Did you know that regional parks provide environmental education to elementary school students in Sonoma County?
While we can’t get together for face-to-face classes at this time, students can still have fun exploring nature in our new virtual tours, which we’ve expanded to include two favorites: “Only Rain Down the Drain” and “Agents of Climate Change”.
Much like our traditional field trips, our virtual programs encourage students to engage with their classmates, strengthen next-generation science standards, and connect families to the outdoor spaces of their communities. Teachers and parents can learn to participate and have another place to involve students.
Virtual field trips
Regional parks provide environmental education to more elementary school students than any other program in Sonoma County. Even though we can’t get together physically at the moment, your students may still enjoy exploring our parks.
Sonoma County Regional Parks are pleased to offer virtual science enrichment programs for the 2020-2021 school year. These programs are designed to facilitate engagement between students and their classmates, bolster next-generation science standards, and connect students to the outdoor spaces of their community. Programs include 30-45 minutes of virtual instruction for the whole class, during which students will be presented with a scientific challenge to complete on their own, and a 30-minute interactive follow-up session to give students the chance to share what they learned. You will also have access to our library of educational videos and webinars.
Currently, we are running virtual tours based on our “Habitat and Home”, “Freshwater Habitat Studies”, “Only Rain Down the Drain”, “Rockin ‘and Recycling”, “Weather or Not” and “Climate change agent”.
For more details on virtual outings, see our program options and frequently asked questions below.
Virtual travel topics
Habitat and house
What do plants and animals need to survive in their habitat? How do they get what they need? Second and third graders will learn about adaptations and have the chance to go outside their quarters to find natural objects to create their own creature.
Freshwater Habitat Studies
Take a virtual trip with us to a freshwater habitat to see who owns the house. Students in grades two to six will have the opportunity to learn about the plants and animals that inhabit freshwater ecosystems and will be challenged to travel to their own local waterway to observe and note patterns in nature.
It only rains in the sewers
Where does our water come from and where does it go? Students in grades two to six will learn the difference between point and diffuse pollution and understand the importance of a healthy watershed through interactive demonstrations and a home pollution experience.
Rockin ‘and recycling
Students will join us for a virtual survey of local rocks and minerals and learn how they change over time. Students in grades two to four will be introduced to the rock cycle and then be challenged to create their own collection of rocks to identify.
Weather or not
Students in grades three to six will have the opportunity to examine the water cycle and learn about local weather conditions. By creating weather instruments from everyday household items, students will have the tools to record weather and observe and recognize patterns.
Climate change agents
Climate change is a growing concern both locally and globally, but we can make positive choices every day to help minimize the impacts of climate change. Students in grades five to eight will discuss the processes of photosynthesis and the carbon cycle and learn about the science behind climate change. They will also talk about the amazing ways in which individuals and communities are protecting our planet by learning about local community solutions to climate change.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I register?
Submit the form online. Once you have registered, regional park staff will provide you with program schedule details, payment options, and additional information.
How much does it cost?
The cost of the virtual outing is $ 100 per class, per virtual outing. (Inquire about the number of students and several households in one group)
Are discounts available?
Schools that have more than 50% free / reduced price meals may qualify for a reduction.