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Wildlife Education Day
Wildlife Education Day

Kid-Friendly Field Trips
Kid-Friendly Field Trips

Wildlife Education Day

This fair sponsored by SCVAS each October has become one of the premier events in the Bay Area where hundreds of families come together to celebrate and learn about birds, nature, ecology, and wildlife. Learn more...

More Kid-Friendly Events

Wingding Family Fest: A Celebration of Birds and Spring
Saturday May 9 10:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve

Activities for this FREE, fun, family event include:

*Guided nature walks (buzz, tweet, chirp and whir down the trails...)

*Bird-themed geocaching hikes,

*Hands-on science stations,

*Live animal presentations,

*Conservation organization exhibitors,

*Arts and crafts,

*Food vendors, and more...

Check back soon for updated event details!

Advance reservation required for the "Early Bird Family Walk" only - but some activities require day-of sign up on-site, on a first-come-first-served basis. See the Event Schedule for more information.

See the MROSD website for some additional fun details.

Location and Directions: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve is located at the junction of Skyline Blvd and Page Mill Rd (in the unincorporated area between Palo Alto, Portola Valley, and La Honda). Click Here for maps and directions. Please note that this event takes place at the Equestrian Lot near Horseshoe Lake, NOT the Nature Center.


Young Audubon Adventure: Early Bird Family Walk - Part of Wingding Family Fest!
Saturday May 9 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve (map coordinates 37.309799, -122.172052)
Join our birding experts for a fun family walk to discover the songs and colors of our spring birds. Beginning birders and children of all ages are welcome, and loaner binoculars are available upon request. After the bird walk, stay and enjoy the Wingding Family Fest fun!

Space is limited, call (408) 252-3740 or use our Online Registration Form to sign up. Groups with children receive priority.

1 mile south of the Alpine/Page Mill/Skyline Blvd junction. See the MROSD website for directions (but note that we will begin at the Equestrian Parking area near Horseshoe Lake).


The Art of the Nest - Identifying Birds By What They Build
Tuesday May 26 6:30-8:00PM (Class); Saturday May 30; 8:30-11:00AM (Field)
Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve, 22221 McClellan Rd, Cupertino
Cost: $30 members; $45 non-members
Leader: Freddy Howell and Toby Goldberg (SCVAS Ed Committee)

The way a bird builds its nest can tell you where it lives, what it eats, and much more. This information, in turn, can be a valuable tool in learning how to identify birds in the field. We'll discuss the different ways birds nest, examine many of their creations, and learn what we need to look for when birding. Our field trip will follow up with a visit to the nest boxes at McClellan Ranch to see nesting in action.

All ages welcome (with adult supervision). Register Online or by calling the SCVAS office at 408-252-3747.

Summer Nature Adventures: Day Camp for Grades 2-6
Monday July 20 through Friday, July 24th. 9:00AM-3:00PM
Location: Various locations.
Cost: $270/child for SCVAS members; $295/child for non-members
Our SCVAS/MROSD summer camp is back - and bigger and better than ever!

Bugs, Birds, Plants, Creeks, and more! Join SCVAS, the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) and Shoreline at Mountain View as we explore the wonderful world around us. A great chance to be outdoors and get dirty!

Each camp day will be at a different location with a unique theme. Parents will be responsible for transportation to all locations (but see the note about Friday, July 24th):

Day 1 - "Nature Explorations!" We'll spend our day learning just what makes the natural areas so cool, including animal games, track explorations, a bug hunt, and more! Location: Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 2 - "All About Birds!" Bird watching, bird walks, bird crafts, bird stories, and so much more. Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 3 - "Bugs and the Creek!" Come and learn what makes these creepy critters cool! Location: McClellan Ranch Preserve in Cupertino.

Day 4 - "Wetlands Wonders!" Come learn about some unique (and fascinating!) Shoreline history, explore the baylands, work through a scavenger hunt and more! We might even get to play some Victorian-era games. Location: Rengstorff House and Shoreline Lake in Mountain View.

Day 5 - "Spaces and Species." Discover one of the area's hidden gems and learn what nature has to share. Location: Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve on Hwy 35. Transportation (from McClellan Ranch Preserve) will be provided.

For children entering grades 2-6.

Can't attend the full week? Ask about our "Mini-Week" options (Mon-Wed or Wed-Fri).

Register by June 15th. To see the flyer Click Here.

Discounts given for families with 2 or more registered children. Scholarships may also be available for families in need, depending on funding. Please contact the SCVAS office at 408-252-3740 to inquire about scholarship availability. IMPORTANT: You must register for camp before submitting a scholarship application in order to ensure space and funding availability.

Ready to sign-up? Use our Online Registration Form and follow the directions on the form.

Details and directions for each session will be sent upon confirmed registration.


Young Audubon Summer Adventure: Bird Banding with SFBBO
Saturday August 15 8:00 AM-10:00 AM (arrive at 7:45AM)
Location: Meets at McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas
Cost: $25/family (or $8/child, $10/adult)
Join us for Conservation Science in Action!

Come share in a very special opportunity to witness a live bird banding demonstration provided by experts from the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory. An invaluable tool for conservation, restoration and mitigation research, this bird banding activity will allow participants to view a wild bird up close and personal, as well as tour an area of active habitat restoration. This tour is for ages 7 and up and lasts approximately 1.5 to 2 hours.

Due to the special access involved, participants will need to carpool/caravan into the research site. Prompt arrival at 7:45AM at the meeting location is required.

Space is limited, call (408) 252-3740 or use the Online Registration Form to sign up. Groups with children receive priority.

Location: McCarthy Ranch in Milpitas, located one exit west of the 237/880 interchange. Meet at the [former] Borders Bookstore parking lot at the McCarthy Ranch. More specific directions will be sent to registered participants the week prior to the activity.



Last modified November 2011

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