Coastal programs allow classes to study the ecology of some of the world's most diverse and beautiful outdoor environments. Fieldguides teach about Native American Ohlone and Miwok history, as well as ocean, tide pool, and beach ecology and redwood forest ecosystems. An ethic of conservation and stewardship is integrated into all we do.
A Sample Schedule for a 5 day program: Day 1 11:00a.m. -1:00 p.m. Students arrive at campsite and are divided into study groups. 1-4:00 p.m. ORIENTATION HIKES - boundaries, get acquainted, cooperative games, expectations for the week, skits for campfire planned. 4:00 p.m. All class meeting for GROUP SHARING of the day's experiences. Talk about camp life and the rules. Sleeping gear is set out. Followed by free time: Wiffle-ball, frisbee, reading, drawing, campfire prep, etc. Some students and chaperones help prepare dinner. 6:30 p.m. Dinner served, followed by cleanup and free time. 7:45 p.m. CAMPFIRE-songs, skits and stories led by FIELDGUIDES' staff and students. 8:45 p.m. Campfire ends, prepare for bed. All quiet by 10 p.m..
Day 2 7:00-7:30 a.m. Everyone up. 8:00 a.m. Breakfast and cleanup. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. LEADER'S CHOICE - Usually a hike through one or more natural communities: pygmy forest, redwoods, stream side, coastal strand, marsh, beach or tide pools. Our leaders use a combination of mini-lessons, hands-on exploration and nature games to teach about plant and animal adaptations, geology, soils, ecology, natural cycles, and resources/conservation. 2:30 p.m. TREASURE HUNT - All class map making game. 4:00 p.m. GROUP SHARING, followed by free time. 6:30 p.m. Dinner and cleanup 8:00 p.m. NIGHT HIKES in study groups
Tide pool ladder transect.
Day 3 7:00-7:30 a.m. Everyone up. Breakfast and cleanup complete by 9 a.m.. 9:30 a.m. Entire class to tidepools for a "LADDER TRANSECT"; students work in pairs to document all life in a 2'x 2' square. 10:45 a.m. LEADER'S CHOICE (see above) with lunch on the trail. 4:00 p.m. GROUP SHARING, followed by free time. 6:30 p.m. Dinner - followed by free time. 8:15 p.m. Study groups meet for STARGAZING.
Beach barbeque and campfire.
Day 4 7:00-7:30 a.m. Everyone up. Breakfast and cleanup complete by 9 a.m.. 9:30 a.m. LAND MANAGEMENT GAME - The class is divided into special interest groups to plan and debate land use proposals for local property. 11:45 a.m. Lunch in camp. 12:30 p.m. Large scale mural is drawn by students to recreate the ladder transect. 1:30 p.m. SCAVENGER HUNT for items learned about during the week. 3:00 p.m. SAND SCULPTURE CONTEST. Followed by barbecue on the beach. 7:45 p.m. CAMPFIRE.
A fond farewell.
Day 5 7:00 a.m. Everyone up - pack gear. 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 9:30 a.m. All camp cleanup. 10:00 a.m. Study groups meet to evaluate, do a final activity, and say goodbyes. 11:00 a.m.- Noon. Bus arrives and students depart.
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