Nature & Science Programs for Schools


Registration for Environmental Volunteer's
2016-2017 School Programs is NOW OPEN!





Scroll down to learn about our new NGSS Programs and EV Classics! 
To submit your application, visit our 2016-17 Registration Form to complete your program request.


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Environmental Volunteers visits schools in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Our volunteers bring a group of hands-on, standards-based learning stations focused on a specific subject area appropriate to your grade level. Each program can be adapted to best support your students wherever they may be with the topic. Our program can give a new unit an exciting introduction, or you can conclude a unit with a fun break from the normal classroom routine!

Each of our programs support the Common Core and either the Next Generation Science Standards
(NEW NGSS PROGRAM) or the California State Edcuation Science Standards (EV CLASSIC).

Several programs have the option of going on a pre-classroom field trip to a local nature preserve.

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Important Update: 2016-17 Fee Information

Class Sizes:

<24: $235 in-class presentation, $360 in-class presentation + field trip
25-32: $255 in-class presentation, $380 in-class presentation + field trip
>32: Must be split into two classes and each charged at the <24 rate.

Title 1 Eligible Schools:
$125 in-class presentation, $185 in-class presentation + field trip.
Note: You must request a "Scholarship" with your application to receive this rate.

Program Overview

Classroom Programs-

Each classroom program is 90 minutes long and has a volunteer to student ratio of 1:8 or better. We have over 100 learning stations with interactive activities such as games, experiments, demonstrations, and encounters with real animal specimens. The program begins with a brief introduction. Students then rotate between 3-4 stations for 15-20 minutes each, and then engage in a 10-15 minute wrap up.

Field Trips-

Field trips are 2 hours long and have a volunteer to student ratio of 1:8 or better. The EVs guide your students on a nature hike to explore the plant communities of the area, look for evidence of animals passing by, and discover the stories told through the local geology. The school is responsible for providing transportation and 1 chaperone for each group of students. You must participate in an in-class program in order to have a field trip.

Fees

For the 2016-17 school year, our fees are as follows:

Classes with less than 24 students
$235 (in-class presentations) 
$360 (in-class presentations + field trip)


Classes with 25-32 students
$255 (in-class presentations)
$380 (in-class presentations + field trip)


Title 1 Schools
$125/class (w/ field trip $185).

Request for Title 1 Scholarship rate must be made at time of application.

How Do I Schedule a Program?

Step 1: Read through the details on our program (below)
Step 2: Review our Terms & Conditions
Step 3: Submit Your Application
Step 4: Our School Programs Manager will contact you to confirm your programs and schedule dates/times


Program

Description

Grade

NEW NGSS PROGRAM
NATURE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD:
INVESTIGATION
Students explore the environment around them learning skill related to observation, commucication and data collection which support the science and engineering practices dimension of the NGSS. This program includes a Schoolyard Snoop where students practice thier investigations skill just outside of the classroom.

Resources:

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

K

EV CLASSIC
ALL ABOUT BIRDS
Students explore the wide variety of birds that are typically found in our local neighborhoods. Learn about the unique features of bird beaks, feet, and feathers that help these beautiful animals thrive.

Resources: 

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

K

NEW NGSS PROGRAM
NATURE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD:
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION 

Students discover the variety of structures living things have for movement from a flying bird, to a running deer, to a swimming fish or even swaying grasses.

Resources:

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

NIN: Structure and Function Matrix

1

EV CLASSIC
ALL ABOUT BIRDS
Students explore the wide variety of birds that are typically found in our local neighborhoods. Learn about the unique features of bird beaks, feet, and feathers that help these beautiful animals thrive.

Resources: 

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

1

NEW NGSS PROGRAM
WATER SCIENCE & CONSERVATION: WATER ON THE MOVE
Students explore the various qualities of water and how that makes it a vital part of our environment.

Resources: 

How to Prepare for Programs

Please contact us for Teacher Resources

2
EV CLASSIC
FOOTHILLS ECOLOGY
Students will learn about the variety of habitats that can be found in the California foothills from grasslands to redwood forests. They will learn about all of the animals that live in these environments and how they interact with each other, including the banana slug, the dusky footed woodrat and the acorn woodpecker.

