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Field Trips are fun! Docent Ed Slater with elementary students at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center.
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy is your partner in environmental education.
We encourage you to preview the resources and links provided here to help your classes prepare for your upcoming visit.
Habitat Hunt (PDF)
Hone your observation skills by searching for animal clues and their habitat requirements. Students will use their senses of sight, smell, touch, and sound to explore the different plants and animals of the lagoon and the habitats on which they depend. In order to survive, all living things need a place to live—a habitat, or home—that provides air, food, water, and shelter. Some animals are able to meet their needs throughout many lagoon habitats, while others rely solely on a specific lagoon habitat. A special emphasis is placed on the fiddler crab and its life cycle, and how it relies on both the lagoon and the ocean to survive. This hike is only offered at San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center.
This packet will assist you in meeting Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, which focus on plant and animal adaptations in physical structure or behavior, and may improve an organism's chance for survival.
The Kumeyaay People of San Elijo Lagoon (PDF)
This packet will assist you in meeting History-Social Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, which focus on local American Indian nations, how the physical environment affected their lives, and their use of natural resources.
Rhythms of Wetlands (PDF)
This packet will assist you in meeting Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, which focus on how the physical environment influences the diversity of plants and animals in an ecosystem.
What's for Lunch? Food Chains and Food Webs (PDF)
This packet will assist you in meeting Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, which focus on organisms’ need for energy and matter to live and grow, and their dependence on one another and the environment for survival.
Water and Wetlands: Our Precious Resources (PDF)
This packet will assist you in meeting Science Content Standards for California Public Schools, which focus on how freshwater is limited, and the origin of water used in local communities. The guide also addresses the important role wetlands play in the Escondido watershed, and encourages students to protect and conserve water resources.
SAN ELIJO LAGOON VIDEO RESOURCES
San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy School Programs (13:00)
This video provides an overview of school programs lead by our trained naturalists. We recommend this video for classes preparing for their field trips. Ecology concepts and an overview of the habitats are introduced.
Meet the generation who will help protect natural places. Children tell us what they see, hear, and feel during a field trip, and describe their inspiration for protecting wildlife.
Video courtesy © Mark Lyon
We welcome your thought-provoking classroom essays, drawings, and videos reflecting your field trip experiences at San Elijo Ecological Reserve to post for inspiration. To inquire about submitting class work for publication in Kids Corner, please email Tara at tara [at] sanelijo [dot] org.
TEACHERS' PLACE LINKS
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Frequently Asked Questions
1. What grades do you accommodate?
8. How should we prepare?
9. Are there restroom facilities?
For class lunches and facilities, we recommend:
10. What is the cost of a naturalist-guided walk?
These programs can be offered free of charge to any school that inquires. Donations strengthen the education program’s docent training and development of new educational materials. If your school is able to make a donation, we thank you for your support of San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy.