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Nature & Environmental Studies (NEST) Program

April

1st Grade

April 4th  - Old Mill - Listening for the different bird songs

April 18 - The Glen and the garden to observe fruit trees and vines in the Spring

April 27 - Boyle Park to observe the blossoming patterns of the different trees

2nd Grade

April 2 - 2nd Grade & 5th grade at Olompali State Park to identify birds & wildflowers

April 16 - Redwood glen and garden planning our Spring garden

April 23 - Planting the Spring garden

April 30 - Boyle Park, observing the signs of Spring and budding trees

3rd Grade

April 1 - Greenwood Garden

April 15 - 3rd Monday in the Greenwood Garden

April 22 - Sonoma Farm (Sierra's family) by Bus at 10:40

April 29 - Green Gulch Farm - by Bus at 11:25

4th Grade

April 3 - Mt. Tamalpais Hike - Stream study at 11:25

April 17 - Olompali State Park  - Animals of Oak Woodlands at 11:25

April 24 - Agate Beach - tide pool ecology followed by beach clean up at 9:30am

5th Grade

April 2 - Olompali State Park, California History, at 11:25

April 16th - Roy's Redwoods, Shelter Building, at 11:25

April 23rd - Braiding Sweetgrass, Tennessee Valley, at 11:25

April 30th - Migrating Bird Study, Rush Creek, at 11:25

7th Grade

April 4th - Sculpture Art Project @ Roberto's Ranch at 10:35

April 18th - Sculpture Art Project @ Roberto's Ranch at 10:35

April 25th - Sculpture Art Project @ Roberto's Ranch at 10:35

8th Grade

April 5th - Track and Field Event, NO NEST

April 19th - Bio Monitoring, Homestead Valley, at 10:35

April 26th - Cal Academy of Science, Expedition Reef at 10:35

March

1st Grade

March 8 - Boyle Park - Signs of Receding King Winter

March 15 - Old Mill Park - Looking for Nests and other Signs of Spring

March 22 - Redwood Glen - Felled Tree Study

March 29 - Boyle Park - Observing Urban and Rural Settings

2nd Grade

March 5 - Boyle Park - Lifecycle of a Worm

March 12 - Redwood Glen and Greenwood Garden - Observing Water Levels and The Impact

March 19 - Old Mill Park - Looking for Birds Nests to Compare Weaving

March 26 -  Creating from Nature, Gathering for Playset Pieces - around Mill Valley

3rd Grade

Mar. 4 - Camino Alto Preserve @11:25

Mar. 11 - Work with Marin Co. Parks (tentative) @11:25

Mar. 18 - 3rd Monday in the Greenwood School Garden

Mar 25 - Orienteering with Mr. Schirm at China Camp  @11:25

4th Grade

March 6 - Marine Mammal Center - Native Marine Mammal; Historic and Present Threats @11:25

March 13 - Olompali SP - Historical Hike - Cultural Encounters: Coast Miwok, Rancheros, SF Society @11:25

March 20 -  Mt. Tamalpais Hike - Welcome Spring! First Day of Spring Scavenger Hunt @11:25

March 27 - SF Mission Dolores - Mission Tour and Cultural Encounters TBA

5th Grade

March 5th - Making Bio-Char at Muir Beach @ 11:25

March 12th - Rivers and Tides, Andy Goldsworthy exhibit, SF @ 11:25

March 19th - Ringing in Spring, Rush Creek Trail, 11:25

March 26th - San Francisco Fire Boat Tour @ 11:25

7th Grade

March 7th - Sculpture Projects at Roberto's Ranch @ 10:35

March 14th - Sculpture Projects at Roberto's Ranch @ 10:35

March 21st - Visiting copper foundry in Berkeley @ 10:35

March 28th - Sculpture Projects at Roberto's Ranch @ 10:35

8th Grade

March 1st - Rush Creek Birding Extravaganza @ 10:35

March 8th - Making Bio-Char at Muir Beach @ 10:35

March 15th - Learning about estuaries, Bothin Marsh @ 10:35

March 22nd - Organic Farm Tour, San Rafael @ 10:35

March 29th - Transpiration experiment, Presidio SF @ 10:35

February

1st Grade

Feb 6        Redwood Glen to write poem inspired by observations of  seasonal change

Feb 13        Old Mill Park - How does water erode?

