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Park NameTour SubjectTour TypeMost Applicable ToOther Grades/GroupsGroup SizeTour LengthAvailabilityAdditional Teacher ResponsibilitiesDonations/FeesAccessibilityParkingPicnic AreaRestroomsDrinking WaterNGSS StandardsHistory - Social Science FrameworkBrochureWebsiteReservation Form
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Año Nuevo State ParkWinter Elephant Seal WalkModerate to long walk; students should be prepared to hike on dirt trails and in deep sand4th - 12th gradeOnly for 4th grade and up22 people maximum per group; 100 students per day limit2.5 hoursMid-December - mid-MarchSee Teacher's GuideFee: $21 per group of 22Seal viewing available with Equal Acess ProgramFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleIn developmentN/AAño Nuevo State Park Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1112ReserveCalifornia
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Spring Elephant Seal WalkModerate to long walk; students should be prepared to hike on dirt trails and in deep sand 1st - 12th gradeAny, by prior arrangement22 people maximum per group; 1 adult per 10 students; 80 students per day limit2.5 hoursApril - MaySee Teacher's GuideNoneSeal viewing available with Equal Acess ProgramFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleIn developmentN/AAño Nuevo State Park Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=1112Spring Walk Request Form
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Bean Hollow State BeachGeology of the Rocky ShoreShort walk down to beach; students should be prepared to hike on unstable ground2nd - 5th grade2nd- 5th grade100 students maximum2.5 - 3 hoursYear roundSee Teacher's GuideNoneNon-ADA trailFree with reservationNoOn Site, not ADA accessibleNone on siteESS1.C, ESS2.A, ESS2.B, ESS3.BN/ASan Mateo Coast State Beaches Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=527Group Request Form
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Big Basin Redwood State ParkRedwood Forest EcosystemShort to moderate walk3rd - 6th gradeAny, by prior arrangement15 students per group; 1 adult per 15 students; 100 students per day limit1 - 3 hoursYear roundNoneNoneVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleLS1.A, LS1.B, LS1.C, LS2.A, LS2.B, LS3.A, LS3.B, LS4.C, ESS3.A, ESS3.CN/ABig Basin Redwoods State Park Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=540Program Request Form
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Castle Rock State ParkGeology of Castle Rock LoopShort to moderate walk with activities3rd - 5th grade Any, by prior arrangement60 students maximum per group2 hoursYear roundNoneNoneNon-ADA TrailFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleNone on site2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-1, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1N/ACastle Rock State Park Brochure https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=538 Program Request Form
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Castro Adobe State Historic ParkLife on Rancho San Andres and History of the Castros and their AdobeShort walk, "work" activities, and adobe house tour3rd - 4th grade3rd grade to college35 students maximum with 3 adults minimum per group2 hoursYear roundSupervising activity rotation stationsNoneADA parking space, wheelchair electric lift to adobe's 2nd floor, ADA pathways around adobeFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessible No public fountains; park staff provide drinking water during programN/A3.1.1, 3.2.1, 3.3.3, 3.4.3, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 4.2.3, 4.2.5, 4.2.7, 4.2.8, 4.3.5N/Ahttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22271Class Visit Request Form
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The Forest of Nisene Marks State ParkLanguage of the ForestModerate walk with hands-on activities3rd grade and upAny, by prior arrangement1 class or 30 students maximumUp to 2 hoursOctober - May (Not available in December or January)NoneNoneADA trail on requestFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleNone on site3-LS1-1, LS1.B, LS2.D, LS3.B, 3-LS4-2
3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-1, LS4.D, 4-PS3-4
4-ESS1-1, 4-LS1-1, 4-LS1-2, ESS3.B, ESS3.A
3.3, 3.5, 3.1 The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=666Class Visit Request Form
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Half Moon Bay State BeachBird Watching WalkShort walk with hands-on activities3rd - 6th gradeOnly for 3rd grade and up60 students maximum per group
2.5 - 3 hoursYear roundNoneNoneVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1,1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1N/AHalf Moon Bay State Beach Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531Group Request Form
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Sandy Beach Habitat - Beach Scavenger Hunt with Sand Activity Short walk with hands-on activities1st - 6th gradeAny, by prior arrangement60 students maximum per group2.5 - 3 hoursYear roundNoneNoneVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-ESS3-3, 1-LS1-2, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 2-PS1-1, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS1-3, 5-ESS2-1 N/AHalf Moon Bay State Beach Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531Group Request Form
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Marine Mammals and Outdoor StewardshipShort walk with hands-on activitiesK - 6th gradeAny, by prior arrangement60 students maximum per group2.5 - 3 hoursYear roundNoneNoneVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS2-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-ESS3-1N/AHalf Moon Bay State Beach Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=531Group Request Form
