Field Trips

If you are a classroom or homeschool educator looking for field trip opportunities in Western Nevada County, the following field trip programs by local non-profit groups have been designed to teach students about the watersheds where they live. Please review both the map and table below, and use the contact information in the table for each individual program.

Sierra Streams InstituteEnvironmental Science Investigationssol@sierrastreams.orgwww.sierrastreams.orgStudents spend the day working with our science educators exploring the various habitat types on this 230 acre property, conducting several investigations which allow them to explore both how these ecosystems are connected, and how scientists use direct observation to learn about natural systems.3, 4, 513075 Woolman Lane, Nevada City, CA 95959$4003-LS2-1, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1
The South Yuba River Citizens LeagueEducation Managerrlubitz@yubariver.org and Field Based Environmental Education ProgrammingK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, AdultParks Bar Quarry, Lower Yuba River- 7561 State Highway 20, Smartsville, CA 95977$35N.G.S.S. for K-12
Wolf Creek Community AllianceWho Lives in a Watershed?josie.w.crawford@gmail.comwww.wolfcreekalliance.orgThis is specifically for elementary schools in Grass Valley down to Cottage Hill. It is 2-part program, that takes about 1.5-2 hrs in each session. Children first learn what a watershed is and that they all live in one. We use a hands-on activity to see how human activities can pollute creeks and rivers. We talk about types of pollution and what we can all do to help reduce pollution in waterways. In the 2nd part, we walk to the nearest creek and learn about storm drains and how water flows on the way. We will do an activity that teaches the public and the children about watersheds, creeks, and/or pollution. For instance, we may be able to glue "Drains to Creek" decals on the storm drains we encounter or an activity to encourage people to pick up after their pets, or know where their water comes from or where it goes to. 3, 4, 5, 6Field trip locations will vary but the idea is to walk to the nearest creek. This should work well for Grass Valley Charter, Bell Hill Academy, Union Hill, Scotten, Cottage Hill, and Alta Sierra Elementary Schools.$40