Field Trips for K-12 Students
Reservations for in-person Discover the Flyway Field Trips
will open the week of August 16
Discover the Flyway Field Trips
Discover the Flyway Field Trips start at the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Headquarters Demonstration Wetlands. Students rotate through three or four wetland themed science learning activities or one social studies unit (see options below). All activities are hands-on, interactive, and inquiry based.
The morning activities are followed by a 20 – 30 minute break for lunch (not provided) at the Demonstration Area. The Field Trip continues after lunch with the distribution of loaner binoculars and bird I.D. cards to each student and chaperone followed by a binocular lesson. Then students load up in their bus or chaperoned cars and caravan to the nearby Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area or the vernal pools of Grasslands Regional Park for a time of discovery before returning to school.
Science Learning Activities
If you have 15 to 30 students, select 3 or 4 science activities.
If you have 30 to 40 students, select 4 science activities.
Science Learning Activity Options and Suggested Grade Levels
Critter Caper (1st – 12th) (click here for information on our FREE Discover the Flyway Vernal Pool-based Field Trip)
Salmon Senses (2nd – 6th)
Tracks, Scat and Signs (1st – 6th)
Feathered Friends (K – 2nd)
How do I Compare to an Egret? (K – 1st)
Migration Madness (3rd – 6th)
Owl Pellets (4th – 12th)
What Can I Eat with this Beak? (3rd – 6th)
Leaf Identification (K – 2nd)
Wetland Plant ID (3rd – 12th)
Sinking into Soil (K – 1st)
The Great Percolation Race (2nd – 12th)
Water Quality Testing (6th – 12th)
Wetland Pond Study (K – 12th)
Un-Nature Trail (K – 2nd)
Social Science Units
minimum time required for a social science unit: 4.5 hours
maximum time required for a social science unit: 5 hours
Patwin Life (3rd Grade)
Autumn: Acorn Season
Spring: Salmon Run!
Summer: Tule Cordage
Winter: Valley Villages
Feeding the People (4th Grade)
Changing Swampland to Farmland
Irrigation: Moving Water to the Farm
Seeds and Grains of the Yolo Basin
Transportation: Food on the Move
Wetland Tour Locations
Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area: September 21 – February 28 and May 1 – 31
Grasslands Regional Park: March 1 – April 28
Field Trips Details
- Field trips are offered on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from September – May.
- Science based field trips require a minimum of three and a half hours (if you select 3 learning activities) or four hours (if you select 4 learning activities), and a maximum of 4.5 hours.
- Social Science units require a minimum of 4.5 hours and a maximum of 5 hours.
- Number of students: minimum 15; maximum of 40.
- Chaperones: minimum of one adult chaperone for each station selected.
- Cost: $12.00 per student; no cost for chaperones.
Transportation Funding Assistance
- Limited transportation funding assistance may be available to Title I schools through the Transportation Mini-Grant Program. Contact Heidi Satter, email@example.com, for more information.
Program Terms and Conditions
Click here to read the program Terms and Conditions before selecting a program date.
Wild About Wetlands Kits
Wild About Wetlands Kits are available to teachers to prepare students for their Discover the Flyway program or to supplement wetland education. Kits include activities and lessons with all materials provided. Teachers or other youth leaders can check out kits FOR TWO WEEKS.
We are also revising some of the activities to a virtual platform. Here is an example https://www.yolobasin.org/whoseskullisit/
Teachers must pick up and return kits at the Yolo Basin Foundation office. To reserve a kit, email Corky Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org.