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Published on: 4/24/2018 5:41 PM
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School Field Trip Programs
 
Connect your class with nature and history in our local County Parks. We offer a variety of curriculum-based field trip programs throughout the year. Request a field trip online today!

Most field trips last 1-2 hours and can accommodate one class per time slot. Unless otherwise noted, field trips are $50 per class, and payments are due in full upon arrival to the park. Title 1 schools receive 50% off program fees. Programs are led by interpretive staff and supported by volunteer docents. We are always looking for enthusiastic school program docents. For more information on volunteering, click HERE.


Alviso Marina School Field Trip Program – wetlands and our changing climate

Location: Alviso Marina County Park in Alviso
Target Grade Level(s): 5th and up
Maximum Number of Students: 30
Program Duration: 1-2 hours
Program Fee: FREE

Overview: Coming in 2018, students will explore the tidal marsh environment of Alviso Slough aboard Santa Clara County’s new “floating classroom”. This boat-based field trip will support Next Generation Science Standards and is expected to debut in late spring 2018. Check our website back in January for program dates.

If you are an educator for grades 5+ and would like to bring your class out on the slough, please click HERE​ to complete an interest form.

 
Bernal Ranch School Field Trip Program early California history and ranch life

Location:  Santa Teresa County Park’s Historic Bernal Ranch in San Jose
Target Grade Level(s): K-5th
Maximum Number of Students: 35
Program Duration: 2 hours (10am-noon on Tue & Wed mornings)
Program Fee: $50 (Title 1 schools receive a 50% discount)
 
Overview: A visit to the Ranch immerses students in the realities of living and working on a family ranch in the 1800s. Park staff will take students back in time with activities and a tour of the restored ranch house, barn, garden, and/or the Santa Teresa spring.
 
Click HERE to request a field trip at Bernal Ranch


Chitactac School Field Trip Program California Indians and natural resources

Location:  Chitactac Adams County Park in Gilroy
Target Grade Level(s): 3rd/4th
Maximum Number of Students: 35
Program Duration: 2 hours (10am-noon on Wed, Thu, Fri mornings)
Program Fee: $50 (Title 1 schools receive a 50% discount)
 
Overview: Students will learn about the local tribal region by exploring ways in which the Amah Mutsun utilized the natural resources along Uvas Creek for thousands of years. Students will explore the park through activity stations focused on wildlife and hunting, native plants and their uses, and life in the Chitactac village community. The field trip curriculum was been updated in the 2016-2017 school year to incorporate connections to Next Generation Science Standards.  Learn more in our Teaching and Activity Guide - Chitactac-Adams.

Click HERE to request a field trip at Chitactac


Martial Cottle School Field Trip Program – agricultural history and life on a farm
Location:  Martial Cottle Park in San Jose
Target Grade Level(s): 2nd/3rd
Maximum Number of Students: 35
Program Duration: 1.5 hours (9:30-11am & 12-1:30pm on Tue & Thu)
Program Fee: $50 (Title 1 schools receive a 50% discount)
 
Overview: This 90-minute, hands‐on program is designed for second and third grades. Students participate in activities the three Cottle Ranch children might have taken part in and compare maps, photographs and current views from the park to see how the valley has changed from the early 1900s until now.  Learn more in our Teaching and Activity Guide - Martial Cottle​.

Click HERE to request a field trip at Martial Cottle Park
 

New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum School Field Trip Program rocks, mining, and the California Gold Rush

Location:  New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum in San Jose
Target Grade Level(s): 4th
Maximum Number of Students: 35
Program Duration: 1.5 hours (9:30-11am on Mon, Tue, Fri mornings)
Program Fee: $50 (Title 1 schools receive a 50% discount)

Overview: Students explore the history and science of mercury mining and its importance to the gold rush and local mining communities through a museum tour and hands-on activities indoors and outdoors at the Casa Grande. Learn more in our Teaching and Activity Guide for the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum.​

Learn more in our Teaching and Activity Guide for the New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum.
 
Click HERE to request a field trip at New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum
 
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Custom Programs & Tours


Guided Program or Museum Tour

Location:  Various locations throughout Santa Clara County Maximum Number of participants: 25-35, depending on program Program Duration: 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on program  Program Fee: $50/hour of staff time in-parks, $60/hour offsite (minimum 2 hours of programming for offsite requests)
 
Overview: Don’t see what you’re looking for in one of our existing field trip options? Perhaps you want to bring a group to tour the Quicksilver Mining Museum or want to bring your Girl Scouts out on a guided nature-hike? Let us know what you are looking for, and we’ll do our best to accommodate if staff is available. Custom tours are available on a limited basis. 
 
Click HERE to request a custom program


Self-Guided Tours

Individuals and groups may conduct a self-guided park visit during open hours. However, groups of 10 or more are advised to contact the park interpretive staff in advance at education@prk.sccgov.org to find out if their activities may conflict with a previously scheduled group visit or event.

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Classroom Kits, Activity Guides, and Online Resources

Teaching kits are available throughout the year for a variety of topics. To reserve your teaching kit, contact education@prk.sccgov.org. Kits are available for up to two weeks at a time. Cost is $10 per week.

Activity Guides are designed to support learning, before, during, and after park field trip programs. Guides are currently being updated to better correlate with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core. Teachers can access the most recent versions of activity guides at the links below:

•    Teaching and Activity Guide - Bernal Ranch
•    Teaching and Activity Guide - Chitactac-Adam
   Teaching and Activity Guide - Martial Cottle
•    Teaching and Activity Guide - Quicksilver Mining Museum
•    Ohlone People Educator’s Guide•   
•    Just For Kids: More opportunities to connect with nature.


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