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Our Field Trips

Explore Our Field Trips

Immersive Experiences for
Every Student

Inspire your class when they engage with nature – and extend their excitement to their community and beyond. We collaborate with school districts and teachers to provide Next Generation Science Standard-aligned, hands-on opportunities to learn in and from nature. Students connect with local natural spaces, experience and develop science skills, and become empowered to protect and care for the environment via their own communities.

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How Our Programs Work

Our programs bridge classroom and nature-based learning with pre and post activities that support and extend the field trip experience. Students are able to make connections to their own lives and communities, while they practice science skills and explore diverse plants + animals. Programs culminate with student action projects that encourage critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration to promote healthy communities and natural spaces, for all.

Available Field Trips

  • Location: Nature Center More info

    Time: 2 hours

  • Cost: $10 per student, scholarships available for Title 1 schools
    Group Size: Minimum 15 / Maximum 50

From the riparian woodland to the saltmarsh lagoon, students will explore the unique habitats of the San Elijo Lagoon ecosystem. Using important scientific skills, including observations and experimentation, students will have an opportunity to discover the variety of plant + animal species that call San Elijo Lagoon home.

  • Location: Nature Center More Info

    Time: 2 hours

  • Cost: $10 per student, scholarships available for Title 1 schools
    Group Size: Minimum 15 / Maximum 50

Utilizing the San Elijo Lagoon ecosystem as a backdrop for discovery, student scientists will collect evidence of plant + animal adaptations vital to their survival. Students will have an opportunity to observe and record a variety of birds, plants, and insects as they develop claims supported by scientific reasoning.

  • Location: Nature Center More Info

    Time: 3 hours

  • Cost: $15 per student, scholarships available for Title 1 schools
    Group size: Minimum 15 / Maximum 50

What living and nonliving things can be found in the San Elijo Lagoon ecosystem? Student scientists will develop critical scientific skills, including observing, recording data, and making claims, as they hike around this exciting ecosystem. Together, students will identify key interactions within the ecosystem – with a special focus on decomposers, cycling of matter, and human activity.

Students testing samples from Escondido Creek.
  • Location: Nature Center More Info

    Time: 3 hours

  • Cost: $18 per student, scholarships available for Title 1 schools
    Group Size: Minimum 15 / Maximum 50

Coming Soon 2022/2023 School Year

How do humans benefit from and maintain biodiverse ecosystems? Guided by this question, student scientists will investigate the health of the San Elijo Lagoon ecosystem. Throughout the program, students will collect data indicating biodiversity, discuss ecosystem services to humans, and make claims about how humans can impact our natural systems.

  • Location: Nature Center More Info

    Time: 2 hours

  • Cost: $10-$20 per student, scholarships available for Title 1 schools
    Group size: Minimum 15 | Maximum 50

Coming Soon 2022/2023 School Year

Join us on a scientific exploration in understanding San Diego’s biodiversity, changes in regional dynamics that are threatening the health of local ecosystems, and the careers that protect and restore vital natural resources. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the importance of native plant species, interpret regional scientific data, and participate in habitat restoration efforts happening throughout Escondido Creek watershed.