If you are a teacher in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties, Environmental Volunteers can bring our science programs into your classroom. Our volunteers bring hands-on, standards-based learning stations focused on a specific subject area appropriate to your grade level (see below). Each program can be adapted to best support your students wherever they may be with the topic. Our program can give your new unit an exciting introduction, or you can conclude a unit with a fun break from the normal classroom routine!
Environmental Volunteers’ School Programs are designed to support the science standards for each grade. If you are interested in scheduling a school program with us, please read the Programs By Grade Level section below to learn more about the subject areas and activities available for your grade.
Each classroom program is 90 minutes and has a volunteer to student ratio of 1:8 or better. 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. We have over 100 learning stations with interactive activities such as games, experiments, demonstrations, and encounters with animal specimens.
Important: Each classroom program should be scheduled as one contiguous block of 90 minutes and should not be interrupted by recess or other breaks.
Field trips are 2 hours long and have a volunteer to student ratio of 1:8 or better. Our trained volunteers 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. Field trips are generally scheduled between 9:30am-11:30am, although there is some flexibility as needed. Please note: timing for Fitzgerald Marine Reserve field trips are determined by the tides, and can range from 8:30am-2:30pm depending on the specific date.
Important: The school is responsible for arranging appropriate transportation, and must provide 1 chaperone for each group of students. Your class must participate in an in-class program in order to have a field trip.
Common Core and Science Standards
Each of our programs support the Common Core and either the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS PROGRAM) or the California State Education Science Standards (EV CLASSIC). Several programs have the option of going on a field trip to a local nature preserve as a pre- or post-classroom activity.
Programs By Grade Level
All About Birds
1st Grade Programs
Structure and Function*
All About Birds
2nd Grade Programs
Water On The Move
3rd Grade Programs
Adaptations: Baylands Ecology*
Adaptations: Foothills Ecology*
Adaptations: Marine Ecology*
Early California Indians: An Environmental Focus
4th Grade Programs
Energy and Natural Resources: Power Generation
5th Grade Programs
Energy and Natural Resources: Human Impacts
Water Science and Conservation*
6th Grade Programs
*Programs marked with an asterisk have a field trip option available