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With science, seeing is believing
Local non-profits, philanthropies band together to take local schools on field trips

by Nick Veronin

Trudging through the brisk morning air, a small group of fourth-graders paused occasionally to overturn rocks, examine hoof prints and to admire the very yellow belly of a newt.

They had made their way to the top of winding Page Mill Road to hike around the foothills on a field trip led by Environmental Volunteers.

The Palo Alto-based non-profit organization — in collaboration with several local educational and philanthropic groups — is providing free field trips and in-class workshops to students in the Mountain View Whisman School District as part of a pilot program aimed at boosting science and environmental learning in the Bay Area.

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