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    -  Nature Hike Program Request Form    
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    -  WildCare Center Tour Program Request Form    
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  Directions to WildCare Nature Hike Sites    
    -  Ring Mountain, Corte Madera    
    -  Muir Woods    
    -  Spring Lake, Santa Rosa    
    -  Miwok Meadows, China Camp, San Rafael    

Nature Van Program Resources for Teachers

Clapper rail illustration 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

Birds

Pre-Van Activities

Post-Van Activities

California Wildlife

Pre-Van Activities

Post Van Activities

Creeks and Ponds

Pre-Van Activities

Post-Van Activities

 

Endangered Wetlands

Pre-Van Activities

Post-Van Activities

 

Mammals

Pre-Van Activities

Post-Van Activities

Oceans

Pre-Van Activities

Post-Van Activities

 

Raptors

Pre-Van Activities

Post-Van Activities

Redwood Forests

Pre-Van Activities

Post-Van Activities

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WildCare Nature Education Program Request Forms

Use these forms to request a WildCare program and WildCare's Education Coordinator will contact you to schedule it. Please note: This form is a request for a reservation not confirmation of a scheduled program. Every effort will be made to accomodate requests.

Nature Hikes

Scholarships available! Click here to request a scholarship for your class/school.  
Kids on a Nature Guide hike

Immerse your students in nature with our exciting hikes led by WildCare’s Terwilliger Nature Guides.  Students will use their senses to examine animal tracks, investigate scat, and spot wildlife in order to expand their knowledge and appreciation of local flora and fauna.  Choose from the following hike sites:

Miwok Meadows (San Rafael)
Experience the oak woodland ecosystem and its amazing biodiversity.  The hike will focus on the ecology of creeks, saltwater marshes and grassland.  Common sightings include wild turkey, deer, egrets and woodrat stick nests.  Wheelchair accessible.
Grades K-6. Thursdays 9:30 am-12:00 pm.

Ring Mountain (Corte Madera)
Learn about the unique geology and botany of this grassland, rich in serpentine soils.  Students will learn about the cultural history of the Coast Miwok Indians, while enjoying the panoramic views of San Francisco and Mt. Tamalpais. 
Grades 2-6. Tuesdays 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Muir Woods (Mill Valley)
Explore the fascinating ecology of a Coast Redwood Forest.  Growing as tall as skyscrapers and living up to 2,000 years, Coast Redwoods provide a unique ecosystem found nowhere else on the planet.  Keep an eye out for banana slugs, chipmunks and salmon.   Wheelchair accessible.
Grades K-6, Wednesdays and Fridays 9:30 am-12:30 pm.

Spring Lake (Santa Rosa)
Discover the intricate ecology of a freshwater lake and the surrounding oak savannah ecosystem.  Highlights include plenty of waterfowl, scorpions, deer and aquatic insects.  Visit an acorn granary and watch the Acorn Woodpeckers in action.  Wheelchair accessible. 
Grades K-6, Wednesdays 9:30 am-12:00 pm.

$175 per class, per hike.

Teachers are required to bring a minimum of 1 adult for every 5 children to ensure a safe and hands-on experience.

Your school may be eligible for a WildCare Scholarship!  Click here for more information on our scholarship program.

To reserve a Nature Hike by phone, please call (415) 453-1000 x12.

 


   


   


 
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Nature Van

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Nature Van in the classroom

Bring the wild into your classroom with a visit from WildCare’s Nature Van full of taxidermy, bones, bio-facts, and more!

This program gives students the opportunity to be hands-on with animals and artifacts that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to touch and see up close. 

Pre- and post-visit classroom supplements are included with this program.  Our Nature Van will leave students with a sparked interest in the natural world and a strengthened sense of responsibility towards preserving our planet. Choose from the list of topics below.

California Wildlife:
A touch of feathers, fur and scales!  Learn about the astounding animals that live right here in our own neighborhoods.  This presentation provides an overview of our state’s wonderfully diverse wildlife.