Feb 20        Winter Break

Feb 27        Boyle park - The Signs of Spring

2nd Grade

Feb 5         Library and Old Mill to discover new signs of spring

Feb 12         Redwood Glen and the garden to pull weeds in the garden and identify plants

Feb 19         Winter Break

Feb 26         Boyle Park to make mud lotion and look for tadpoles, pollywogs and water life

3rd Grade

Feb  4          Friends of Mill Valley Steps, Lanes, Paths (cleaning stairs 71, 72)

Feb 11          Panoramic Hwy., Canopy Trail to Muir Woods

Feb 18          Winter Break

Feb  25         (Not 3rd Monday) in the Greenwood School Garden

4th Grade

Feb 6          Vivaldi 4 Season with 3rd grade/ Palace of Fine Arts time TBD- Music appreciation

Feb 13         Hyde Street Pier -  San Francisco Bay Maritime History  @ 11:30

Feb 20        Winter Break

Feb 27 - 29  Coloma - Gold Rush Living History Experience

5th Grade

Feb 5          Park Presidio, Andy Goldsworthy Redwood Walk  @ 11:25

Feb 12         Homestead Valley Land Trust, Work Service Day, Mill Valley @ 11:25

Feb 19         Winter Break

Feb 26          UPDATED: Palace of Fine Arts @ 11:25

7th Grade

Feb 7        Individual sculpture projects. Roberto’s Art Studio, Petaluma @ 10:45

Feb 14          Individual sculpture projects. Roberto’s Art Studio, Petaluma @ 10:45

Feb 21         Winter Break

Feb 28          Individual sculpture projects. Roberto’s Art Studio, Petaluma @ 10:45

8th Grade

Feb 1          Ocean Acidification Study, Wave Organ Exhibit in SF @ 10:35

Feb 8          Watersheds of Mill Valley, Bothin Marsh Preserve @ 10:35

Feb 15          Work Service Day and meeting with GLIDE PR Director, at Glide Church, San Francisco @ 10:35

Feb 22          Winter Break

JANUARY 2019

1st Grade

Jan 10 - Redwood Glen - Experiencing rain and the river using our senses

Jan 17 - Old Mill Park - Who Comes Out in the Rain?

Jan 24 -  Boyle Park - What do trees do in Winter?

Jan 31 - Redwood Glen - River Bank Life Observation

2nd Grade

Jan 8 - Redwood Glen - The River and our Five Senses

Jan 15 -  Old Mill Park - Observation/Study of Rain Loving Critters

Jan 22 - Boyle Park - Learning How Trees Respond to Wet Weather/The Seasons

Jan 29 -  Redwood Glen - Water’s Impact on River Banks and their Inhabitants

3rd Grade

Jan 14 - Green Gulch Farm - 11:25AM

Jan  28 -  (Not 3rd Monday) in the Greenwood School Garden  - 11:25AM

4th Grade

Jan 9 - Samuel P. Taylor -  Coho Salmon Observation/Study & Short Story Work - 11:30 am

Jan 16 - Tennessee Valley - Poetry in Nature Writing - 11:30 am

Jan 23 - Mt. Tamalpais - Nature Writing inspired by poetry of Chinese Immigrants - 11:30 am

Jan 30 - Mt.Tamalpais - Nature Writing inspired by John Muir - 11:30 am

Feb 6 - Vivaldi Four Seasons with 3rd grade/ Palace of Fine Arts (Time TBD)

Feb 13 - San Francisco  - Hyde Street Pier - Navigating the SF Bay Estuary. Rich cultural history of people and boating on the Bay - Tule canoes to Gold Rush - 11:30 am

5th Grade

Jan 8 - Native Plant Exploration, Camino Alto Open Space - 11:25AM

Jan 15 - Map Making, Phoenix Lake Reservoir - 11:25AM

Jan 22 - Me-As-A-Tree, Blithedale Canyon  -  11:25AM

Jan 29 - Geographical Features of the SF Bay, Tennessee Valley Trail - 11:25AM

7th Grade

Jan 10 - Earls Organics Produce Warehouse Tour, San Francisco - 10:35AM

Jan 17 - Weather Permitting, Sail the SF Bay, Spaulding Boat Center - 10:35AM

(bus share with 1st Grade)

Jan 24 - ‘Diggin' in the Garden’ Ed Team Tour, San Rafael Farmers Market - 10:45AM

Jan 31 - Individual Art Projects. Roberto’s Art Studio, Petaluma - 10:45AM

8th Grade

Jan 11 - Outcomes of the Semester, Roberto’s Art Studio - 10:45AM

Jan 18 - Scientific Data Collection, (Independent/Dependent Variables) Rock Springs - 10:45AM

Jan 25   -  Orienteering and Map Making, Mt. Tam Watershed, Phoenix Lake - 10:35AM

