ENVIRO 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 the Field Trip Request Form so our education team may contact you as soon as possible.

Field Trip 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 Request Form. You will soon be contacted by our Education Coordinator.

Map of Field Trip Locations (that do not have a formal address)

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.

I Am Sausal Creek­/Soy el Arroyo Sausal Book

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).

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.

Big Trees Trail in Joaquin Miller Park

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.

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).

Beaconsfield Canyon (for schools located nearby)

Beaconsfield Canyon (for schools located nearby)
  • 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.

Monterey Redwoods in Dimond Canyon Park

Monterey Redwoods in Dimond Canyon Park
  • 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.

Bridgeview Trail in Dimond Canyon Park

Bridgeview Trail in Dimond Canyon Park
  • 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.

Bridgeview Pollinator Garden in Dimond Canyon Park

Bridgeview Pollinator Garden in Dimond Canyon Park
  • 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.

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.

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.

William D. Wood Park

William D. Wood 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.

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.