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Teacher's Guide
All about field trips
Crabs are an important part of life in the estuary.
Crabs are an important part of life in the estuary.
Welcome to our Teacher’s Guide: Information and How to Schedule a Field Trip for important information regarding your upcoming visit to South Slough.  In this guide, you will find answers to common questions, details about our location, and contact information for our education staff. 

Background Information
South Slough NERR has experienced environmental educators on hand to help train, guide, and teach students and parent/teacher volunteers.
Group Size
Class Groups
The Estuary Study Program and site can accommodate two classes simultaneously as long as they do not exceed a total number of 50 students.
Study Groups
All of the field trip activities and on-site equipment have been designed to accommodate study groups of one leader and a maximum of seven students. Therefore, it is essential that enough leaders are recruited and trained to insure a quality experience.

Leadership Training and Adult Volunteers
Classroom teachers are responsible for recruiting a minimum of one adult volunteer or teacher for every seven students attending the program. Leadership training is essential in conducting a quality field experience.
 
Teachers along with adult volunteers must attend the "Leadership Training Workshop" before a class will be able to confirm a field trip. This workshop is provided free of charge and will familiarize teachers and adult volunteers with the reserve and their roles in the on-site instructional activities.
 
Half-day workshops will be scheduled at the reserve as needed.

South Slough Program Staff
An on-site coordinator will work closely with each class participating in the Estuary Study Program. The coordinator will ship preparatory materials, meet your bus on-site, assist you, your adult volunteer leaders, and your class throughout the day, and coordinate the field trip activities.

We're closer than you think!
A yellow school bus drives up to the interpretive center.
We're ready for your visit!
Charleston is approximately 8 miles from Highway 101 in Coos Bay/North Bend via Cape Arago Highway. The South Slough Interpretive Center where most programs begin is located 4 miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Rd.  Visit our maps page for more information. 
 
Driving times to South Slough from:
 Medford 3 hours
 Roseburg 1.5 hours
 Eugene 2.5 hours
 Salem 3.5 hours
 Portland 4.25 hours
 

Scheduling a Field Trip
Educators teach about the mysteries of the estuary.
Educators teach about the mysteries of the estuary.
When calling or emailing to schedule a field trip and/or leadership training, determine a first and second choice of dates. To schedule a trip, email or call Joy Tally, the Education Program Specialist at:
 
(541) 888-5558 x 27
 
joy.tally@state.or.us