December 2018

1st Grade

Dec 6                Old Mill - Garland Collecting

Dec 13                Boyle park - Leaf Sailing

Dec 20                 Redwood Glen - Nature Presents

2nd Grade

Dec 4                Glen - Special Stones

Dec 11                Boyle Park - Tree Identification

Dec 18                Old Mill - Gather Bay Leaves

3rd Grade

Dec 3                Ring Mountain

Dec 10                WildCare with 4th Grade

Dec 17                Greenwood Garden

4th Grade

Dec 5                Museum of the American Indian, Novato

Dec 12                Oakland Museum: California Native History Tour

Dec 19                Local Hike - Muir Beach or Tennessee Valley

5th Grade

Dec 4                Botany Study at Ring Mountain

Dec 11                “All the Rain Brings” on Mt. Tam

Dec 18                Hike and Celebration in the Elements at Blithedale Canyon                

7th Grade

Dec 6                Independent Projects at Spaulding, Sausalito

Dec 13                Independent Projects at Spaulding, Sausalito

Dec 20                Independent Projects at Spaulding, Sausalito

8th Grade

Dec 7                Art at Roberto’s Studio, Petaluma

Dec 14                Art at Roberto’s Studio, Petaluma

Dec 21                Art at Roberto’s Studio, Petaluma

November 2018

1st Grade

Nov 8        Exploring in Nature - Redwood Glen

Nov 15         Observation of the Change in Season - Redwood Glen

Nov 29         Creek Time (Weather Permitting) - Old Mill park

2nd Grade

Nov 6        Leaf Walk - Boyle Park

Nov 13        Nature Building - Old Mill Park

Nov 27        Plant Identification - Redwood Glen

3rd Grade

Nov 5  Panoramic hwy/ canopy trail hike to Muir Woods

Nov 26        (Not 3rd Monday) in the Greenwood School Garden 

4th Grade

Nov 7        Viking Visit at Greenwood

Nov 14        SF Maritime Museum

Nov 28         Agate Beach/Tidepool

5th Grade

Nov 6        Overnight field trip to Slide Ranch

Nov         Water Cycle Study at Phoenix Lake

Nov          Thanksgiving        

Nov         ‘Me as a tree’ at Baltimore Canyon

7th Grade

Nov 1      Parent teacher conference

Nov 8      Spaulding: sail/wood blocks: group 2 sail w/ Brooke/Mike, 1&3 w Lish/Ben

Nov 15    Spaulding: sail/wood blocks: group 3 sail w Brooke/Mike, 1&2 w Lish/Ben

Nov 22    (Thanksgiving)

Nov 29    Independent Projects

8th Grade

Nov 9th                Roberto’s Art Studio and tour of local artist exhibit

Nov 16th         Roberto’s Art Studio        

Nov 23rd        Thanksgiving        

Nov 30th        Roberto’s Art Studio

October 2018

                                        

5th Grade

                                        

10/2 - Stream Study at Corte Madera Creek 11:30

10/9 - Muir Woods Work Service Day, early departure at 10am

10/16 - SF Botanical Garden 11:30

10/23 - Farm Field Studies, looking at plant and pollinator relationships 11:30

10/30 - Green Gulch, mindfulness and botanical studies

                                        

7th Grade

                                        

10/4 - Collective invasive grass for paper making on Mt. Tam 10:35

10/11 - Spaulding at 10: 35

10/18 - Spaulding at 10:35

10/25 - Work service day with Marin County Parks 10:35

                                        

8th Grade

                                        

10/5 - Roberto's Art Studio

10/12 - tentatively Harvesting Olives at College of Marin Orchard

10/19 - Roberto's Art Studio

10/26 - Roberto's Art Studio

                

August & September 2018

Grades 1 & 2  - Monday:

