Classroom Programs for
1st-12th Grade Students
Wetlands Wagon is an environmental education program where the nature and science of the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area is brought into 1st – 12th grade classrooms. This program is an extension of our Discover the Flyway field trip program. The field trip has been modified for the classroom, conveniently bringing the wetlands indoors. The program’s goal is to provide environmental education to youth on the importance of the Wildlife Area’s wetland habitat for wildlife, flood protection, water quality, agriculture, and environmental health. The program promotes conservation, environmental stewardship, and healthy outdoor activities.
The program is a partnership between Yolo Basin Foundation and California Department of Fish and Wildlife. It is supported by the Teichert Foundation. Since 1997, over 60,000 students have experienced a program with us, and we aspire to reach more.
1st – 2nd
|1 hour||Wetland Pond
|What Can I Eat
with This Beak
|1.5 hours in-class
2 hour field day
|Water Quality Test
Wetland Pond Study Activity (1st-5th)
Students collect water samples with live aquatic invertebrates to view, identify, and record. They discover how these animals survive: their diet, movement, adaptations, interactions within the environment, life cycles, and tolerance levels to pollution.
Salmon Senses Activity (1st-2nd)
Students become fish, specifically, salmon, immersing themselves in a salmon’s life cycle and finding their way back to their birth river to continue this cycle. They explore the habitat and water quality needs for salmon survival.
What Can I Eat with This Beak? Activity (3rd-5th)
Students research wetland bird biodiversity through two hands-on activities and record their findings about bird beaks and diet. They become wetland birds by using various props as beaks to “feed” on “wetland animals and plants” in and near a mock pond, experiencing co-existence and learning how water quality impacts bird biodiversity.
Water Quality Program (6th-12th)
Students discover threats to our water systems and the scientific tools and methods which are used to determine the health of our water. Students work in small groups to test water samples from the Yolo Basin Foundation’s wetland ponds, recording pH, dissolved oxygen, temperature, oxidation reduction potential, conductivity, total dissolved solids, salinity, and turbidity. Classes have the option to participate in a local field trip to test water in the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area, contributing to real scientific data. (Please specify in the reservation if you would like to schedule a field day and how many. See “Field Day” pricing below.)
- Wetlands Wagon Classroom Programs are offered every Wednesday, September through May.
- Programs are 1 hour to 1.5 hours in length (see table above).
- Teachers are required to lead the second station. Teachers will be prepared ahead of time, provided with the activity’s script/write-up and prompts on materials.
- We can accommodate 1-3 of the same program per date.
- Due to program materials and set-up, the program needs to be set-up in one location on the school campus, where students are walked to the program location from their home room. This could be in one classroom location, the auditorium, library, or an outside field/area. All outside or one station inside and one outside are good options.
- A 15 minute re-set time is required between programs.
- Maximum number of students per program is one class size (approx.35 students).
- Minimum number of students per program is 10.
Acceptable forms of payment are cash or check due on the day of the program(s).
|# Programs (classes)||Program Fees|
quality field trip
Program Terms and Conditions
Before making a Reservation Request, please CLICK HERE to review the Program Terms and Conditions.
To Register, Select a program date below.
Upon date selection, an email will be sent to you with the registration survey request form required to complete your reservation. Thank you!
For Spring 2019:
Wild About Wetlands Kits
To prepare students for their program, Wild About Wetlands Kits are available to teachers with a Wetlands Wagon or Discover the Flyway reservation. Kits include activities and lessons with all materials provided. Teachers can check out kits FOR TWO WEEKS before or after their program date for pre-program or post-program use. Teachers must pick up and return kits at the Yolo Basin Foundation office. To reserve a kit, email Corky Quirk at email@example.com.