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. The Living Wetlands integrated program offers
a deeper look at the issues surrounding the health of the South Bay wetlands.
The format for this program consists of a one-period (approximately 45 minutes-1
hour) classroom presentation (per class), a field trip to the Don Edwards San
Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Alviso, and a one-period follow-up
presentation (per class). Each class will have the opportunity to engage in
interactive environmental science activities during the classroom presentations
and field trip. Typical classroom activities involve watershed literacy,
endangered species, pollution prevention activities, wastewater, and water
conservation. Typical field trip activities involve urban runoff pollution prevention, macro
invertebrate study, and a guided habitat comparison hike. The integrated program
is free of charge. However, transportation, chaperones, rainwear, and lunch are
not provided. Participating schools are responsible for these items. Maximum
group size for a classroom presentation is 30 students, and a maximum group size
for a field trip is 60 students. A 1:10 adult chaperone to student ratio is
To schedule for one of the programs listed above, contact the Living Wetlands Coordinator at
408-262-5513 ext. 102.
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