Aug. 27

Boyle

Sept. 10

Old Mill Park

Sept. 17

Sept. 24        

Redwood Glen

Grade 3 - Monday

Aug. 27

Green Gulch & hike to Muir Beach

Sept. 10

Ring Mountain Hike, Corte Madera

Sept. 17

Sept. 24

Third Monday at Redwood Lodge Garden

Lake Lagunitas, Fairfax

Grades  4 -

Wednesday

Aug. 29

Muir Beach Sensory Awareness Games & Community Building

Sept. 5

Mt. Tamalpais, hike back to school

Sept. 12

Hike to Bothin Marsh via Mill Creek

Sept. 19

Bay Model Sausalito

Grades  5  - Tuesday

Aug. 28

Spirit Nests at Stafford Lake @ 11:00

Sept. 4

Observations in Nature: engaging our senses at the Ladybug Trail @ 11:30

Sept. 11

Farm Field Study at Slide Ranch @ 10:30

Sept. 18

Sept. 25

Green Gulch Farm @ 10:30

Stream Study with Mill Valley Streamkeepers @ 11:30

Grades 7  - Thursday

Aug. 30

Sea School at Spaulding @ 10:30

Sept.. 6

Sailing with Freda @ 10:30

Sept.. 13

Sea School and Bird Watching at Spaulding @ 10:30

Sept. 20

Spaulding Woodshop @ 10:30

Sept.  27

Exploring reed boat design at Spaulding @ 10:30

Grades  8  - Friday                        

Aug. 31

Roberto’s art studio and Team Building Part 1 at Olompoli @ 10:30

Sept. 7

Team Building Part 2 and Roberto’s art studio @ 10:30

Sept. 14

Field trip to Artworks foundry in Berkeley @ 9:30

Sept. 21

Sept. 28

Roberto’s art studio @ 10:30

Roberto’s art studio @ 10:30

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PAST NEST OUTINGS:

May 2018

Grades 1 & 2 - Monday

May.  7

Boyle Park

May 14

Old Mill Park

May 21          

Redwood Glen

Grade 3 - Monday

May.  7

Petaluma Ranch, 10:40

May 14

Petaluma Ranch, 10:40

May 21

 

         

Petaluma Ranch, 10:40

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

May 1

Slide Ranch

 May 8

Space Chat with NASA's Solar System Ambassador and Virgin Galactic Unite Community Outreach Director , Ron Rosano!

 May 15

May 22

May 29

4th grade Angel Island / 5th grade bike ride to Tennessee Valley @ 11:30

Coyote Hike at Olompali State Park @ 11:30

Picnic and games at Muir Beach @ 11:30

Grades 6  - Thursday

May 3

Creating Labyrinths and networks, Old Mill Park @ 11:30

May 10

Marin County Work Service Day @ 11:30

May 17

May 24

May 31

Return of the Whales hike in the Marin Headlands @ 11:30

Cal Academy of Science @ 10:30

Picnic and games at Muir Beach @ 11:30

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday                        

May 4

Escape Room Challenge in SF @ 10:30

May 11

May Festival @ 12:30

May 18

May 25

Spaulding Boat Works & Petaluma Art Gallery Tour @ 10:30

TBD

April 2018

Grades 1 & 2 - Monday

Apr.  2

Old Mill Park

Apr. 16

Boyle Park

Apr. 22

Apr. 30          

Old Mill Park

Boyle Park

Grade 3 - Monday

Apr.  2

Petaluma Ranch, 10:40

Apr. 16

Petaluma Ranch, 10:40

Apr. 22

Petaluma Ranch, 10:40

Apr. 30

Petaluma Ranch, 10:40

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Apr. 3

Rodeo Beach and Marine Mammal Center, 11:30

 Apr. 17

4th grade independent trip & 5th grade Bike Ride, 11:30

 Apr. 24

Work Service Day with Marin County Parks, 11:30

Grades 6  - Thursday

Apr. 5

Exploring the Franciscan Complex, Marin Headlands, 11:30

Apr. 19

6th grade to Headwaters

Apr. 26

Understanding symbiosis and planting Milkweed for Monarchs, 11:30

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday                        

Apr. 6

Exploratorium

Apr. 20

Spaulding Boat works and Roberto’s Art Studio

Apr. 27

8th grade trip to Hawaii & 7th grade Sailing in SF Bay

March 2018

Grades 1 & 2  - Monday:  

Mar. 5

Old Mill Park

Mar. 12

Boyle Park

Mar. 19

Old Mill Park

Mar. 26

Boyle Park

Grade 3 - Monday

Mar. 5

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Mar. 12

Dawn Falls Walk,  Baltimore Canyon 10:40

Mar. 19

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Mar. 26

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Mar. 6

Fort Mason, SF 11:30

Mar. 13

Horse Hill, 11:30

Mar. 20

SF Bay Model, Sausalito 11:30

Mar. 27

Gallinas Creek Exploration, San Rafael, 11:30

Grades 6  - Thursday

Mar. 1

Resource Management Challenge, Marin Headlands, 11:30

Mar. 8

Point Bonita Light House,  11:30

Mar. 15

Makerspace Workshop, Sausalito, 11:30

Mar. 29

Work Service Day, Marin County Parks, 11:30

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday

Mar. 2

Fort Mason, 11:30

Mar. 9

Spaulding Boat Work & Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Mar. 16

