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School Programs/Nature Center Field Trips

The Chula Vista Nature Center's mission includes educating people of all ages about the importance of coastal resources in Southern California. We are proud of the partnerships and educational programs we have cultivated which help to achieve this goal.

Chula Vista Elementary School District

The Chula Vista Elementary School District funds a full-time Science Resource Teacher who works closely with the Nature Center staff to provide environmental education programs which are integrated in their science and social studies curricula. This teacher works with over 5,000 CVESD students each year. If you are a CVESD teacher, call (619) 476-7836 for information about scheduling a field trip.

Other School Districts/Groups

Call (619) 409-5900 for information about the following programs and field trips:

Other schools and youth groups may schedule field trips to the Chula Vista Nature Center after the leader participates in a 2-hour Field Trip Orientation Workshop (a teacher training program) held monthly at the Center to gain familiarity with the Nature Center and the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. During these field trips, Nature Center docents are available to guide students around the Center and grounds where they learn about the importance of watersheds, wetlands and other coastal resources.

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All groups need a reservation and are limited to 30 children at a time. Groups of 8 or less can be admitted without taking the Field Trip Orientation Workshop, but they do need to make a reservation for the day they plan to visit. Materials to use during the visit will be provided by mail in advance of your visit.

Sweetwater Safari

In partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Chevron, and the San Diego Zoo, a backpack program called Sweetwater Safari is offered to teachers who have already brought students to the Nature Center. In this hands-on program, students take backpacks containing binoculars, mini-microscopes, and other materials to discover plankton, birds, plants and animal tracks on the trails of the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. Call (619) 409-5900 for information about the next Sweetwater Safari training.

 

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