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Call of the Sea

phone: 415-331-3214
fax: 415-331-1412

From three hour day sails to multi-day overnight adventures, Call of the Sea's programs provide hands-on, impactful learning experiences for youth from grades 4-12. Students gain a connection with the outdoors in a completely unique way aboard the classic schooner SEAWARD. Content focuses on ecology, maritime history, navigation and seamanship, teamwork, and much more, with all lessons taught by our crew of professional educators and mariners. We strive to make these programs available to students of all backgrounds, and provide need-based scholarships to families and schools in need of financial assistance.

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phone: 650-964-6110

Canopy is an environmental nonprofit dedicated to planting and protecting trees in parks, at schools, and along streets of Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and neighboring communities.

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phone: 650-340-7590
fax: 650-342-7853

As a science and wildlife center, CuriOdyssey helps children acquire the tools to deeply understand the changing world.

We believe people learn more through experience and interaction. Rather than deliver information, we create opportunities through science and the outdoors for students to ask questions, engage all of their senses, and discover what makes their world work. Through this, students develop a greater appreciation for their world and are inspired to care for it.

We offer a variety of high-quality, immersive, engaging science programs and field trips for schools and groups. Our programs spark passion for science and allow children the opportunity to get up close with their natural world

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Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Living Wetlands Program

Living Wetlands provides a first-hand learning environment for students and educators to explore the topics of watershed health, wetlands, and habitat preservation. Activities and presentations focus on the relationship between personal habits and their effects on their local wetlands. Living Wetlands is an environmental education program offered at no cost through the cooperative efforts of the City of San Jose, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the San Francisco Bay Wildlife Society.

For more information call Aja Yee, the Living Wetlands Program Coordinator at 408-262-5513 ext 102 or email at

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Environmental Volunteers

phone: 650-493-8000

We inspire a lifelong interest in discovery by children, teachers and families in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Our volunteers lead hands-on natural science education programs in he classroom and the field, and we provide unique learning resources to schools and teachers to help meet state education standards.

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Guadalupe River Park Conservancy

phone: 408-298-7657
fax: 408-288-9048

Guadalupe River Park is a three-mile ribbon of park land that runs along the banks of the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose from Highway 880 at the north, to Highway 280 at the south. It is a resource of regional importance to the people of Santa Clara County and the Bay Area.

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Happy Hollow Park & Zoo

phone: 408.794.6424
fax: 408.794.6470

Invite our zoo teachers and live animal ambassadors to teach your group during an interactive presentation!

Programs may be conducted in a school, community center, or other non-residential facility. You can also schedule a program to coincide with your group's trip to Happy Hollow!

Discounts for programs booked in September, November, December, and January

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Hidden Villa

phone: 650-949-8643
fax: 650-949-1918

Hidden Villa is a private, nonprofit educational organization situated on a working organic farm and surrounding wildlands in Los Altos Hills, California. Our mission is "to inspire a just and sustainable world through our programs, land, and legacy." School programs introduce both farm and nature education in a values-oriented manner that brings numerous California State Science Standards to life for our students.

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Living Classroom

phone: 650-224-8274

Living Classroom is a garden-based education program providing science, social studies and math lessons based on the study of living things primarily in a school garden setting. Lessons are all State Standard aligned and seamlessly integrate into existing curriculum. Lessons and all materials are provided by trained docents or Program staff as a service to the teacher and as is garden design, installation and maintenance.

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Marine Science Institute

phone: 650-364-2760 x 10
fax: 650-364-0416

The Institute's mission is to cultivate a responsibility for the natural environment and our human communities through interdisciplinary science education. We achieve this goal through innovative marine science education programs that:

Place students of all ages in direct contact with the natural environment;

Emphasize the interdependence of all living things, their connection to the physical environment, and the special responsibilities of humans to the environment;

Facilitate active learning through the use of observation, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills in a cooperative setting, and

Instill confidence, encourage involvement, and inspire accomplishment by providing positive role models.

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Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District

phone: 650-691-1200
fax: 650-691-0485

The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District's purpose is to purchase, permanently protect, and restore lands forming a regional open space greenbelt, preserve unspoiled wilderness, wildlife habitat, watershed, viewshed, and fragile ecosystems, and provide opportunities for low-intensity recreation and environmental education.

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phone: 909-556-0119


At NatureBridge, we foster environmental literacy to sustain our planet.

Environmental science in nature’s classroom

NatureBridge provides hands-on environmental science programs for children and teens. Our multi-day programs take place outdoors in the magnificence of nature’s classroom, where students are immersed in the wonder and science of our national parks in Yosemite, Golden Gate, Olympic, Santa Monica Mountains, Channel Islands, and Prince William Forest.

Founded as Yosemite Institute in 1971, today NatureBridge welcomes more than 700 schools and 30,000 students and teachers each year to our six campuses. After more than 40 years of teaching and inspiring students, NatureBridge has provided life-changing experiences for more than 1 million participants and is a national leader in the field of environmental education.

NatureBridge does not have any programs in the system.

Palo Alto Junior Museum & Zoo

phone: 650-444-7447
fax: 650-473-1965

The Junior Museum & Zoo (JMZ) is a place where children and their caregivers come to explore, discover, create and play. Through hands-on science exhibits, zoo animals and engaging science lessons for families and school groups, we seek to engage a child's curiosity for science and nature.

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Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

phone: 408-252-3740
fax: 408-252-2850

The Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society was founded in 1926 and with over 3,000 members is one of the largest National Audubon Society chapters in California. Our Mission is to preserve, to enjoy, to restore and to foster public awareness of native birds and their ecosystems, mainly in Santa Clara County.

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Save The Bay

phone: 5104636813
fax: (510) 463-6851

Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion since 1961, Save The Bay protects the Bay from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development, making it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife.

We restore habitat and secure strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 25,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually.

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Tuolumne River Trust

phone: 415-882-7252
fax: 415-882-7253

The Tuolumne River begins in Yosemite National Park, flows through the Central Valley and into the San Joaquin River, and empties into the San Francisco Bay. Its waters provide habitat for fish and wildlife, water for farms, and drinking water for over 2.5 million people in the Bay Area.

The Tuolumne River Trust is a San Francisco-based nonprofit that aims to restore the river through its programs in environmental education, restoration, advocacy, and recreation.

Over 6,000 Bay Area students participate in our "That's the Tuolumne in my Tap" environmental education program each year.

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Vida Verde Nature Education

phone: 650-747-9288

Vida Verde is a nonprofit that promotes educational equity by providing free, overnight, environmental learning experiences for students who don’t otherwise get the opportunity.

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Walden West

phone: 408-573-3050
fax: 408-867-9667

For over 60 years Walden West has provided a respected week-long residential environmental science education experience to Santa Clara County’s 5th and 6th grade students.

To meet a growing demand for shorter science programs, we created Growing Gardens for Growing Minds, to engage students in outdoor garden learning at their own school.

Most recently, we began an exciting program that combines science, sustainability, and the outdoors in day-long science and environmental programs using the new Abby Sobrato Science and Sustainability Center at Walden West.

All Walden West programs are affordable, high-quality, hands-on, standards-rich and take advantage of the outdoors to teach science concepts while introducing students to natural environments.

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Wildlife Associates

phone: 650-712-0800
fax: 650-712-0774

One of the first educational organizations of its kind in the country, Wildlife Associates offers a unique variety of exciting learning programs, where animals are the teachers.

Our live-animal experiential learning programs have a transformative effect on children as well as adults. They help every participant connect to the living earth and its natural systems with a greater understanding of science, and they inspire and nurture compassion, empathy, and understanding for all living things, including ourselves.

The future health of our planet depends upon the success of today’s science and environmental education programs. With our amazing wild animals, Wildlife Associates brings science to life and touches the hearts and minds of children in joyful and effective ways.

Please explore the wonderful programs we offer…where animals are the teachers.

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Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley

phone: (408)929-9453
fax: (408)928-5853

The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley is an independent, non-profit organization that serves as a wildlife hospital for sick, injured, and orphaned local wildlife and also provides quality wildlife education for all ages. WCSV’s interactive youth education programs meet specific California Science Curriculum requirements and can include a visit with a wildlife ambassador. We offer programs on and off-site, in classrooms, or in suitable outdoor locations.

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Youth Science Institute (YSI)

phone: (408) 356-4945 x12
fax: (408) 358-3683

Youth Science Institute (YSI) is a nonprofit organization that partners with nature to teach science to nearly 30,000 preschool through 6th-grade students annually. Since 1953, YSI has inspired children’s enthusiasm for science and love of learning, developed critical thinking skills, and forged connections with nature that foster personal health and earth stewardship.

YSI delivers school and group programs, summer science camps, weekend Science Safaris, and free community events at its Science and Nature Centers at Alum Rock Park in San Jose, Sanborn County Park in Saratoga, Vasona Lake County Park in Los Gatos, and in schools throughout Silicon Valley and the Peninsula. For more information, visit or call 408-356-4945.

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