Costs and Available Resources

Program Costs
All environmental education programs are free. A variety of equipment, including binoculars, microscopes, dip nets, and hand lenses is available at no charge for group use. Please note that groups are responsible for replacing any equipment that is lost or damaged.

Transportation is the responsibility of the school.  Funding for buses may be available for Title 1 schools and schools with other financial needs via the Blue Goose Bus Fund. 

Groups need to bring their lunch. No trash cans are available at lunch areas. Bring sufficient numbers of boxes or bags to collect lunch garbage. We strongly encourage "no-trash" lunches, and we require the on-site recycling of glass, aluminum, juice pouches, and plastics (where applicable).

Educator Resources 
In addition to the educator guides, environmental education specialists are available to provide planning assistance. Both the Environmental Education Center (EEC in Alviso) and the Newark Slough Learning Center in Fremont have audio-visual lending libraries containing a selection of educational VHS tapes for students and training videos for field trip learning station leaders. The EEC also has a small, catalogued environmental education resource library that educators are welcome to use on-site and photocopy.  

To gain some background on the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex and the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, view the following videos on YouTube. 

Seasons of Change Program Resources 
This program was presented at the 2019 National Science Teachers Association Conference in San Francisco. "Seasons of Change" is a collaborative effort field trip created and designed by George Mayne 4th grade teacher Cynthia Overby and Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Environmental Education Center Director, Genie Moore. You are welcome to use these resources to create your own study at a local park, on your school grounds, at a local National Wildlife Refuge or Nature Preserve. For copies of the data sheets or curricula in MS Word or for further inquiries, please email

Seasons of Change - Description of Program

Seasons of Change - Sample Field Trip Schedule

Seasons of Change Habitat Hike

Data Collection Sample Workbook

Group Report Out Sample Worksheets

Bird Identification Cards

How to Use a Compass

How to Use Binoculars

Quadrat Sampling

Salinity Testing

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