The program takes place along the Pescadero Coastline and inland at Memorial County Park.(Memorial Park is under construction for 2020, similar programs are still available). The location along the Pacific Ocean makes it an excellent option with easy access for schools from both the Greater Bay Area and Santa Cruz County. The program covers content about coastal environments as well as redwood forests and waterways.
Students enjoy time at Pescadero State Beach and the nearby estuary to start the program. It is an ideal place to study estuarine ecosystems and the important role they play in the lives of both marine and fresh water life. It can also serve as a time for a service learning activity such as a watershed cleanup, allowing students to get involved and see what type of impacts they can have on the environment.
From the coast the program moves inland to the redwoods of Memorial County Park. The park offers miles of trails for extensive exploration of the redwood ecosystem and special niches found only amongst its unique soils. Pescadero creek runs through the park and during the spring serves as a window into the spawning and the lives of steelhead trout. Both Pescadero creek and the estuary from the first day allow for in depth discussion of waterways and their progression and importance in the connection between inland and coastal and marine life.
School arriving at Memorial County Park.
Steelhead in Pescadero Creek.
Students in an old redwood.
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