Birds of a Feather:
From zipping hummingbirds to soaring raptors, examine the amazing adaptations of our crafty feathered friends.  Students will leave thinking that perhaps having a bird brain isn’t such a bad thing!

Marvelous Mammals:
Purrs, howls, hisses and growls!  Investigate the surprising diversity of mammals, from marsupials and mustelids to felines and canines, and find out where humans fit into this furry cast of critters.

Redwood Giants:
Who is hiding amongst the tallest trees in the world?  Take a peek into life in a Coastal Redwood Forest.  From banana slugs on the forest floor to owls in the canopy, investigate the interdependency of organisms hidden in each layer of this spectacular forest.

Ocean Adventures:
Put on your swimsuit and get ready for a trip to the sea!  Discover the unbelievable ways that animals have adapted to living in each ocean habitat, from tidepools and sandy beaches to kelp forests and the open ocean.

Wild Wetlands:
Creeks, ponds and wetlands!  Wade into the unique lifecycles of the animals that pass through these watery worlds.  Explore this vanishing habitat to learn exactly why it is worth preserving and how you can help.

Going Green:
It’s not easy being green, but WildCare can teach you how!  Investigate the issues affecting wildlife and learn simple ways that you can make a difference.  The plants and animals will thank you!

$150 for 1st presentation, $100 for each additional presentation, $1 per mile travel fee ($10 minimum). 

45-60 minute presentations, pre-K to adult, 30 person maximum per presentation.

Your school may be eligible for a WildCare Scholarship! Click here for more information on our scholarship program.
 
To reserve a Nature Van program, by phone, please call
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WildCare Center Tours

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Wildlife Ambassadors in our courtyard
Meet our menagerie of wild animal ambassadors in an engaging guided tour.  Visitors will see the rescued non-releasable birds, reptiles and mammals housed in WildCare’s outdoor courtyard.  Every tour includes a special animal encounter with one of our wildlife ambassadors!   Learn why each of our ambassadors needed rescuing and how you can help their counterparts in the wild.  At the conclusion of your tour, take a stroll through our museum to get hands-on with our collection of taxidermy.

$130 per tour. 
45-60 minute tour, age 3 to adult, 30 person maximum per tour. 

Your school may be eligible for a WildCare Scholarship! Click here for more information on our scholarship program.

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WildCare Wildlife Ambassador Programs

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WildCare Wildlife Ambassadors. Photo by Megan Hansen  

There is nothing more memorable for your students than having live wild animals visit your classroom! 

Your class will have the opportunity to meet three of WildCare’s rescued non-releasable wild animals during this unforgettable presentation. 

By sharing the stories of why they needed rescuing, these animals act as ambassadors for their species in order to increase awareness of their plight in the wild. 

Possible wildlife visitors include a Northern Spotted Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Virginia Opossum, Eastern Fox Squirrel, California Desert Tortoise, Gopher Snake and many more! 

Whether you are looking for an overview of California Wildlife or a program focused on a particular theme in your class curriculum, this presentation is sure to please!

$180 for 1st presentation, $120 for second presentation, $1 per mile travel fee ($10 minimum). 

60 minute presentation, 1st grade to adult, 30 person maximum per presentation, 2 presentation maximum per day. 

Your school may be eligible for a WildCare Scholarship!
Click here for more information on our scholarship program.

To reserve a Wildlife Ambassador program by telephone, please call
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Our Wildlife Ambassador presentations include a short power point presentation about WildCare and an introduction to three of our non-releasable, educational wild animals. 

We can tailor the theme of the presentation to your class/group’s needs, however, we are unable to guarantee particular animals (though you can make a request). 

Some suggested topics are:  Mammals, Birds and Reptiles; Threatened and Endangered Wildlife; Animal Adaptations and Amazing Birds.

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Directions to Field Trip Sites

Ring Mountain field trip Muir Woods field trip Spring Lake field trip China Camp field trip

Directions to
Ring Mountain

Directions to
Muir Woods

Directions to
Spring Lake

Directions to
China Camp

Ring Mountain


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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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Muir Woods


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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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Spring Lake, Santa Rosa


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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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Miwok Meadows, China Camp, San Rafael


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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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