Forest to the Sea School Programs
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Bring your class to one of our State Parks and provide your students with an exceptional environment for learning. California's North Coast is a land rich in natural and cultural history, biological diversity and distinctive geology. Stewards has developed hands-on environmental education programs designed to enhance the environmental curriculum being taught in classrooms. Designed for school groups from pre-school through 12th grade; these programs are available for Armstrong Redwoods SNR, Austin Creek SRA, Sonoma Coast SP beaches and in the Willow Creek watershed. For each location, we have a variety of educational aids available; including unique tours, on-site activities and follow-up lessons. The programs center around field trips led by our staff and State Parks volunteer docents who provide young people with an exceptional opportunity for learning about the unique local environment from the Forest to the Sea. Students come away from their experience with a great appreciation of our natural environment and an understanding of the importance of practicing good stewardship.
Docent-led experiences are generally only available for groups of 60 students or less.
It is necessary to register for your program at least 3-4 weeks ahead in order for us to have time to recruit docents.
Stewards also offers a multi-visit Forest to the Sea curriculum designed to take students on a journey from the Forest (at either Armstong Redwoods or Pomo Canyon Campground), where they learn about redwoods ecology, to the Fife Creek or Willow Creek watersheds where they learn about the life cycle of salmon and what makes for a healthy environment for these anadromous fish. The journey ends at Sonoma Coast where students learn about the marine ecosystem and in particular the amazing intertidal. Both the interdependence of these diverse ecosystems is stressed as well as the importance of being good stewards of these environments. There is a fee for the multi-visit program.
Overnight camping programs may also be available for school groups for a fee. Contact Kat Rawhouser, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707) 869-9177 x1# for more information.
Depending on grant funding and donations, scholarships are available to cover program fees and transportation costs for school groups. Applications are available in School Group Forms on our website.
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