Environmental Education Programs

Kids

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?  

  • 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)

    Staff-led Field Trips
    Guided field trips by staff are two hours long and include a PowerPoint presentation followed by a habitat hike at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. Reservations must be made at least eight weeks in advance of the desired field trip date. Please contact Hope Presley at hope.presley@sfbws.com or 408-262-5513 ext. 104.

    College Instructor-led Field Trips
    Instructors from local colleges can lead their own field trip excursions at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. All instructors planning this type of excursion must make a reservation at least eight weeks in advance of the desired field trip date. If your group size is over 25, you will need to acquire a special use permit from our headquarters office in Fremont. Please contact Hope Presley at hope.presley@sfbws.com or 408-262-5513 ext. 104.

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

    Suggested outline for self-guided field trips for Alviso
    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