Trail Closure

At Kirby Park, the accessible trail remains closed due to storm damage.

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Field Trips

Field Trips

School and youth field trips for K-12 and college students

In-Person Field Trips

Enrich your students’ learning with a visit to the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. We invite you to bring your students to walk the trails, explore the wonders of the many habitats, conduct field investigations, and ask questions about the marvels they encounter.

Teachers are welcome to choose between two offerings, Estuary Investigations or Self-Guided Explorations. Our Estuary Investigations field trips are grade-level specific and align with California’s NGSSs. These field trip experiences include hikes and field investigations that connect to grade-level science themes.

Interested in stewardship opportunities for high school students? Consider our Stewardship, Education, and Action program.

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Work with the Reserve Education staff to design a naturalist-led visit that complements your teaching goals with hands-on activities that provide your students with time to experience and explore the wonders of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

Days: Wednesday-Sunday.

Time: Open between 9:00am-5:00pm.

Duration: 1-3 hours.

Group size: 60 or less.

Chaperones: Minimum 1 per 12 (K-12) students. Please inform your chaperones that they are meant to be active participants.

Grade Level: K-College.

Required: A 15-minute orientation with a naturalist before entering the Reserve.

Trail Walk: Choose from any of the trails, conditions permitting, and conduct your own activities and/or investigations.

Estuary Investigations activities are organized in grade bands K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Choose 3 activities under your grade level for your visit.

Teachers can combine time in the Visitor Center with a Reserve trail walk. Students will learn about the habitats and wildlife found on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve while they explore the trails and Visitor Center exhibits.

This is a self-led visit; a teacher and/or chaperone is required to be with students at all times.

Days: Wednesday-Sunday.

Times: Open between 9:00am -5:00pm.

Duration: Up to the teacher.

Group size: 40 or less.

Chaperones: Minimum 1 per 8 (K-12) students.

Grade Level: K-College.

Required: A 15-minute orientation with a naturalist before entering the Reserve.

Trail Walk: You can choose from any of the trails, conditions permitting; educational kits and binoculars are available for check-out. Lunch and snacks can be eaten on the picnic tables.

A unique opportunity for high school students to work with a Reserve steward and learn about conservation.

There is limited availability for this unique field trip. High school students spend time learning about a Reserve restoration project and then learn how to use various tools before heading out into the field to work alongside a Reserve steward. Group size is limited to 20 max, plan on a 4-hour commitment. Field work is seasonal and based on available projects.

Estuary Investigations Activities

All of our educational activities and kits support the Next Generation Science Standards. We have created an environmental education program that encourages investigation, exploration, analysis, and engagement, and moves students towards environmental literacy. Explore your grade level choices below.

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We are here to support you!

Please phone with any questions and to discuss how we can bring the slough to you.

Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator
(831) 728-2822
virginia.guhin@wildlife.ca.gov

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