Spaulding Boat Work & Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Mar. 30

Spaulding Boat Work & Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

February 2018

Grades 1 & 2  - Monday:  

Feb. 5

Boyle Park

Feb. 12

Old Mill Park

Feb. 26

Redwood Glen

Grade 3 - Monday

Feb. 5

Black Mountain Farm, Nicasio 9:45

Feb. 12

Black Mountain Farm, Nicasio 9:45

Feb. 26

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Feb. 6

Camino Alto Open Space, Indigenous Creation Myths, 11:30 am

Feb. 13

Ladybug Trail, All That the Rain Brings, 11:30 am

Feb. 27

Ring Mountain, Nature Journaling 11:30 am

Grades 6  - Thursday

Feb. 1

Ring Mountain, Nature Journaling, 11:30 am

Feb. 8

Woodworking, TBD 11:30 am

Feb. 15

Ecological literacy with Marin County Parks,11:30 am

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday

 Feb. 2              Spaulding Boat Work & Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Feb. 9

Spaulding Boat Work & Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Feb. 16

Spaulding Boat Work & Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

January 2018

Grades 1 & 2  - Monday:  

Jan. 8

Boyle Park

Jan. 22

Old Mill Park

Jan. 29

Redwood Glen

Grade 3 - Monday

Jan. 8

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Jan. 22

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Jan. 29

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Jan. 9

Panoramic trail to Muir Woods, 11:30 am

Jan. 16

Conservatory of flowers, Butterflies and Blooms, 11:30 am

Jan. 23

Learning paleotechnology, making Tule Mats @ Tennessee valley, 11:30

Jan. 30

Bird Study, Hawk Hill, 11:30

Grade 6  - Thursday

  Jan. 4             Sawing away, exploring forest succession @ Camino Alto, 11:30

Jan. 11

Mapping terrain, Marin Water District, 11:30

Jan. 18

Planting endemic species with OneTam, 11:30

Jan. 25

Engineering Catapults, Greenwood School, 11:30

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday

 Jan. 5              Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Jan. 12

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Jan 19

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Jan 26

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

December 2017

   Grades 1 & 2 - Monday

Dec. 4

Boyle Park

Dec. 11

Maasai Dance Assembly, Greenwood School, 9:00 am

Grade 3 - Monday

Dec. 4

Hike (NEST bus out of service)

Dec. 11

3rd Grade Garden, Petaluma (following the Maasai Dance Troupe Assembly)

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Dec. 5

Basket Weaving at Old Mill Park, 11:30 am

Dec. 12

Planting Endemic Species, Creekside, 11:30 am

NO NEST ON WEDNESDAYS

Grade 6  - Thursday

  Dec. 7            Bike Ride to Tennessee Valley, 11:30 am 

Dec. 14

Planting Endemic Species, Creekside, 11:30 am

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday

 Dec. 8            7th to Petaluma & 8th Grade Bike Ride to Spaulding, 10:30 am

Dec. 15

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

November 2017

Grades 1 & 2  - Monday

Nov. 6

Boyle Park

Nov. 13

Old Mill Park

Nov. 20

NO SCHOOL

Nov. 27

Redwood Glen

Grade 3 - Monday

Nov. 6

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Nov. 13

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Nov. 20

NO SCHOOL

Nov. 27

3rd grade Garden, Petaluma 9:00

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Nov. 7

Vikings of Bjornstadt, Greenwood School, 11:30 am

Nov. 14

Coast Miwok Village, Novato, 11:30 am

Nov. 21

NO SCHOOL

Nov. 28

Henry Allen Trail, Larkspur, 11:30 am

Grade 6  - Thursday 

Nov. 2

Nov. 9

Muir Beach, 11:30 am

Bothin Marsh exploration, Mill Valley, 11:30 am

Nov. 16

Physics at the Exploratorium, SF, 11:30 am

Nov. 23

NO SCHOOL

Nov. 30

Service Project Marin County Parks, 11:30 am

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday

Nov. 3

Nov. 10

Spaulding Boat Work & Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

Nov. 17

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Nov. 24

NO SCHOOL

October 2017

Oct. 2

Redwood Glen

Oct. 9

NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

Oct. 16

Old Mill Park

Oct. 23

Boyle Park

Oct. 30

Redwood Glen (1st Grade) / Dipsea Steps (2nd Grade)

