Learning Activities for K – 12th Grade Students
Virtual Discover the Flyway is a collection of live and recorded environmental learning activities based on Yolo Basin Foundation’s outdoor education program. Its goal is to offer students a meaningful experience that will give them a real connection to the wetlands, agriculture, and wildlife of the Central Valley during a time of distance learning.
Follow theses links to see the correlation of the California’s Next Generation Science Standards and History and Social Science Framework in Discover the Flyway’s virtual activities.
The program is a partnership between Yolo Basin Foundation and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Since 1997, over 70,000 students from both public and private schools in the Sacramento region have experienced a Discover the Flyway field trip. Starting in the 2020-21 school year, Discover the Flyway will extend its reach by providing virtual opportunities.
The Virtual Discover the Flyway learning activities will be available in two formats, live and recorded. Live activities are available with and without hands-on material requirements.
Live, Virtual Learning Activities:
- Available Tuesday through Thursday, September through May
- Three learning activity time slots available per day
- Reserve learning activities per day, week, or month
- $75 per class for first learning activity; second and all subsequent learning activities are $50 each per class
- Maximum of one class to participate in each learning activity
- Hands-on materials required for certain activities (see below for details)
- Tuition assistance is available for Title I schools. Contact Heidi Satter, email@example.com, for more information.
Live, Virtual Science Learning Activities:
Tracks, Scat and Signs (1st – 6th)
Feathered Friends (K – 2nd)
Owl Pellets (4th – 12th) *hands-on materials required/strongly recommended
Un-Nature Trail (K – 2nd)
Leaf Identification (K – 2nd) *hands-on materials required
Wetland Plant ID (3rd – 12th) *hands-on materials required
Sinking into Soil (K – 1st) *hands-on materials required
The Great Percolation Race (2nd – 12th) *hands-on materials required
Wetland Pond Study (K – 12th)
Wildlife Area Tour
Tours available for K – 12th
Live, Virtual Social Studies Activities:
Patwin Life (3rd)
Autumn: Acorn Season
Summer: Tule Cordage *hands-on materials required
*Learning Activities with Hands-on Materials Required
To increase engagement and success, several of Discover the Flyway’s live, virtual learning activities require hands-on materials. Click here for a required materials list by learning activity. Materials for each student are provided by Yolo Basin Foundation at no additional charge with the exception of owl pellets. Owl pellets are an additional $2.00 per student. Pick-up of hands-on materials must be scheduled in advance. (Delivery to the teacher or a representative within a fifteen-mile radius of Yolo Basin Foundation is possible.)
Recorded Learning Activities:
These learning stations are recorded versions of some of Discover the Flyway’s favorite science activities. The videos are approximately 15-20 minutes each and can be watched as a class remotely or independently by students at any time. Recorded Discover the Flyway Learning Activities are available for viewing through May 31, 2021.
- Rental: $10/activity – Accessible until May 31, 2021
Recorded Science Learning Activities:
Wild About Wetlands Kits
Wild About Wetlands Kits are available to teachers to prepare students for their Discover the Flyway program or to supplement wetland education. Kits include activities and lessons with all materials provided. Teachers or other youth leaders can check out kits FOR TWO WEEKS.
We are also revising some of the activities to a virtual platform. Here is an example http://yolobasin.org/whoseskullisit/
Teachers must pick up and return kits at the Yolo Basin Foundation office. To reserve a kit, email Corky Quirk at firstname.lastname@example.org.