Environmental Education Field Trips
Our field trip programs consist of hands-on stewardship projects, environmental education lessons 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 of Field Trip Request Form so our education team may contact you as soon as possible.
Field Trips FAQ
How have field trips been adapted for COVID-safety?
All field trips take place in the outdoors, and all students, chaperones and Friends of Sausal Creek staff are required to wear masks. Activities will be designed to allow for students to stay 6 feet apart, and field trips are now being done only with smaller groups. We are happy to discuss our protocols in more detail with you.
Do we need to sign any waivers?
All students must complete a FOSC and City of Oakland waiver (English/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 $5-$10 per student to cover staff time and materials. The fee is waived for underserved schools 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 their lunches and eat picnic-style on-site before or after the trip, however chaperones will be responsible for overseeing COVID-related safety regarding food and eating. Field trips will include breaks as requested by the group.
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.
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.