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Resources for Educators

Visit the first National Estuarine Research Reserve with your students. Discover an estuary, where the river meets the sea. Engage your students with the natural world while exploring a watershed, salt marsh, tideflat and water channel. Allow your students to hike, dig, collect, observe and inquire. Involve students in science, and build scientific literacy.

Field trips and educational programs

  • Description

    Discover what lies below the surface of the estuary from the platform of the docks. Water quality sampling, plankton tow, organism sampling.​

    Grades
    3-12
    Length
    1 hour
    Offered
    Wednesdays and Thursdays, March-May and September-October
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  • Description

    Use the scientific method and participate in an ongoing Reserve research project by collecting data, participating in hands-on science and using data in the classroom.

    Grades
    7-12
    Length
    2-3 hours
    Offered
    Wednesdays and Thursdays, September-May
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  • Description

    ​Identify native trees, learn how to measure forest health​.

    Grades
    8–12
    Length
    3 hours
    Offered
    Wednesdays and Thursdays, March, September and October​
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  • Description

    ​Learn about the threat of invasive species to our coastal habitats by participating in an invasive species pull with South Slough staff.​

    Grades
    5-12
    Length
    2-4 hours
    Offered
    Wednesdays and Thursdays, September–May​
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  • Description

    Discover what lies beneath the mud. Students will dig, collect and observe organisms living between the tides.​

    Grades
    3-12
    Length
    2–3 hours
    Offered
    Wednesdays and Thursdays, April & May
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    Registration
    Schedule a Field Trip
  • Description

    ​Begin when the treasure chest arrives in your classroom. The chest holds lesson plans, activities and accompanying learning tools to involve students over the course of a week. When students arrive at South Slough for the field trip they will hike to the shoreline of the estuary and embark on an adventure along the “treasure trails.” Clues will guide students, and by the end of the day, they will have learned enough to find the treasure.​

    Grades
    4 & 5
    Length
    4-5 hours
    Offered
    Wednesdays and Thursdays, September–October​
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  • Description

    ​Begin at the head of the freshwater and follow the creek to the estuary. Discover plants and animals along the way and discover where the fresh becomes salt. Journal?​

    Grades
    Pre-K - 12
    Length
    3-4 hours
    Offered
    Tuesday-Friday, March–May and September–October
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    Prepare for a Field Trip
    Registration
    Schedule a Field Trip

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