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Field Trips

Regional Parks provides environmental education to more elementary students than any other extracurricular science program in Sonoma County. Schools can visit the Environmental Discovery Center at Spring Lake or Tolay Lake Regional Park or schedule guided field trips in other parks. 

For field trip details, view our 2017-2018 brochure(PDF: 1.23 MB).

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"Habitat & Home" and "Down the Drain"

The Environmental Discovery Center hosts the "Habitat & Home" field trip from September through January. The program introduces preschool to fourth-grade students to ecosystem diversity and healthy habitats. The Environmental Discovery Center hosts the "Down the Drain" field trip for preschool to sixth-grade students from February through June. The program demonstrates a raindrop's journey and teaches about the water cycle.

"Discovering Science in the Parks"

Naturalists lead two earth science field trips for grades 1-6 in various parks. "Rockin' and Recycling" focuses on the properties and formation of common rocks and minerals and the importance of recycling such products. "Weather or Not" focuses on the science of weather patterns and helps children understand the county's microclimates. 

"Science to Go"

A Regional Parks naturalist will come to your school for a before and after visit in conjunction with a park field trip. The classroom visit builds upon the outdoor experience and reinforces Next Generation Science Standards.

"Healthy Earth, Healthy Bodies"

The "Healthy Earth, Healthy Bodies" field trip visits the farm and garden at Tolay Lake Regional Park southeast of Petaluma. The program combines science education with the need to protect natural resources and grow healthy bodies. Students learn the benefits of healthy eating, take a hike, and work in the garden.

"Acorns to Oaks"

Acorns to Oaks focuses on California history. Students in grades 3-6 go on a half-day hike at Tolay Lake Regional Park and learn the importance of natural resources to Native Americans through games, storytelling, and crafts. Acorns to Oaks is a California Parks and Recreation Society's Award of Excellence Winner.

"Climate Change Agents"

Through experiments, games, and plays, students learn the science behind earth's changing climate at Taylor Mountain Regional Park. Students will understand how human activities impact the climate system and how they can act to reduce climate change. Students will explore how they can be change agents for our climate future.

Tolay Fall Festival

Schools are invited to visit the Tolay Fall Festival on field trips during the festival's two-week run in mid-October. Students make traditional crafts, play old-fashioned games, learn about wildlife through live displays in a historic barn, and take hayrides with a ranger to a pumpkin patch. This special field trip introduces students to the role of agriculture and farming in healthy communities.

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