|Service Area:||San Francisco, Marin, Sonoma (southern area), Alameda and Contra Costa (north - western area) counties|
|Grades:||Fall Season: 5th grade and 4/5th grade combination classes|
|Spring Season: 4th grade and 4/5th grade combination classes, with a small amount of space for 3rd grade classes|
|Special Day Classes: 3rd-8th grades|
|Time:||1.5-hour classroom visit and 3-hour hike at preserve|
|When:||Fall and spring seasons|
|Student to Docent Ratio:||6 students:1 docent|
||Bus scholarships are available to alleviate the cost of transportation to the preserve. If you were accepted for the fall 2019 season, click here to apply for a bus scholarship.|
About our Program:
At the preserve's magnificent 1,000-acre classroom overlooking the Bolinas Lagoon and Pacific Ocean, students are given an education-based, nature experience guided by our trained volunteer-docents who facilitate inquiry and investigation. The docents model curiosity, which leads the students to mine their intelligence, senses, and experience as they ask questions and propose answers based on their observations. Through our field trips, we hope to instill a sense of wonder and a desire to continue exploring.
In the spring students may see Great Egrets, newts, dragonflies, pond creatures and banana slugs. In the fall students may see spiders making webs and nests or sunning lizards. Any time of year, the coastal views are awe-inspiring.
It was truly amazing how detail oriented the students were in describing their observations of everything and retelling the stories they'd been told. They loved catching the newts. - Fourth grade teacher, San Francisco
Special Day Classes
We are pleased to announce our 4th year of field trips for special day classes at the Martin Griffin Preserve. Our special day program materials are tailored from ACR’s full-length classroom program and are appropriate for children in special day classes, who are ambulatory with mild to moderate disabilities. You can find the application for special day classes below. While our school program focuses on third, fourth and fifth grade students, the special education program for special day classes welcomes students from third - eighth grades. Please contact email@example.com if you have questions regarding your grade level.
About our Educators:
Docents of the Martin Griffin Preserve are devoted, enthusiastic nature-lovers who wish to help connect school children with the magic and mystery of the natural world. Docents bring nature into classrooms and guide children in exploring the wonders of our preserves.
ACR’s rigorous training program gives docent volunteers a firm grounding in local natural history and the ability to recognize and capitalize on teachable moments. Docents receive 24 weeks of core training in natural history, ecology and nature interpretation for children. Classes are taught by experts and run by experienced docents.
The application period for our fall 2019 program season is now closed. Please return in late fall for our Spring 2019 application period. If you wish to be added to our teacher contact list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, school and grade level.
Questions? Contact the Martin Griffin Preserve Education Team.
To share this program with other teachers, please free to distribute our fall 2019 teacher letters: