Regional Parks provides environmental education to more elementary students than any other program in Sonoma County. Even though we can’t come together physically at this time, your students can still enjoy learning about our parks.
Sonoma County Regional Parks is pleased to be offering virtual science enrichment programs for the 2020-2021 school year. These programs are designed to facilitate engagement between students and their classmates, reinforce Next Generation Science Standards, and connect students with the outdoor spaces in their community. Programs include 30-45 minutes of virtual instruction for the entire classroom, during which students will be presented with a science challenge to complete independently, and a 30-minute interactive follow up session to give students a chance to share what they have learned. You will also be given access to our library of educational videos and webinars.
For virtual field trip details, view our program options and Frequently Asked Questions below.
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Climate Change Agents
Climate change is a growing concern both locally and globally, however we can make positive choices everyday to help minimize the impacts of climate change. Fifth through eighth graders will discuss the processes of photosynthesis and the carbon cycle as well as learn about the science behind climate change. They will also talk about the amazing ways in which individuals and communities are protecting our planet by learning about local community solutions to climate change.
Wildfires are natural occurrences that impact our lives and local ecosystems. Even though we have seen the negative impacts of wildfires over the last few years, many natural ecosystems actually depend on fire for survival. This virtual field trip for fifth through eighth graders will introduce students to the benefits of fire and teach them the basics of fire science.
Freshwater Habitat Studies
Take a virtual trip with us to a freshwater habitat to see whose home. Second through sixth graders will have the opportunity to learn about the plants and animals that live in freshwater ecosystems and be challenged to go out to their own local waterway to observe and note patterns in nature.
Habitat and Home
What do plants and animals need to survive in their habitat? How do they get what they need? Second and third graders will learn about adaptations and have the chance to go out into their neighborhoods to find natural items to create their own creature.
Only Rain Down the Drain
Where does our water come from and where does it go? Second through sixth graders will learn the difference between point source and non-point source pollution as well as understand the importance of a healthy watershed through interactive demonstrations and an at home pollution experiment.
Rockin' and Recycling
Students will join us for a virtual investigation of local rocks and minerals and learn how they change over time. Second through fourth graders will be introduced to the rock cycle and then be challenged to make their own rock collection to identify.
Weather or Not
Third through sixth grade students will have the opportunity to review the water cycle and learn about local weather patterns. By creating weather instruments from everyday household items students will have the tools to record the weather and observe and recognize patterns.