Grade 3 - Monday

Oct. 2

3rd grade garden, Petaluma, 9:00

Oct. 9

NO SCHOOL - Columbus Day

Oct. 16

3rd grade garden, Petaluma, 9:00

Oct. 23

Pumpkin Patch, Petaluma, 9:45

Oct. 30

Fairfax- Lake Lagunitas hike, 10:30

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Oct. 3

East Peak & Old Railroad Grade, Mt. Tam, 11:30 am

Oct. 10

Navigation/Orientation Workshop, Ring Mountain, 11:30 am

Oct. 17

San Francisco Zoo, 11:30 am

Oct. 24

Wildcare, San Rafael, 11:30 am

Oct. 31

NO SCHOOL - Halloween

Grade 6  - Thursday

Oct. 5

Marin’s Rocks, Ring Mountain, 11:30 am

Oct. 12

Plate Tectonics, California Academy of Science, 11:30 am

Oct. 19

Redwood Landfill Tour, Novato, 11:30 am

Oct. 26

Rocks on the Move, Marin Headlands, 11:30 am

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday

Oct. 6

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Oct. 13

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Oct. 20

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Oct. 27

HARVEST FESTIVAL:  No NEST

August & September 2017

Grades 1 & 2  - Monday

Aug. 28

1st & 2nd Grade: Redwood Glen

Sep. 4

NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

Sep. 11

1st & 2nd Grade: Old Mill Park

Sep. 18

1st & 2nd Grade: Boyle Park

Sep. 25

1st Grade:  Old Mill Park,  2nd Grade:  Old Mill Park & Dipsea Steps

Grade 3 - Monday

Aug. 28

Building Seed Trays at school

Sep. 4

NO SCHOOL - Labor Day

Sep. 11

3rd grade garden, Petaluma 9:00

Sep. 18

3rd grade garden, Petaluma 9:00

Sep. 25

Gabriel Farm, Sebastopol 9:45

Grades 4 & 5  - Tuesday

Aug. 29

Kicking off the Year, Muir Beach, 11:30 am

Sep. 5 -

Mindfulness & Observation Skills, Green Gulch Farm, 11: 30 am

Sep. 12

Wildlife Study, Steep Ravine, 11:30 am

Sep. 19

Exploring Plants, Botanical Garden, SF, 11:30 am

Sep. 26

Farm Field Studies, Gospel Flats,  Early Departure

NO NEST ON WEDNESDAYS

Grade 6  - Thursday

Aug. 31

NEST Journaling Begins!  Green Gulch, 11:30 am

Sep. 7

Soil Erosion Study, Muir Beach, 11:30 am

Sep. 14

Orienteering with Mr. Schirm, 11:30 am

Sep. 21

Properties of Rocks & Minerals, Camino Alto, 11:30 am

Sep. 28

Work Service Day w/ Marin County Parks, 11:30 am

Grades 7 & 8  - Friday

Sep. 1

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Sep. 8

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Sep. 15

Outward Bound / Team Building, SF, 11:30 am

Sep. 22

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

Sep. 29

Spaulding Boat Work and Roberto’s Art Studio, 10:30 am

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2016/17 YEAR

May 2017

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

May 1

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade to Old Mill

May 8

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade Art @ Roberto’s, Petaluma

May 15

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade Art @ Roberto’s, Petaluma

May 22

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade Slide Ranch

May 29

NO SCHOOL  |  PARADE!

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

May 1

3rd Grade: Local Experience |  4th Grade:  TBD

May 8

Hawk Hill, Marin Headlands

May 15

Lake Lagunitas Trail, Fairfax, Leave at 10:35 AM

May 22

Marin Organics Farm Tour

May 29

NO SCHOOL  |  PARADE!

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

May 2

Plant Communities Hike, Mt. Tam

May 9

Reptiles!  Mt. Burdell, Novato

May 16

Picnic Lunch, Mill Valley

May 23

5th Grade Concert Practice

May 30

Nature’s Operating Instructions, Mountain Theater

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

May 3

Work Service Day, Glide Memorial Church, San Francisco

May 17

Picnic Lunch, Mill Valley

May 24

Creeks & Rivers Stewardship Project

May 31

SEL Leadership

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Each Thursday

8th grade NEST project (Spaulding Boat Building & Petaluma Art Project)

April 2017

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

APR. 3

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade Slide Ranch (@ 10:35)

APR. 17

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade to Old Mill

APR. 24

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade to Boyle Park

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

APR. 3

3rd Grade to Slide Ranch (@ 10:35) & 4th Grade Local Insect Hike (@ 11:25)

