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.