Program: Bird & Nature Walk

Topic(s)
Adaptations, Animal Biology, Baylands Ecology, Birds/Ornithology, Ecology, Living With Our Environment
Description
An SCVAS field trip leader will meet students at a local park/open space area*, give a brief intro about the birds, where students will be walking, etc., then lead the students on a short walk focusing on the local birds, ecology, plants, and land use.

If students are aged 7 and up, binoculars will be provided for all participants.


This program can be adapted to all ages - general introduction to birds for younger students, more indepth discussions about adaptation, migration, etc., for older students.
Location(s)
Field Trip
Duration
2 hours
Grades
Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Special Ed. - Elementary - Upper grades, Special Education - High school, Special Education - Middle school
Standards
Life Science - K-2
Areas of Service
*This program is currently limited to schools located within Santa Clara county.
Other Info
Location: These can take place at a local open space or park of your choice. If time and transportation allow, we often go to the Baylands in Mountain View. NOTE: Transportation to-or-from the walk location is the responsibility of the individual school/classroom(s).

Timing - Depending on the location, the minimum time for this activity is 1 hour. The walk in Mountain View usually lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Scheduling - Requires a minimum of 1-month advance scheduling. Dates dependent on SCVAS availability, to be determined at time of request. NOTE: During the Spring and Fall, availability on Tues/Thurs/Fri is extremely limited - preference will therefore be given to Wed mornings.

Max Participants - Up to two classrooms at a time (but single classrooms are highly preferred)

Time of Year - The best times of year for Bird and Nature Walks are Sept-Nov and Mar-May. Those also happen to be the busiest months for SCVAS, though, and the schedule fills very quickly. Schools and groups are welcome to schedule a walk for any time of year, with the understanding, however, that this program will be cancelled in the event of rain or extreme heat.

Additional Information - This activity requires additional adult volunteers/participants provided by the school/classroom (i.e. teachers, teacher aides, parents, etc.) to help with keeping the groups together and the students’ attention appropriately focused. The general rule is 1 additional adult for every 8 children; more adults are requested for younger groups.

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