. Wetland Round-Up Field Trip Program (Grades K-6)
Environmental Education Center in ALVISO Newark Slough Learning Center in FREMONT
Funding for Buses Available for Title 1 Schools
2. Living Wetlands Environmental Education Program in Alviso (Grades 5-12 & College)
Field Trips Off-site Presentations for Schools and Youth Groups* Integrated Field Trip and Classroom Programs*
*These Living Wetlands programs are available on a limited and first-come basis to educators in San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, and Cupertino.
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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.