“All of my students have declared that it was the best trip they have ever been on. The school visit to the preserve brought an awareness of the nature that surrounds them (although it is not always obvious in urban Oakland.) It helped reinforce the need to respect, care for, and to learn from our environment. It provoked questions from the students and made them more appreciative of nature and life.” - teacher, Oakland
Elementary school classes engage in nature education at the Martin Griffin Preserve on the Bolinas Lagoon in Marin County (4th and 5th grades) and the Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma County’s Valley of the Moon (3rd and 4th grades). Students may investigate a variety of habitats, including oak woodlands, mixed evergreen forests, riparian woodlands, aquatic environments, grasslands, and coastal scrub, while learning about ecology and biological diversity, Native American folklore, and the natural history of local plants and animals. Students have direct contact with nature, allowing them to explore with their senses and imaginations.
ACR School Programs are scheduled in the fall and spring and are at no cost to schools. School groups are responsible for organizing their own transportation, though transportation scholarships are available.
Bring a Class
To learn more about how to get students out into nature on an ACR preserve, visit the Bring a Class page.
Become a Docent
We need your help! If you are interested in become one of the talented volunteer educators of Martin Griffin or Bouverie preserve, please visit the Get Involved page.