Due to concerns over COVID-19 all field trips to Sonoma-Mendocino Coast District State Parks are cancelled. At this time we are only taking NEW reservations for small learning groups with Covid-19 precautions in place. Please contact Programs Manager Andrew Scott firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The tidepools on the Sonoma Coast are teeming with life. From the nearly invisible aggregating anemones to the lively hermit crabs living in appropriated turban snail shells, everywhere you step there are fragile intertidal creatures underfoot. This docent-led program teaches students to explore the delicate tidepools without destruction. A teacher’s guide and resource materials are available. A classroom pre-field trip visit by a docent with a PowerPoint presentation may be possible (register for a classroom visit separately). This program is best suited for third grade and above. Tidepool tours are scheduled during the best low tides of spring. This popular program fills up quickly.
Docent-led experiences are generally only available for groups of 60 students or less.
On the day of your field trip, you will be met at the designated time and site by a State Parks docent(s). After a brief introduction you and your students will be taken on a 1-2 hour guided tour of the world of the intertidal zone of the Pacific Ocean coastline. When available, State Parks lifeguards join us to give a brief lecture on ocean safety.
It is advisable to make your reservations at the beginning of the school year as we fill up during the months of April and May.
Additionally because demand is high for programs, scheduling can take up to two weeks, reservations are best made two to three weeks prior to the date desired.