EcoCenter On Wheels: A New Mobile Learning Station
Introducing the "EcoCenter on Wheels," the Environmental Volunteers' new mobile learning station launched in June 2016!
Teen docents will be hitting the trails in the Baylands, bringing hands-on nature education into the preserve! Docents will share their choice of three topics: Skull Adaptations, Bay Plants; and Birds, Nests, and Eggs. Read more about the topics below. There is also a scavenger hunt for families with children who are learning to observe nature. Plus, scavenger hunt participants will get a special take-home prize! Funding for the EcoCenter on Wheels was generously provided by Palo Alto University Rotary Club.
The EcoCenter on Wheels will be roving the trails on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this summer. Come out and experience the preserve in a whole new way!
Topics for the EcoCenter on Wheels
One of the easiest types of animals to spot in the Baylands is birds. This activity focuses on the numerous shapes and materials nests can be made out of including sticks, leaves, mud, feathers, spider’s webs, and even human made materials. Visitors can also see the different types of eggs birds lay and try to match bird specimens to their nests.
Salt Marsh Plants:
The salt marsh is a harsh place for many plants, however, there are some that are specifically suited to living in this salty, tidal environment. Visitors will examine and dissect real samples of pickleweed and Pacific cordgrass to understand how they deal with salt and how they survive being submerged in water or completely exposed to the elements during different parts of the day.