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. We are currently piloting new activities that support the Next Generation Science 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)
Field Trips Off-site Presentations for Schools and Youth Groups* Integrated Field Trip and Classroom Programs*
Due to funding restrictions: First priority will be given to schools in the following districts: Alum Rock Union Elementary, East Side Union High, Franklin-McKinley Elementary and San Jose Unified. Second priority will be given to schools in San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Campbell, and Cupertino.
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Winter is a great time to see raptors in the San Francisco Bay Area. This American kestrel is about the size of a jay and can often be found sitting on power lines. They sometimes hover in the air hunting for food. Its primary food is insects.