Add on fieldtrips to Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Huddart Park and Steven’s Creek County Park available. 

Resources:

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Huddart Park Site Guide
Stevens Creek Site Guide

Windy Hill Site Guide
Field Trip Maps 

2
NEW NGSS PROGRAM
BAYLANDS ECOLOGY:
ADAPTATIONS
Students will learn about how the adaptations of Baylands animals and plants have adapted to live in this brackish environment. 

Add on field trip to Palo Alto Baylands available. 

Resources:

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Baylands Site Guide

View Field Trip Map

3
NEW NGSS PROGRAM
FOOTHILLS ECOLOGY: ADAPTATIONS
Students will learn about the variety of habitats that can be found in the California foothills from grasslands to redwood forests. They will learn how living things are able to survive in a forested or grassland habitat due to their adaptations.

Add on fieldtrips to Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Huddart Park and Steven’s Creek County Park available. 

Resources:

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Huddart Park Site Guide

Stevens Creek Site Guide

Windy Hill Site Guide
Field Trip Maps

3
NEW NGSS PROGRAM
MARINE ECOLOGY: ADAPTATIONS
Students will learn about how the adaptations of a variety of marine life from tide pool creatures, to the largest marine mammals, enable them to survive in the same habitat. 

Add on field trip to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve available.


Resources:
How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Site Guide

Field Trip Map

3
EV CLASSIC
EARLY CALIFORNIA INDIAN LIFE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL FOCUS 

Explore how Early California Indians lived gently on the planet while they were hunting, gathering food like acorns, making tools, twisting grasses for everything from twine to boats, and even playing games.

Resources: 

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

3

NEW NGSS OFFERING
ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES: 
ELECTRICITY  

Students will explore how we generate electricity and learn about the trade-offs, including the environmental impacts of wind, water and solar energy.

Resources: 

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide


4

EV CLASSIC
EARTHQUAKE GEOLOGY

Students will learn about the structure and formation of plates, how they are moving to create earthquakes, and the movement of material through the rock cycle giving each rock unique properties. 

Add on field trip to Los Trancos Open Space Preserve available.

Resources: 

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Los Trancos Reserve Site Guide

View Field Trip Map

4

NEW NGSS PROGRAM
ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES:
HUMAN IMPACTS





Students will take an in depth look at how we impact our environment through our waste – how is it generated, what problems it creates, and most importantly what we can do to make a positive change for the future.

Add on Water Science fieldtrip to Palo Alto Baylands available.

Resources:

How to Prepare for Program

Teacher Guide

Water Science Field Trip Guide

5

EV CLASSIC
MARINE ECOLOGY
Students will learn about the dynamics of the ocean, its currents and tides, and how these create a healthy underwater environment. They will explore the adaptations of a variety of marine life from tide pool creatures, to the largest marine mammals. 

Add on field trip to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve available.


Resources:
How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Site Guide

Field Trip Map

5

EV CLASSIC
WATER SCIENCE & CONSERVATION
Students will learn how a drop of water cycles from air, to ground, to living things and back. They will learn ways to conserve the water they use and how California has done the same throughout its history. Our program details the water cycle, pollution, water chemistry, and wise ways to use water as well as the importance of water to all life.


Resources:

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Field Trip Map

5

EV CLASSIC
EARTHQUAKE GEOLOGY
Students will learn about the structure and formation of plates, how they are moving to create earthquakes, and the movement of material through the rock cycle giving each rock unique properties. 

Add on field trip to Los Trancos Open Space Preserve available.

Resources: 

How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Los Trancos Reserve Site Guide

View Field Trip Map


6

EV CLASSIC
MARINE ECOLOGY 

Students will learn about the dynamics of the ocean, its currents and tides, and how these create a healthy underwater environment. They will explore the adaptations of a variety of marine life from tide pool creatures, to the largest marine mammals. 

Add on field trip to Fitzgerald Marine Reserve available.


Resources:
How to Prepare for Programs

Teacher Guide

Fitzgerald Marine Reserve Site Guide

Field Trip Map

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