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Field Trips

Field Trip to Taylor Mountain

Our parks are your classroom! Get your students outdoors learning about the natural world around them. A wide range of field trips are available at various locations throughout the county. These hands-on, inquiry-based programs reinforce critical Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards. 

Field trip descriptions for 2022-2023 school year


Healthy Earth, Healthy Bodies

Andy’s Unity Park
September – May
Pre-K – 3rd grades

Growing healthy bodies and minds is linked to the health of our parks. Students learn the benefits of eating nutritious foods and moving our bodies. Explore the edible plants and soils growing in the community garden, play learning games, and connections to the earth. Discover how the outdoors can be a place to both have fun and be healthy at this neighborhood park.

Habitat and Home

Spring Lake Regional Park
September – January
Pre-K – 3rd grades

Learn about wildlife diversity and the importance habitat plays in a healthy community. Students will participate in science exploration at the Environmental Discovery Center and enjoy a hike through the beautiful Spring Lake ecosystem. Activities and lessons explore the topics of habitats, life cycles, and animal adaptations. Depending on the grade level, students will learn how adaptations help in plant and animal survival or discover how seeds travel.

Only Rain Down the Drain

Spring Lake Regional Park
February – May
Pre-K – 5th grades

Explore our local watersheds through science exploration at the Environmental Discovery Center and a hike through the beautiful Spring Lake ecosystem. Depending on grade level, students delve into the concepts of the water cycle, weathering and erosion, sources of water pollution, and their effects on the environment. Students will take a trip down the storm drain to learn how water flows through our towns and rivers and ways we can help keep this resource clean.

What’s the Buzz?

Sonoma Valley Regional Park
February – May
1st – 3rd grades

Discover the emergence of spring through a hike buzzing with life. Observe seasonal changes while learning about the wildflowers and pollinators that live in an oak woodland ecosystem. Students will explore the relationship between plants and insects as well as the vital role pollinators play in food production.

Weather or Not

Crane Creek Regional Park
February– May
1st – 6th grades

Students discover the science behind weather and weather patterns. Learn about some of Sonoma County’s many microclimates, and forecast local weather based on observation and data collection. Lessons for younger students focus on the water cycle, how weather affects the environment and how scientists collect data to predict the weather. When appropriate, students will have the opportunity to learn how to identify clouds and what clouds can teach us about upcoming weather events.

Rockin’ and Recycling

Riverfront Regional Park
September – May
2nd – 4th grades

Explore the dynamic landscape of this park with your students to learn about the properties of common rocks and minerals and the processes that formed them. Students will also appreciate the importance of recycling products manufactured from minerals and rocks, like glass and aluminum, as a simple way to conserve natural resources. Discover a great diversity of rocks as we enjoy a hike and follow their journey through the rock cycle. Rock on!

Life in a Pond

Foothill Regional Park
September – January
2nd – 5th grades

Dive beneath the water – while staying dry – to discover life within the pond. Explore the connection between water quality, aquatic habitats and pond residents to learn more about some of our favorite freshwater places. What is living in the pond? Students will take a closer look at the beginning of the food chain (macroinvertebrates), to discover what “mini monsters” might call the pond their home. 

A Cultural Walk in the Park at Tolay

Tolay Lake Regional Park
September - January
3rd - 5th grades

Looking for a field trip focused on Tolay Lake’s first peoples? The Cultural Walk in the Park engages students with the rich cultural heritage of Sonoma County. The Coast Miwok tribe has an incredibly detailed knowledge of natural resources and have passed this knowledge down through generations. Students will take an extended hike exploring the use of native plants, and will participate in storytelling and hands-on activities.

Bird Brains

Helen Putnam Regional Park
September – January
3rd – 6th grades

Have you ever wondered what a bird might be thinking? Explore the unique traits of our feathered friends at this special park. Students will pick up a pair of binoculars and enjoy a hike to observe bird behaviors in the field with hands-on exploration. Learn how birds are specially adapted to survive in their habitat to understand how different birds find food, shelter, and mates.

Tidepool Adventure

Pinnacle Gulch Regional Park
February – May, select dates on low tides only
4th – 8th grades

Experience the magic of the tidal ecosystem. Through hands-on exploration, students will learn about how species are interconnected and how tide pool inhabitants adapt to changing tides and extreme conditions. Students will practice making observations, recording data and finding and evaluating evidence. One class per field trip day only.

Regeneration through Fire

Foothill Regional Park
February – May
5th – 8th grades

Discover how the land is regenerating after recent wildfire events in Sonoma County. Learn about the science of fire, what fans the flames, and how our local ecosystems are adapted to fire. Students will observe how this park has recovered from fire, learn which plants actually need fire to survive, and explore the wildflowers and young trees sprouting from the ashes.

Climate Change Agents

Taylor Mountain Regional Park
February – May
5th – 8th grades

Explore the topic of climate change and resilience through hiking through the viewpoints and oak woodlands of this important park. Students will learn the science behind Earth’s changing climate, how human activities make an impact on the environment and ways in which community action reduces impacts locally and globally. Discover how to be the agents of positive change in Sonoma County.


Registration

To register your class for a field trip, please fill out our field trip request form. A Regional Parks educator will follow up with program scheduling details, payment options, and additional details.

Online pre-visit

Extend the learning! Get your students ready for the field trip with a virtual visit from Regional Parks staff before the big day. We’ll introduce concepts, review safety considerations and give your students “homework” that will get them excited and extend the learning. Pre-visits are generally held in the afternoons.

Cost

Field trip cost is $5 per student from Sonoma County schools and $7 for students from out-of-county schools. Pre-visits are $25 per class and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Scholarships

Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis for Sonoma County schools that have a 50 percent or more free and reduced lunch participation. Classes receiving scholarships are responsible for a $25 registration fee per class. If approved, scholarships are paid by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. Funding is available for each classroom to receive one scholarship per year. 

Cancellations

Cancellations must be made one month prior to field trips. Classes that cancel less than a month prior to a field trip are still responsible for the payment of invoices. Extreme rain events or poor air quality cancels.