Field Trips

Students in Butterfly Garden


Our dynamic environmental education program offers free educator-led field trips. Teachers, outdoor education leaders, adult leaders, and students are actively involved in exploring the diverse habitats of the refuge. Students participate in a variety of hands-on group activities that are designed to teach ecological concepts that focus on the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge's resource management issues such as habitat preservation, endangered species, and migratory birds. Integrating science, art, history, social studies, math, language arts, and the physical education, the activities are adaptable to students of all grade levels. And what's more, they're fun! All programs have been correlated to the appropriate State of California Education Standards. We are currently piloting new activities that support the Next Generation Science Standards!

There are two field trip programs at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge:

1. Wetland Round-Up Field Trip Program (Grades K-6)

Dear Educators, 
Last year, the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex staff began a work prioritization process to guide the optimal allocation of our limited funding and staffing capacity in the years ahead. Over the next six to eight months the focus of our planning effort will be the visitor services and educational programs we offer. 

To provide refuge staff the time necessary to engage in this important evaluation and planning effort, we will not be offering our usual lottery for the Wetland Round-up Field Trip program (Fremont and Alviso) for spring 2018.  

We encourage you to reach out to other local environmental education providers for field trip options. Please continue to check our website for updates and information about the 2018-2019 school year. 

We appreciate your continued participation and support of our programs. 

Genie Moore, Environmental Education Specialist,, 408-262-5513 ext. 100 

Tia Glagolev, Environmental Education Specialist,, 510-792-0222 ext. 474
Jared Underwood, Refuge Manager,, 510-792-0222 ext. 125 

Environmental Education Center in ALVISO
Newark Slough Learning Center in FREMONT

2.  Watershed Watchers Program Habitat Restoration Service Learning Field Trips (Grades 5-12)

The Watershed Watchers program is excited to announce the addition of Habitat Restoration Service Learning field trips for grades 5-12. Students have the opportunity to learn about the important habitats that surround the Bay, the wildlife that depend on them and how they can help at the refuge and at home. Watershed Watchers is an interpretive program offered at no cost though the cooperative efforts of the Santa Clara Valley Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society

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