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Teacher Resources

Answer Key for All Activity Sheets

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Program Request Forms

Nature Van Program Resources for Teachers

Prepare your class for an upcoming Terwilliger Nature Van visit or use these Student Activity Sheets to engage students in the study of the natural world for any curriculum. Each grade-appropriate resource will open as a PDF for easy downloading or printing.

Pre-Nature Van Visit Vocabulary             Answer Key for All Activity Sheets

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Birds of a Feather

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California Wildlife

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Creeks and Ponds

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Going Green

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Marvelous Mammals

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Ocean Adventures

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Raptors

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Redwood Giants

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Wild Wetlands

Tripping with Terwilliger DVDs

As preparation for your hike, take a virtual field trip with Mrs. T at terwilligerfilms.org

Produced specifically for Grades K- 5, these wonderful nature education films feature acclaimed naturalist-teacher and conservationist, Elizabeth Terwilliger. Her unique interactive, multi-sensory teaching techniques inspire children to respect and appreciate Nature.  As adults, they will be prepared to make responsible decisions to protect and preserve our natural environment.

School librarians may request a free DVD of the Tripping with Terwilliger Habitat Adventure Series at terwilligerfilms.org.

Directions to Field Trip Sites

Hike on Ring Mountain. Photo by Holly Manly

Hike at Muir Woods. Photo by Anita Bock

Hike at Spring Lake. Photo by Anita Bock

Hike at China Camp. Photo by Anita Bock

Ring Mountain

Muir Woods

Spring Lake

China Camp

Directions to Ring Mountain

  • From Highway 101 take the Paradise Drive exit.
  • From the north, turn left at the stop light getting into the right lane. Continue through the next stop light
  • From the south, getting into the right lane, turn right at the stop light.

Everyone:

  • Bear right onto San Clemente Drive. At the next stop light the road becomes Paradise Drive. Continue through the next light.
  • After Westward Drive on the right, look for the Ring Mountain Preserve sign on the right (approximately 1-1/2 miles from Hwy 101. Park along the road.
  • If coming on a long trip, please stop at San Clemente Park for the bathrooms.

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Directions to Muir Woods Field Trip

From San Francisco, Peninsula, or South Bay to Muir Woods

  • Take Highway 101 North across the Golden Gate Bridge.
  • Exit Highway l/Stinson Beach (there will be a sign for Muir Woods at this exit)
  • Drive about .5 miles. At the stoplight, turn left.
  • Drive about 2.7 miles. At the top of the hill, turn right towards Muir Woods/Mount Tamalpais.
  • Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left towards Muir Woods (oncoming traffic has the right of way!).
  • Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The regular Muir Woods parking lot is at the bottom of the hill, on a sharp turn, on your right. Continue left past this lot to the ADDITIONAL PARKING LOT. Meet the Nature Guides just inside this parking lot.

From Berkeley, Oakland, or East Bay to Muir Woods

  • Take Interstate 80 East from the Bay Bridge.
  • Exit Interstate 580 West for the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge
  • Exit Hwy 101 South
  • Exit Highway l/Stinson Beach (there will be a sign for Muir Woods at this exit)
  • Drive about .5 miles. At the stoplight, turn left.
  • Drive about 2.7 miles. At the top of the hill, tum right towards Muir WoodslMount Tamalpais.
  • Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left towards Muir Woods (oncoming traffic has the right of way!).
  • Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The regular Muir Woods parking lot is at the bottom of the hill, on a sharp turn, on your right. Continue left past this lot to the ADDITIONAL PARKING LOT. Meet the Nature Guides just inside this parking lot.

From San Rafael, Santa Rosa, or North Bay to Muir Woods

  • Take Highway 101 South
  • Exit Highway l/Stinson Beach (there will be a sign for Muir Woods at this exit)
  • Drive about. 5 miles. At the stoplight, turn left.
  • Drive about 2.7 miles. At the top of the hill, turn right towards Muir WoodslMount Tamalpais.
  • Drive about 0.8 miles. At the 4-way intersection, turn left towards Muir Woods (oncoming traffic has the right ofwayl).
  • Continue down the hill about 1.6 miles. The regular Muir Woods parking lot is at the bottom ofthe hill, on a sharp tum, on your right. Continue left past this lot to the ADDITIONAL PARKING LOT. Meet the Nature Guides just inside this parking lot.

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Important: ALL drivers must enter Spring Lake Park via Hoen/Newanga Entrance, then follow the signs to the Jackrabbit Par Course area.

DO NOT go to the Discovery Center!

From Highway 101, take the Highway 12 Exit.  Follow Hwy 12 East to first stop light (Farmer’s Lane).
Continue straight at stop light onto Hoen Ave.
Follow Hoen Ave past Summerfield Rd.  Just after you pass Summerfield Rd., turn left onto Newanga Ave.
Follow Newanga as it bends to the right (following the Spring Lake Park signs) and continue ? miles to the Spring Lake County Regional Park entrance kiosk.

Display Parking Permit!

After the entrance kiosk, turn left and follow the winding narrow road 1/2 mile to the boat launch parking lot.
Turn left at the Jackrabbit Par Course sign.
Park on the left near the Jackrabbit Picnic Area and avoid reserved parking spaces near the picnic tables to the right. If the parking on the left is full, use the spaces nearer to the boat ramp.

Meet on the lawn below the restroom area.

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Directions to Miwok Meadows, China Camp

From the South:

  • Take Hwy 101 North;
  • Take the North San Pedro Roadexitj .
  • See “Everyone” below.

From the North:

  • Take Hwy 101 South;
  • Exit North San Pedro Road;
  • Turn left at the stop sign onto Merrydale;
  • Continue to the first stop light, getting into the left turn lane;
  • Turn left and proceed under the overpass (you should be on North San Pedro Road);
  • See “Everyone” below.

Everyone:

  • From the stop light by the Civic Center, go straight and continue about 3 miles on San Pedro Road to the Miwok Meadows sign on your right;
  • The gate will be open; please enter and drive to the large parking area by the picnic tables.

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