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Henry Cowell Redwoods State ParkOld Growth Redwood Loop TourShort to moderate walk with activitiesK - 12th gradeAny, by prior arrangement60 students maximum; more by special arrangement1 - 2 hoursYear roundNoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personFully accessibleFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1, 1-LS3-1, 2-PS1-2, 2LS2-1, 2-LS4-1, 4-LS1-1, MS-LS1-6, MS-LS4-4, HS-LS2-7N/AHenry Cowell Redwoods State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=546Program Request Form
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Self-guided TourYear roundSuggested donation: $1.00 per personVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleADA accessible
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Montara State BeachMontara Mountain Plant WalkModerate walk3rd - 6th gradeAny, by prior arrangement35 people maximum, including students and adults1.5 - 2 hoursYear roundNoneNoneVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, not ADA accessibleNot on siteK-ESS2-2, K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-2, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-ESS3-1N/ASan Mateo Coast State Beaches Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=532Group Request Form
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Self-guided TourYear roundNoneVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, not ADA accessibleNot on siteGroup Request Form
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Natural Bridges State BeachMonarch TourShort walk with indoor activitiesK - 12th gradeAny, by prior arrangement10-35 people maximum, including students and adults. 1 hourMid-October - Mid-FebruaryNoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personFully accessibleFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-LS1, K-ESS3, 1-LS1 A,B,C, 1-LS3-1, 2-LS2, 2-LS4, 3-ESS2, 3-ESS3, 3-LS1, 3-LS4, 4-LS1, 5-PS3, MS-LS1-4, ESS3-3, HS LS2-7, HS-ESS3-4N/ANatural Bridges State Beach Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=541School Group Reservation Form
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Nature WalkShort walk with indoor activities3rd - 4th gradeAny, by prior arrangement10-35 people maximum, including students and adults. 1.5 hoursYear roundNoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessible3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1
N/ANatural Bridges State Beach Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=541School Group Reservation Form
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Tidepool TourModerate walk with indoor activities1st - 4th grade1st grade and up by prior arrangement10-35 people maximum, including students and adults. 1.5 hoursMarch 1 - July 30NoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personLimited accessibilityFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, MS-LS1-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS3-2, HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-4, HS-LS1-5N/ANatural Bridges State Beach Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=541School Group Reservation Form
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Self-guided TourYear roundSuggested donation: $1.00 per personVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleNatural Bridges State Beach Brochurehttp://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=541School Group Reservation Form
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Pescadero State BeachPescadero Marsh WildlifeModerate walkAny, best for 4th grade and upBest suited for older students35 people maximum, including students and adults2.5 hoursYear roundNoneNoneLimited accessibilityFree with reservationNoOn site, ADA accessibleNot on siteK-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-3, K-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 2-PS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1, 5-LS2-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-ESS2-1, 5-ESS3-1N/ASan Mateo Coast State Beaches Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=522Group Request Form
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Self-guided TourYear roundNoneLimited accessibilityFree with reservationNoOn site, ADA accessibeNot on siteSan Mateo Coast State Beaches Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=522 Group Request Form
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PORTS Distance LearningElephant SealsVideoconference6th - 8th; 3rd - 4th grade K-12, by prior arrangement1 class per program recommended0.5 - 1 hourSeptember - MayHelp facilitate with classroom managmentNoneAccessible, please give advanced notice for special needsN/AN/AN/AN/AMS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-LS2-5, MS-LS4-2, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS4-6, HS-ESS3-4 N/APORTS Brochurehttp://ports.parks.ca.gov/Scheduling Request Form
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Monarch ButterfliesVideoconference1st - 3rd gradeK-12, by prior arrangement1 class per program recommended0.5 - 1 hourSeptember - MayHelp facilitate with classroom managmentNoneAccessible, please give advanced notice for special needsN/AN/AN/AN/A1-LS3-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-3N/APORTS Brochurehttp://ports.parks.ca.gov/Scheduling Request Form
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What is a Mammal? VideoconferenceK - 2nd gradeK-12, by prior arrangement1 class per program recommended0.5 hourSeptember - MayHelp facilitate with classroom managmentNoneAccessible, please give advanced notice for special needsN/AN/AN/AN/AK-LS1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 2-PS1-1N/APORTS Brochurehttp://ports.parks.ca.gov/Scheduling Request Form
