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Field Trips

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Throughout the school year, the refuge hosts educational field trips for students of all ages.

  • Schedule a Field Trip

    All field trips, for both guided and teacher self-guided trips, are scheduled only via reservation in order to avoid conflicting groups using the site at the same time.  Field trips and site reservations are free.  For naturalist guided environmental education field trips, we request that groups are no larger than two classes max to ensure a quality experience for the students. 

    See below for how to request a guided or teacher self-guided field trip, and how to prepare for your visit.

  • Teacher Self-Guided Field Trip Reservation

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    If you are interested in bringing out a group to Blue Heron Trails that will be teacher only led, we request that you reserve the site in advance to minimize conflicts with other potential groups.  Reservation of the site is free.  Be sure to include in your email if you want to check out Discovery Packs for your class.

    To request the site for a self-guided field trip, please send an email to stonelakes@fws.gov with the subject heading "Blue Heron Site RSVP Request" with your name, contact information, and preferably a couple potential days to check against the calendar.  A program manager will get back to you within a few days.

  • Naturalist Guided Field Trip Reservation

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    If you are interested in bringing out a group to Blue Heron Trails that will be naturalist led, we request that you reserve a date in advance to minimize conflicts with other potential groups.  Naturalist led field trips are limited by staff or docent availability.  Reservation of a field trip is free.  Subject matter outside of the 'Bee the Biologist' program can be tailored to the class upon request.

    To request a naturalist led field trip, please send an email to stonelakes@fws.gov with the subject heading "Naturalist Field Trip RSVP Request" with your name, contact information, and preferably a couple potential days to check against the calendar.  A program manager will get back to you within a few days.

  • Prepare for Your Field Trip

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    To ensure your class has the best experience possible, here is some helpful information before you arrive: 

    A non-flush restroom is available at Blue Heron Trails but there is no running water.  Be sure to bring hand sanitizer or clean water to wash hands.

    Blue Heron Trails is ADA accessible and the trails are paved.

    Classes are permitted to bring lunch or snacks, but trash recepticles are limited.  We ask that all groups take their trash back to the school.

    During certain times of the year there may be ticks and mosquitoes.  Bring insect repellent as you see needed.

    Pollen is abundant most times of the year, so allergies may be triggered.  Bring any medications as you see needed.

    During warmer weather there may be wasps.  Be sure anyone knowingly allergic to insect stings have required medications available.

    There is little shade along the trails so personal protection from the sun is encouraged, such as a hat and sunscreen.

    Bring drinking water as there are no drinking fountains on site.

    The educational kiosks are designed to supplement your in-class lessons, so please review the content before the field trip.

  • Directions to Blue Heron Trails

    Blue Heron Trails is located south of Sacramento, just outside of Elk Grove.  From Sacramento, travel south on Interstate 5 and take the Hood Franklin Road exit.  At the stop sign, turn right, heading west for about one mile.  The entrance sign and turn lane will be on your left. 

    Please note that directions from the internet are usually wrong!  Please use the directions above.

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Last Updated: Apr 17, 2014
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