The curricular focus of each FIELDGUIDES program is influenced by the specific requests of each classroom teacher, and can include any of the concepts in our curriculum info guide. In general, our academic instruction and activities are aligned with California State Standards in Science, History-Social Science, and Common Core. We also promote "environmental literacy" as described in the No Child Left Inside Act.
We are happy to incorporate a Service Learning element into any program plan. Ultimately we hope to foster a sense of stewardship for the Earth in the people we serve. Our exploration of conservation practices give students a chance to learn about and experience the changes we can make first hand.
We have developed a fun, recreational style of teaching that targets what we are now learning about nature deficit disorder, and theAttention Restoration Theory. We believe spending time in the natural world provides an unparalleled boost to brain function, so browse through the Photo Gallery below to get an idea of the various teaching formats the fieldguides use. These 30 year old methods have recently appeared as best teaching practices for advancement in STEM learning by encompassing the three dimensional approach described by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). * Field science interpretation and using scientific methods * Experiential learning * Exploratory hiking * Small group activities that encourage detailed observation, foster curiosity,teach ecological concepts through games, and require whole group cooperation and collaboration.
Visit our Popular Programs page to learn details about each program's daily schedule of activities.