Looking for a new way to engage your middle and high school science classes? Want to incorporate the new Next Generation Science Standards practices into your classroom?
Get your students thinking, learning and acting like scientists with our new Field Biology Workshops!
Our workshops are designed to bring the practices of the NGSS directly into the classroom using real-life conservation challenges. These workshops are an innovative way to introduce technology, animal-related careers and the skills of field biology into your classroom. Each two-session workshop will incorporate a field biology problem based on real life, such as the California Condor Recovery Program, and ask students to evaluate and analyze real data and make recommendations for the conservation of affected species.
Technologies used may include GPS tracking and radio telemetry. Emphasis is placed on practicing the skills of scientists (asking questions, arguing from evidence, making models, etc.) and encouraging students to think critically when making scientific recommendations.
Workshops are offered in full-day sessions designed to fit in to a school day. Workshops run 9:30am-2:30pm with an hour break for lunch (lunch not provided). Teachers also have the option to take and complete follow-up assignments related to the workshops.
We currently offer three different programs: Conservation Field Biology, Watersheds Field Biology, and Zoo Conservation History.
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When to Book
Our programs are very popular, so we recommend that you fax or email your request form 4- 6 weeks in advance of the date you would like to reserve. We cannot accommodate requests for bookings less than two weeks prior to the event.
How to Book
Please fill out the Field Biology Workshop Request Form, completely and email it to our Reservations Associate or you may fax it to 510-729-7324.
A copy of your PO or payment in full is due at least 45 days in advance.
Changes to Your Reservation
One change to your reservation date can be made as long as it is requested at least 45 days prior to your originally-scheduled program. Should you need to make a change, we will gladly work with you to reschedule a date for later in the same school year, pending availability, and any previous payments will be applied to the new reservation.
If you need to cancel your reservation, you will receive a full refund if you cancel more than 45 days prior to the event. We are sorry, but we cannot give any refunds for cancelations made less than 45 days in advance.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Teen Programs Manager Katie Garchar.
Community & Group Programs
Field Biology Workshops
Teen Wild Guides