Environmental Education Programs


Have you discovered the joys of teaching in the outdoors? Would you like expert assistance in teaching your students about ecology, wetlands, and the environment? Bring your class to one of the nation's largest urban national wildlife refuges for your next field trip. It's fun, it's interesting, and your students will remember what they learn at the refuge for years to come. Did we mention that it's free?  

Dear Educators, 

Check out the new distance learning unit about the salt marsh that we've created. We are still working on some of the videos and activities, but much of it is ready for you to use! There are even more resources and updates coming soon. 

If you  have questions please contact Tia Glagolev, tia_glagolev@fws.gov or Hope Presley, watershedwatchers@sfbayws.org


The Environmental Education Team.

  • Distance Learning

    We want you to know that we are here to support your student’s education about the natural world. We are proud to announce that our Environmental Education Team has created the Refuge’s first ever distance learning unit. Click here to learn more about these new resources:

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  • Field Trip Programs for Schools (K-12)

    The refuge offers free educator led field trips at both the Newark Slough Learning Center in Fremont and at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. All programs have been correlated to the appropriate State of California Education Standards.

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  • Field Trip Programs and Resources (College)

    Live Virtual Field Trip Programs

    Virtual field trip programs are guided by staff through an online virtual platform, such as Zoom. Program is one hour, and includes a PowerPoint presentation, as well as videos and photos from the Refuge that take students on a virtual habitat hike. To make a reservation or ask questions, please email us at watershedwatchers@sfbws.com

    Due to funding restrictions, reservations are limited and first priority will be given to schools located within Santa Clara County.

    Resources available for teacher-lead programs:

    Wetland Habitat Walk (pdf)

    Watershed Watchers Slide Show

  • Scout and Youth Group Programs

    Environmental Education Center in Alviso
    Programs offered for Boy and Girl Scout Groups at the Environmental Education Center are sponsored by the Watershed Watchers Program. Programs are 1.5 hours and are offered September-May only. Requests must be scheduled 8-12 weeks in advance, and badges are not provided (group leaders are responsible for fulfilling badge requirements). Please contact Hope Presley at hope.presley@sfbws.com to schedule. Due to funding restrictions, program numbers are limited and first priority will be given to groups located within Santa Clara County.

    Visitor Center in Fremont
    Webelos Adventure Into the Wild programs are offered in Fremont. Dates and times will be listed in the Activity Schedule and in Activity Schedule in the quarterly newsletter Tideline. Badges are not provided.

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  • Cost and Available Resources