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Rancho Del Oso -
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Nature and History WalkShort to moderate hikeAny grade/groupK-12, by prior arrangement1 class/25 students recommended, 26-50 students by special arrangement3 hoursYear roundNoneDonation-basedVaries, please inquireFreeYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1, 2-LS4-1, 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-3, 4-LS1-1, 5-PS3-1, 5-LS2-1, MS-LS1-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS3-2, HS-LS1-2, HS-LS1-4, HS-LS1-5N/ABig Basin Redwoods State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=863Program Request Form
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Santa Cruz Mission State Historic ParkMission DayEnvironmental Studies Day program4th grade3rd grade and up, by prior arrangement1 class/35 maximum4 hoursSeptember 15 - June 15Chaperone recruitment and expectations. Bring some materials.Suggested donation: $1.00 - $5.00 per personFully accessibleADA on site, all others 1 block awayYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleN/AHSS 4.1.4, 4.1.5 4.2.1, 4.2.3, 4.2.5, 4.2.6Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=548Program Request Form
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Native Ohlone LifewaysDemonstrations and hands-on activities3rd grade2nd grade and up, by prior arrangement1 class1.5 hoursSeptember 15 - June 15NoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personFully accessibleADA on site, all others 1 block awayYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleN/AHSS 3.1.2, 3.2.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.3, 3.2.4Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=548Program Request Form
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Seacliff State BeachFossil, Floating, and Fauna WalkModerate walk with indoor activities2nd - 4th gradeAny, by prior arrangement2 classes or 60 students maximum2 hoursOctober - May (Not available in December or January)NoneNoneFully accessibleFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-2-ETS1-3, 2-PS1-1, 2-PS1-2, 2-LS4-1, 2-ESS1-1, 2-ESS2-2, 3-LS4-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3, 4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 4-ESS2-2N/ASeacliff and New Brighton State Beaches Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=543Class Visit Request Form
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Sanctuary WalkModerate walk with indoor activitiesK - 1st gradeOnly suitable for young students1 class or 30 students maximumUp to 1.5 hours October - May (Not available in December or January)NoneNoneBeach wheelchair availableFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-2-ETS1-1, K-2-ETS1-2, K-LS1-1, K-ESS3-1, K-ESS3-3, 2-LS4-1, 2-LS2-1N/ASeacliff and New Brighton State Beaches Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=543Class Visit Request Form
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Wilder Ranch State ParkFarm Animal TourShort to moderate walk with activitiesPreschool - 2nd gradeOnly suitable for young students10 - 35 people (including adults)0.5 - 1 hourYear roundNoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personFully accessibleFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleK-LS1-1, K-ESS2-2, K-ESS3-1, 1-LS1-1, 1-LS1-2, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-2, 5-PS3-1 K.6, K.3, 1.3, 1.4, 2.1, 2.4Wilder Ranch State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29254Fall School Tour Application
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Nature WalkModerate walk3rd grade and upAny, by prior arrangement10 - 35 people (including adults)1.5 hoursYear roundNoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personVaries, please inquireFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessible3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 4-LS1-1,4-ESS1-1, 4-ESS2-1, 5-LS1-1, 5-ESS2-1, MS-LS1-5, MS-LS2-1, MS-LS2-2, MS-LS2-4, MS-ESS1-4, MS-ESS2-2, MS-ESS2-3, MS-ESS3-3N/AWilder Ranch State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29254Spring School Tour Application
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Ranch Kids DayEnvironmental Studies Day program3rd gradeOnly for 3rd gradeup to 60 students (two classes)4.5 hoursSeptember - JuneSee RKD Teacher's Guide$3 per student; wagon rides additonal $10 per studentLimited accessibilityFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleN/A3.2.2, 3.2.4, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.5.1Wilder Ranch State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29901RKD Application
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Ranch TourBuilding tour with hands-on activities2nd - 5th gradeOnly for 2nd grade and up10 - 35 people (including adults)1 hourYear roundNoneSuggested donation: $1.00 per personFully accessibleFree with reservationYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleN/A2.4.1, 3.2.2, 3.2.4, 3.3.1, 3.3.2, 3.3.3, 3.5.1, 4.2.1, 4.2.5, 4.2.6, 4.2.6, 4.2.7, 4.2.8, 4.3.2, 4.4.2, 4.4.3Wilder Ranch State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=29254Ranch Tour Application
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Self-guided Tour (no building access)Year roundSuggested donation: $1.00 per personVaries, please inquire$10 per carYesOn site, ADA accessibleOn site, ADA accessibleWilder Ranch State Park Brochurehttps://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=549
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