Expeditions

Academy of Science

*Academy of Science, San Francisco Golden Gate Park:

(Full day trip 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)
**Entrance fee may apply per student.

En route students will be given road commentary on the natural history of the San Joaquin Valley, geology, paleontology, and the seismic areas of the San Andreas Fault in the Coast Range. Commentary will also include the plant and animal communities we will be travelling through on our way to the San Francisco Bay region. Upon arrival at Golden Gate Park at the Academy of Science, students will enter the main entrance and begin the tour of the newly refurbished and updated displays throughout the facility. Participants will be divided into groups (depending on the grade level of students) and given discovery guides and assignments as their group explores the many “hands-on” activities of this state-of-the-art museum and aquarium. Lunch can be at the aquarium, or sack lunch is recommended. Upon completion of their assignments, the group will return to their school site with dinner on the way home. A tour packet with illustrations and site information summaries with areas to take notes will be provided for each student.

Central Coast

*Central Coast Geology and Marine Biology:

(Full day trip 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)
En route students will be given road commentary on the natural history of the San Joaquin Valley, geology, paleontology, and the seismic areas of the San Andreas Fault in the Coast Range. Commentary will also include the plant and animal communities we will be travelling through on our way to the Morro Bay and Cayucos region. We will make a stop north of San Simeon to visit the elephant seal colony. In the tide pool area near Cayucos, the students will be able to learn of tidal zonation and types of animals found in the local zones. The majority of the time will be left for the students to explore and discover many of the organisms found in the rocky tide pool area. Dinner will be in the Paso Robles area and then return to school site. A tour packet with illustrations and site information summaries with areas to take notes will be provided for each student.

Elk Horn Slough

Elk Horn Slough, Moss Landing, Monterey Bay Area:

(Full day trip 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)
En route students will be given road commentary on the natural history of the San Joaquin Valley, Central Valley and Coast Range geology, paleontology, and the seismic areas of the San Andreas Fault in the area. Commentary will also include the plant and animal communities we will be traveling through on our way to the Central Coast region. Upon arrival at Elk Horn Slough in Moss Landing, the students will be given a canoe orientation and safety lesson prior to the canoeing expedition. In the slough students will observe Sea Otters, California Sea Lions, and Harbor Seals, a great diversity of bird life, and observe a wide variety of coastal vegetation. After a few hours of canoeing and exploring the slough, students will enjoy a sack lunch on the beach. Following lunch, students will tour the local nature center and see the displays and views that are provided from this vantage point. A tour packet with illustrations and information about canoeing, the Elk Horn Slough and the local coastal flora and fauna with spaces for students to take notes will be provided for each student.

Friant-San Joaquin

Friant-San Joaquin Fish Hatchery:

(Trip timeline: 9:00AM-2:00 PM)
En route students are given road commentary by the Scout Island instructor on the geologic history of Little Table Mountain, Big Table Mountain, and the history of the former town of Millerton, now covered by Millerton Lake. The next activity is a short hike to Friant Dam and a discussion on how the dam changed the ecology of California’s second longest waterway, the San Joaquin River. Students will observe the Friant-Kern Canal; take a tour of the original Fresno County Courthouse Museum, a visit to the San Joaquin River State fish hatchery, lunch in a park near Lost Lake, and concluding exploration of the San Joaquin River’s riparian community near Lost Lake with a visit to the Native American grinding rocks along the river. Afterwards, the group will return to their school site. A tour packet with illustrations and site information summaries with areas to take notes will be provided for each student.

Whale Watching

*Monterey Bay Whale Watching:

(Full day trip 7:30 AM – 9:00 PM)
**Charter fee applied for use of vessel.

En route students will be given road commentary on the natural history of the San Joaquin Valley, geology, paleontology, and the seismic areas of the San Andreas Fault in the Coast Range. Commentary will also include the plant and animal communities we will be traveling through on our way to the Monterey Bay region. Upon arrival at Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf, the students will board our chartered Coast Guard approved vessel with a marine biologist and head out into Monterey Bay searching for gray, humpback, dolphin, or orca that move through the area depending on the time of the year. After the two+ hour sea voyage, the students will have sack lunch on shore. There will be a short stop in the tide pool area of Asilomar to observe the marine life there. We will return back to the school site with dinner along the way. A tour packet with illustrations and site information summaries with areas to take notes will be provided for each student.

Yosemite

*Central Sierra-Yosemite Valley:

(Full day trip 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM)
En route students will be given road commentary on the natural history of the San Joaquin Valley, geology of the Central Sierra, the plant and animal communities we will be travelling through on our way to the Yosemite Valley area. Stops will be at the Mariposa Grove of giant redwoods, Inspiration Point on entrance to the valley, and the Valley Visitor’s Center with a film on the history of the valley. After lunch, there will be a leisurely hike from Yosemite Falls to near the base of Half Dome and back to Yosemite Village to feel the wonder of the valley. Afterwards we will return to the school site. A tour packet with illustrations and site information summaries with areas to take notes will be provided for each student.