ENVIRO EDUCATION FIELD TRIPS

Our field trip programs consist of environmental education lessons, hands-on stewardship projects, and classroom presentations. Lessons are tailored for elementary to college level students, and are led by our highly experienced and knowledgeable staff.

Book Your Field Trip

  • Review our below Field Trip FAQ as well as our example field trip locations and activities.  

  • When you are ready, fill out the Field Trip Request Form so our education and outreach manager may contact you as soon as possible.

Field Trip FAQ​:

How have field trips been adapted for COVID-safety?

FOSC prioritizes the health and safety of all field trip participants, volunteers, and FOSC staff. The FOSC Education and Outreach Manager will work with you to ensure that the field trip abides by current COVID protocols.

Do we need to sign any waivers?

All students must complete a FOSC and City of Oakland waiver (both are available in English and Español). All minors need a parental signature on both forms. 

Is there a fee for field trips with FOSC?

We request a sliding scale fee of $10-$20 per student to cover staff time and materials. The fee is waived for underserved schools (Title 1) as FOSC seeks grant funding for these schools.

How soon should I book my field trip?

Programs must be scheduled at least one month in advance. 

Do we need to have chaperones available?

Groups must have a one to six chaperone to student ratio

How can we get to the field trip location?

Many locations are accessible by AC Transit, but we recommend bus or carpool for programs above Highway 13.

Can students bring food and snack on their trip?

Groups are invited to bring snacks and/or lunches to eat picnic-style on-site before or after the trip. Field trips will include at least two breaks for bathroom, snacks, and water (or as requested by the group).

Where are the drop-off/pick-up sites for the field trips?

The education and outreach manager will ensure that you know where to go before the field trip takes place. Please also see our map of field trip locations that do not have a formal address if you require additional information.

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

Classroom Presentation Options

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.

Dimond Park

Dimond Park
  • 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.

Dimond Canyon Trail in Dimond Canyon Park

Dimond Canyon Trail in Dimond Canyon Park
  • 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.

Friends of Sausal Creek Native Plant Nursery in Joaquin Miller Park

Friends of Sausal Creek Native Plant Nursery in Joaquin Miller Park
  • 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).

Fern Ravine Wetland and Redwoods in Joaquin Miller Park

Fern Ravine Wetland and Redwoods in Joaquin Miller Park
  • 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.

Jingletown: Peterson Street Art Wall and Garden (Follow Your Creek Program)

Jingletown: Peterson Street Art Wall and Garden (Follow Your Creek Program)
  • 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).

Fruitvale Bridge Park at Sausal Creek Outlet (Follow Your Creek Program)

Fruitvale Bridge Park at Sausal Creek Outlet (Follow Your Creek Program)
  • 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.

Community Service

In addition to field trips, high school students can also participate in FOSC’s public volunteer programs—ideal opportunities to earn community service credits. If you are interested in a group volunteering event, please fill out our Group Volunteering Application.

 

Some public programs are also appropriate for younger students (please see program descriptions) if they are accompanied by an adult. 

 

For more information on volunteering, check out our Event Calendar