Field Trip Planning - Location and Subject
Programs are customized based on the needs of each independent group.
 
To plan your trip please consider
1. Desired location
2. Field trip time frame
3. Desired learning outcomes
4. Level of student knowledge.
 
Please refer to the descriptions below to see what lessons and activities are available at each location.
When you are ready to schedule a trip fill out our Field Trip Application. You will soon be contact by our Education Coordinator.
Map of Field Trip Locations (that do not have a formal address)

Classroom Presentation Options

  • Pre-lesson to outdoor field trip, including general information about Friends of Sausal Creek, the Sausal Creek Watershed, habitat restoration and environmental stewardship, aquatic insects, and logistics of upcoming outdoor field trip.

  • Mapping exercise to help students discover the creek corridor in relation to their school, major streets, parks, and the BART station.

I Am Sausal Creek­/Soy el Arroyo Sausal Book

  • For 2nd-5th grade students, a week prior to their field trip students can read I Am Sausal Creek­/Soy el Arroyo Sausal, a bilingual Spanish and English picture book about the history of Oakland told through the voice of Sausal Creek. (FOSC has 25 copies of this book that can be borrowed or read to students during a classroom visit).

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants, planting native plants (during the rainy season), and blocking ecologically harmful social trails in the redwoods.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, Human Impacts, and Water Quality and Conservation. We can also lead exploration hikes and/or artistic projects.

Big Trees Trail in Joaquin Miller Park

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants and picking up trash.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, and Human Impacts. We can also lead exploration hikes and/or artistic projects.

  • Hands-on projects include transplanting, pot washing, weeding, pruning, and general plant care and facilities maintenance.

  • Discussion topics include the importance of growing native plants for habitat restoration and gardening.

  • Field trips can also include lessons on native pollinators and/or a wildflower hike (during the blooming season).

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants, planting native plants (during the rainy season), and trail maintenance.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, Human Impacts, Water Quality and Conservation, and Aquatic Insect Monitoring. We can also lead exploration hikes and/or artistic projects.

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants, planting native plants (during the rainy season), and trail maintenance.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, Human Impacts, Water Quality and Conservation, and Aquatic Insect Monitoring. We can also lead exploration hikes and/or artistic projects.

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants, planting native plants (during the rainy season), and installing erosion control fabric along slopes.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, and Human Impacts. We can also lead exploration hikes and/or artistic projects.

  • Gardening projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants, moving and spreading mulch, and planting native plants (during the rainy season).

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Native Plant Identification, Native Pollinators and Bee Observation, and Pollination. We can also lead exploration hikes along the nearby trail and/or artistic projects.

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants, planting native plants (during the rainy season), trail stewardship, trash removal from the creek, and removing graffiti from trees and signs.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, Human Impacts, Water Quality and Conservation, and Aquatic Insect Monitoring. We can also lead exploration hikes and/or artistic projects.

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include picking up trash, cleaning up or painting over graffiti, and tending to our native plant demonstration garden (appropriate for detail-oriented students in 5th grade and up).

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, Littering/Trash and Human Impacts, Water Quality and Conservation, Pollination, and Aquatic Insect Monitoring. We can also lead exploration hikes and/or artistic projects.

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants, and picking up trash.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, and Human Impacts.

  • Hands-on stewardship projects include weeding invasive, nonnative plants and removing trash from the creek.

  • Lessons include 1-2 of the following topics: Introduction to Basic Watershed Concepts, Plant Identification, Natural History of the Sausal Creek Watershed, Human Impacts, and Water Quality and Conservation. We can also lead artistic projects.

  • Students visit Jingletown to see murals created by local artists that depict natural and cultural aspects of the neighborhood.

  • Lessons involve observing and learning from these murals, encouraging students to think more about what is going on in their local community to actions they can take themselves or at home, and learning about native plants and the advantages of native plant gardens to the local environment.

  • Students also tend to the garden (weeding, watering, mulching, and/or planting in the rainy season).

  • Students use binoculars to view peregrine falcons that nest on the bridge and look for other coastal birds and sea lions in the channel using an observation checklist.

  • Students learn about different bird nesting habitats and the importance of birds of prey.

  • This lesson can also be combined with an observation walk along the channel or from/to your school.

Observation Walk to Fruitvale Bridge Park and Back to School ("Follow Your Creek" Program)

  • Students count and map the storm drain inlets and learn about the impacts of trash in storm drains on the bay and ocean.

  • This lesson can also be combined with a bird lesson at Fruitvale Bridge Park or an observation walk along the channel.

Observation Walk from Fruitvale Bridge Park to the High Street Bridge—part of the San Francisco Bay Trail ("Follow Your Creek" Program)

  • Students observe estuarine wildlife and learn about the history of the channel.

  • This lesson can also be combined with a bird lesson at Fruitvale Bridge Park or an observation walk from/to your school.

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Friends of Sausal Creek

P.O. Box 2737

Oakland, CA 94602

 

coordinator@sausalcreek.org

 

phone: (510) 501-3672

Tax ID: 91-2147216

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