Get outside! That's where the learning starts.
At Sequoia Riverlands Trust we strive to help the youth of our community understand the importance of their home in the Central Valley. It is within our nature to seek a sense of place and belonging – a home to care for. We believe that it is not possible to care for what you do not understand. As educators, we play a most vital role in this respect: To educate the future leaders of our community through activating their curiosity, knowledge, and wisdom, all of which connects students to their community for a lifetime. SRT partners with teachers to provide a special type of comprehensive learning, both indoors and outside – but mostly outdoors! Our Outdoors Education programs are designed to supplement educational curriculum with hands-on understanding, transforming learning into an unforgettable experience.
Students grades K-12, ecology clubs, and adults can all gain understand of the amazing world around us through SRT programs. Whether in-class or on one of our nature preserves, SRT can begin an amazing journey into outdoors education for learners of any age. Options include:
Field trips are designed to bring each student back to the natural world while participating in hands-on learning with curriculum that follows California's Common Core standards in Math, Science, Writing and History/Social Studies. Our goal is to bring each student back into the natural world where they are introduced to the habitat and wildlife right in their own back yard. Currently we offer field trips to both our Dry Creek and Kaweah Oaks preserves.
In-class programs bring nature into the classroom- guaranteed to make learning FUN!
After-school programs in conjunction with groups like the Boys & Girls Club, Pro-Youth HEART and Choices, can reinforce classroom learning with fun activities on-site and at our preserves.
Project-Based Learning opportunities are designed to teach your students about applying their learning within any number of community stewardship projects - both ongoing and customized.
Private preserve tours for education groups and organizations, to learn more about our region’s ecology and history. Our instructors will guide your group through the natural areas while leading activities suited to your preferred subject matter, and teach about the history and importance of protecting our open spaces and natural resources.
Monthly walks/talks are free and open to the public, and cover a variety of topics including night hikes, wildlife, plant restoration, bird walks, gall walks, scat walks, and astronomy.