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 Kinder-4)

 Wetland Round-Up field trip programs, designed for Kinder – 4th grade students, are offered at our Headquarters in Fremont, and at the Environmental Education Center in Alviso. This program actively involves teachers, adult volunteers, and students in investigating the diverse habitats and wildlife at the Refuge. The hands-on, small-group activities are designed to teach basic ecological concepts and to introduce endangered species, migratory birds, and wetland habitats to the students. All programs have been correlated to the appropriate State of California Education Standards. We are piloting new and modified activities that support Next Generation Science Standards.

Educators and adult leaders conduct their own field trips after attending a Field Trip Workshop. We provide easy to follow “scripts” for each station, but both “leaders” and “chaperones” are strongly encouraged to attend a Field Trip Workshop. New teachers must attend a Field Trip Workshop.

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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