Independent Learning Program

(aka Homeschool Fridays Program)

Program Overview

For all homeschool and at-home learning students.

Environmental Volunteers’ Independent Learning Program for 2020/2021 is a field trip program designed to help students and their families get to know the amazing Open Space Areas right here in the Bay Area. These field trips will be offered to small individual “family” groups, guided by a knowledgeable and experienced field trip leader, during a 2-3 hour exploration of a local open space. Careful precautions will be taken to make these field trips as covid-safe as possible.*   

Beginning Sept 22nd, and offered three times a week (Tu/Th/Fri), the location will change to a new Open Space each month. Families are welcome to sign up for as many as they like. The field trips are open to all children ages 6 and older.

When**: Slots are available every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (except holiday weeks) on a first-come-first-served basis.
Time**: 9:30AM-11:30AM (ending time is approximate – some locations may go longer)

Program Fee: $8 per child, per session (scholarships available)
Registration/Payment Deadline: 1 week prior to each session (payment is not accepted on-site)

Max Participants per session: 8 children/3 adults

*Before registering, please review the precautions and requirements for participation:
  • All participants must agree to wear a mask at all times
  • Each group will be led by a single EV field trip leader who will maintain a 6-ft physical distance at all times
  • Materials used during the field trips will either be disposable/take-home items, or will be disinfected after each use
  • All participants must be within the same “bubble” or covid-pod, and must be listed at the time of registration

IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of the trails we’ll be exploring, strollers are not permitted and younger siblings are strongly discouraged. Families/groups are responsible for their own transportation to/from each site. Any questions, please contact Toby (


Virtual “classroom” style lessons are also available for homeschool and independent learning students. Read more here>


Calendar for 2020-2021 School Year:

Exact locations subject to change, depending on weather conditions

September: Palo Alto Baylands – Ecology Focus. See map.

October: Huddart Park, Woodside. See map.

November: Los Gatos Creek Trail and Percolation Ponds. See map.

December (1st two weeks only): Palo Alto Baylands Preserve – Water focus. See map. 

January (2nd two weeks only): Almaden Lake Park and Los Alamitos Creek Trail. See map.

February: Windy Hill Open Space Preserve, Portola Valley. See map.

March: Stevens Creek County Park, Cupertino. See map.

April: Los Trancos Open Space Preserve – Earthquake focus. See map. 

**May: Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. Specific dates and times only – see information on Registration form. See map.

June (1st two weeks only): Penitencia Creek Trail, San Jose. See map.