SPOTLIGHT ON SFUSD'S ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE CENTER
What better way for students to study science than to provide them with a supported nature immersion experience? Since 1978, SFUSD has partnered with the National Park Service Golden Gate National Recreation Area to provide no-fee science programming for SFUSD classrooms in their local parks. For the 2015-2016 school year, we are offering two elementary programs described below. Environmental education opportunities for K-2 and 6th-12th grade students are listed below as well.
2015-2016 Overnight Programming for Grades 3-5
The SFUSD Environmental Science Center’s coastal landscape serves as the students' laboratory, while SFUSD staff support daytime student science investigations. Evenings are spent notebooking, processing daytime experiences, cooking dinner together, participating in a campfire circle, and investigating the landscape through night-hike science activities. Classes are provided tents or indoor sleeping options. For the 2015-16 school year, all programming has been updated to support the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.
To participate, each interested teacher must register at the link below and attend a three-hour workshop on Wednesday, September 2, 4-7pm. Priority acceptance will be given to grades 4 & 5, classes from Title 1 schools, and teams of teachers across a single grade level from the same school. Each teacher on a grade level team MUST register on their own. Registration will close on Friday, August 28, with notification of acceptance or waitlist status to all applicants. For more information, photos of programming in action, a sample schedule, and facility information, visit our website. Apply here: Overnight Application Form
Third Grade Habitat Exploration Day Programming
For SFUSD third grade classrooms, registration is now open for a no-cost four-hour, supported day program in your school’s local park during the 2015-2016 school year. All programming supports the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core ELA, and aligns to your third grade FOSS curriculum. Title 1 schools will be given priority, as will teams of teachers from the same schools. To participate, each individual teacher needs to register using the form below. If accepted, a pre-trip hour-long meeting will be scheduled with the ESC staff at your school site in the fall. Registration ends Friday, August 28 and email notifications of acceptance or waitlist will be sent out by September 1st. Apply here: Day Trip Application Form
Options for PreK-2 & 6-12 Teachers
Are you interested in an overnight science program for your students? The following free and fee-for-service partners work to support SFUSD classrooms (K-12 unless specified):
- Camping in the Presidio: This free program at the only camping facility in San Francisco (Rob Hill) includes free gear usage and other support. Required teachers training dates & information can be found here.
- Bay Area Wilderness Training: BAWT offers both frontcountry and wilderness training and has 2 gear libraries to loan gear for their graduates to lead trips with students. Food & transportation are provided for their trainings & no previous experience is necessary. Find dates & sign up early as their programs fill up. Sliding scale cost of $65-$395 depending on training (scholarships available). Trainings are available during the summer & school year.
- YMCA Point Bonita: Located in the Marin Headlands & offering 1-5 day overnight programs with trained naturalists. $30-372 per person depending on program length & dates. They can also offer programs at or near your school. New schools receive a 10% discount & scholarships are available.
- NatureBridge: Golden Gate: Located in the Marin Headlands & offering 3-5 day overnight programs with trained naturalists. $238-$414 per person depending on program length & dates. Scholarships are available.
- Outdoor Hostel Adventures: Located at hostels in the Marin Headlands, Point Reyes, & Montara, programs can be a half-day or full day with/without overnight. Program is $12-24 per day per participant. Scholarships available.
- Slide Ranch: Located in Muir Beach and offering 1-3 day overnight programs for PreK-12 students. $22-135 per person depending on program length. Scholarships are available.
For questions, please do not hesitate to reach out for support to Lisa Wojcik (email@example.com). We are here to serve and support you to provide meaningful, place-based science learning for your classroom community!