APR. 17

Miwok Games at Muir Beach

APR. 24

Adaptations!  Jays & Chickadees at Deer Park, departing at 10:30 AM

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

APR. 4

Shelter Building, Roys Redwoods

APR. 18

Plants by the Ocean, Rodeo Beach

APR. 25

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

APR. 5

7th Grade Camp, Angel Island & 6th Grade Independent Study (at School)

APR. 19

SEL Partnership, Tennessee Valley

APR. 26

Shelter Building, San Geronimo

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Each Thursday

8th grade NEST project (Spaulding Boat Building & Petaluma Art Project)

March 2017

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

Mar. 6

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade  to Boyle Park

Mar. 13

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade to Old Mill

Mar. 20

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade  to Boyle Park

Mar. 27

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade to Old Mill

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

Mar. 6

Poetry in Nature, Tennessee Valley

Mar. 13

Bivalve / Draper Farm Visit

Mar. 20

Planting Milkweed Seed for Monarch Highway, Mill Valley

Mar. 27

Bird Watching, Ring Mountain

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

Mar. 7

Planting Milkweed Seed for Monarch Highway, Mill Valley

Mar. 14

5th Grade Trip:  Jug Handle

Mar. 21

Ring Mountain Restoration

Mar. 28

Farm Trip, Marin Organics

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

Mar. 1

Matter & Energy Flow in Ecosystems, Cascade Canyon

Mar. 8

Nursery Day with Marin Parks, Lucas Valley

Mar. 15

Viewing Whale Migration, Muir Beach

Mar. 22

Clean Mill Valley Storm Drain Project

Mar. 29

Exploratorium, San Francisco

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Each Thursday

8th grade NEST project

February 2017

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

Feb. 9

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade to Old Mill

Feb. 13

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade  to Boyle Park

Feb. 27

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade to Old Mill

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

Feb. 6

3rd Grade at Greenwood & 4th Grade at Wildcare

Feb. 13

Slide Ranch

Feb. 27

Green Waste Farm, San Rafael

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

Feb. 7

Work service project with OneTam

Feb. 14

Transpiration Experiment at China Camp

Feb. 28

Three phases of matter, science experiments in nature!

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

Feb. 1

Shelter building in San Geronimo

Feb. 8

Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco

Feb. 15

Ecology on Mt. Tam

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Feb. 2

8th grade NEST projects (Hands On Art & Boat Building!)

Feb. 9

8th grade NEST projects (Hands On Art & Boat Building!)

Feb. 16

8th grade NEST projects (Hands On Art & Boat Building!)

January 2017

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

Jan. 9

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade  to Boyle Park

Jan. 23

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade to Old Mill

Jan. 30

1st Grade to Old Mill & 2nd Grade  to Boyle Park

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

Jan. 9

4th grade Coast Miwok Myths, Northern Marin/ 3rd grade Practical Arts

Jan. 23

Shelter Building Roy’s Redwoods

Jan. 30

Monarch Butterflies at Muir Beach

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

Jan. 3

The Many Gifts of SF Bay, Dawn Springs Trail

Jan. 10

Creation Myths of Coast Miwoks, Horse Hill

Jan. 17

Native Plants Investigation, Camino Open Space

Jan. 24

Botanical Gardens, San Francisco

Jan. 31

Waters Great Adventure!  Phoenix Lake

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

Jan. 4

Tree Succession Study, Mt. Tam

Jan. 11

Terrestrial Environments, Horse Hill

Jan. 18

Bay Model (indoors NEST day due to rain)

Jan. 25

Rainfall & The Forest, GGNRA

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Jan. 5

Documentary Viewing: Sea Level Rise, MV Outdoor Art Club

Jan. 12

Behavioral & Physical Adaptations, Marin Headlands

Jan. 19

Ecological Succession, Corte Madera Creek

Jan. 26

Ecology Graduation Day!  GGNRA

December 2016

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

Dec. 5

1st Grade to Old Mill Park & 2nd Grade to Boyle Park

Dec. 12

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade  to Old Mill Park

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

Dec. 5

Cancelled

Dec. 12

3rd Grade, Fiber Arts   4th Grade, CalAcademy Cephalopod Extravaganza!

