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Published on: 8/14/2018 8:55 AM
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School Field Trip Programs
 
Connect your class with nature and history in your local County Parks. We offer a variety of curriculum-based field trip programs for grades K-6. 

Most field trips last 1-2 hours and can accommodate one class per time slot. 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

 

Grade

Field Trip Program

Location

K-1

Pieces of the Past (Pedazos Del Pasado)

Bernal Ranch at Santa Teresa County Park 

2-3

Cottle Ranch Children

Martial Cottle Park 

3-4

Chitactac

Chitactac Adams Heritage County Park 

4

Quicksilver Mining Museum

Almaden Quicksilver County Park

5

Raptor Route (Ruta De Rapaces) 

Bernal Ranch at Santa Teresa County Park 

6+

Exploring our Changing Bay

Alviso Marina County Park 

 

 

Programs for Grades K-3

 

Pieces of the Past (Pedazos Del Pasado) – early California history at Bernal Ranch 
Location: Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch at Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose
Grade Level(s): K/1st
Maximum Number of Students: 30
Language: English (English/Español by request)
Program Duration: 2 hours (10am -12pm)

Program Fee: $100 (Half price for schools with 50% or more students qualifying for free and reduced meals)
 
Overview:
 Students will learn about the Bernal Ranch area's past inhabitants including the Muwekma Ohlone, Chicano ranchers, and Bernal family. Through artifacts and a visit to the historical house students will explore early California life at the ranch. The field trip curriculum aligns with Common Core: Social Studies standards for grades K/1.


Click HERE to submit a program request

 

 

Cottle Ranch Children – agricultural history and life on a farm
Location: Martial Cottle Park in San Jose
Grade Level(s): 2nd/3rd 
Maximum Number of Students: 30
Program Duration: 1.5 hours (10-11:30am)
Program Fee: $100 
(Half price for schools with 50% or more students qualifying for free and reduced meals)

 
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 submit a program request 

 


Chitactac School Program – California Indians and natural resources 
Location: Chitactac Adams County Park in Gilroy
Grade Level(s): 3rd/4th 
Maximum Number of Students: 35
Program Duration: 2 hours (10am-12pm)
Program Fee: $100 
(Half price for schools with 50% or more students qualifying for free and reduced meals)
 
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. Learn more in our Teaching and Activity Guide - Chitactac-Adams.

Click HERE to submit a program request




Programs for Grades 4-6

 

Quicksilver Mining Museum School Program – rocks, mining, and the California Gold Rush
Location: New Almaden Quicksilver Mining Museum in San Jose
Grade Level(s): 4th
Maximum Number of Students: 35
Program Duration: 1.5 hours (10-11:30am)
Program Fee: $100 
(Half price for schools with 50% or more students qualifying for free and reduced meals)

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​.
 
Click HERE to submit a program request

 

 

Raptor Route (Ruta De Rapaces) – Explore the migratory patterns of raptors 
Location: Santa Teresa County Park in San Jose
Grade Level(s): 5th
Maximum Number of Students: 35
Language: English (English/Español by request)
Program Duration: 2 hours (10am–12pm FALL ONLY)
Program Fee: $100 
(Half price for schools with 50% or more students qualifying for free and reduced meals)
 
Overview: On a short hike up into Santa Teresa Park students will participate in counting birds of prey during the peak of raptor migration season. Through inquiry, students will work with their peers to identify obstacles and aids to raptor migration and human immigration. The field trip curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science standards. 

Click HERE to submit a program request

 

 

 

Exploring our Changing Bay – wetlands and climate change at Alviso Slough
Location: Alviso Marina County Park in Alviso
Grade Level(s): 6th and up
Maximum Number of Students: 30
Program Duration: 1-2 hours (times vary due to tides)
Program Fee: FREE
($100 program fee waived due to special funding from the County)

Overview: Students will explore the carbon cycle and our changing climate while traveling through 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.

 

Click HERE to submit a program request
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Custom Programs & Tours


Custom Program – At a County Park

Location:  Onsite at one of our Santa Clara County Parks

Maximum Number of participants: varies, depending on program

Program Duration: varies, depending on program

Program Fee: $60 per hour per staff

 
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 very limited basis. 

Click HERE to submit a program request



Custom Program – Outside of County Parks

Location:  Within Santa Clara County (i.e. schools, senior centers, libraries, etc.)
Maximum Number of participants: varies, depending on program

Program Duration: varies, depending on program

Program Fee: $120 per hour per staff


Overview: Park interpretive staff are occasionally able to come out to your school or community center to provide a custom program about the natural or cultural history of our County Parks. Availability is limited during peak field trip season (fall and spring), but we have more flexibility in winter and summer months.  

Click HERE to submit a program request



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

A limited number of classroom 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.


Activity Guides are designed to support learning, before, during, and after park field trip programs. 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-Adams
•    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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