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

Dec. 6

Tennessee Valley: Geographical Features of the Bay Area

Dec. 13

Dawn Springs Trail:  Local Watershed Study

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

Dec. 7

Horse Hill, Solar System Walk

Dec. 14

The Universe Within, connecting the Cosmos & our Bodies

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Dec. 1

Ring Mt., Your Inner Fish, Our Bodies & the Legacy of Ancient Fish

Dec. 8

The Lighthouse San Francisco, Community Action Project

Dec. 15

Dipsea Trail Hike to Stinson Beach (Bring Hiking Shoes & Water)

November 2016

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

Nov. 7

1st Grade to Boyle Park & 2nd Grade  to Old Mill Park

Nov. 14

1st Grade to Old Mill Park & 2nd Grade to Redwood Glen

Nov. 21

NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

Nov. 28

1st Grade to Redwood Glen & & 2nd Grade to Boyle Park

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

Nov. 7

The Zoo!

Nov. 14

Tennessee Valley

Nov. 21

NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

Nov. 28

3rd Grade Dyeing Project / 4th Grade Animal Rescue

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

Nov. 8

Exploring Fungi, Ferns & Lichen, Tennessee Valley, 11:30

Nov. 15

Visit Slide Ranch

Nov. 22

NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

Nov. 29

Service Learning Project with One Tam, Marin Watershed, 11:30

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

Nov. 2

Trail Building, Camino Alto Trail, 11:30

Nov. 9

Geology of the Bay, Marin Headlands, 11:30

Nov. 16

“You’re the Boss!” Resource Mgmt & Business Math in Nature

Nov. 23

NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

Nov. 30

North American Geography & Landforms, 11:30

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Nov. 3

Trail Building, Camino Alto Trail, 11:30

Nov. 10

Understanding Causality, Mount Tam, 11:30

Nov. 17

Service Learning Project with One Tam, Marin Watershed, 11:30

Nov. 24

NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

October 2016

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

Oct. 3

Redwood Glen: Play and Observation of Nature Activities

Oct. 10

Old Mill Park

Oct. 17

NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

Oct. 24

Nicasio Pumpkin Patch

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

Oct. 3

Elizabeth Terwilliger Grove, 11:30

Oct. 10

Indigenous Peoples Day: Celebrating the Coast Miwok, Novato

Oct. 17

NO SCHOOL (Holiday)

Oct. 24

Open Field Farms

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

Oct. 4

Goodman’s Marsh Clean-Up Community Action Project

Oct. 11

Stream Study:  Gallinas Creek Watershed

Oct. 18

Interdependence & Sustainability Study:  Marin Headlands

Oct. 25

Slide Ranch (departing early at 10:30 AM)

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

Oct. 5

Goodman’s Marsh Clean-Up Community Action Project

Oct. 12

Slide Ranch (departing early at 11 AM)

Oct. 19

6th: California Academy Field Trip |  7th: Orienteering, Bon Tempe

Oct. 26

Introduction to Ecology:  Lake Lagunitas

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Oct. 6

Goodman’s Marsh Clean-Up Community Action Project

Oct. 13

Exploring Biodiversity: China Camp State Park

Oct. 20

Introduction to Ecology & Systems of Sustainability

Oct. 27

Autumn Celebration & Pumpkin Carving

September 2016

Grades 1 & 2 - Mondays

Sep. 5

NO SCHOOL - Holiday

Sep. 12

Redwood Glen: Play and Observation of Nature Activities

Sep. 17

Boyle Park: Play and Observation of Nature Activities

Sep. 26

Miller Park:  Play and Observation of Nature Activities

Grade 3 & 4  - Mondays

Sep. 5

NO SCHOOL - Holiday

Sep. 12

Rock Springs Nature Hike, 11:30

Sep. 17

Gabriel Farms, 11:30

Sep. 26

Lady Bug Trail, Larkspur, 11:30

Grade 5 - Tuesdays

Sep. 6

Nature Scene Investigation at Rock Springs, 11:30

Sep. 13

San Francisco Zen Center, 11:30

Sep. 20

Nature Hike at Tennessee Valley, 11:30

Sep. 27

Observations in Nature: engaging our senses at Ladybug Trail, 11:30

Grades 6 & 7 - Wednesdays

Sep. 7

Intro to SF Bay Geography at Rock Springs, 11:30

Sep. 14

The mystery of the decomposing log! At LadyBug Trail, 11:30

Sep. 21

Community Action Project Kick-Off, 11:30

Sep. 28

Special NEST  :  Muir Woods

Grade 8 - Thursdays

Sep. 1

Special NEST trip to SYNERGIA

Sep. 8

Project: Using the Methods and Tools of Science at Rock Springs, 11:30

Sep. 15

Project: Using the Methods and Tools of Science at Muir Beach, 11:30

Sep. 22

Community Action Project Kick-Off, 11:30

Sep. 29

Muir Woods Walk