The 6th grade overnight field trip to the Marin Headlands is scheduled for December 2017. The exact dates will be communicated as we approach next school year. The cost for the field trip is roughly $300 per student.  Scholarships are available so please see Amanda in the front office to complete a scholarship form.  

There will be a parent informational meeting in November 2017, and at least one parent for each student should plan on attending the meeting.

The Marin Headlands trip is a three-day and two-night trip where students participate in hands-on experiences under the guidance of experienced NatureBridge educators and Woodside School teachers and administrators.

Students study the coastal and marine environments and explore human impacts on ocean and estuarine resources. They engage in explorations of coastal, lagoon, and rocky intertidal habitats.

Students also focus on the wide variety of life found in the Marin Headlands, and a key component of this area of study is plant, animal, and habitat identification along trails. Students explore issues such as resource management, habitat loss, and conservation.

Below is a sample daily itinerary for the Marin Headlands trip. 

Wake Up - 6:45 a.m.Top of Page

Students rise each morning and walk out of their dormitories to the sounds of the nearby ocean. They will use this time to shower, dress, and prepare for their day. 

Breakfast - 7:10 a.m. or 8:00 a.m.Top of Page

Breakfast is served in the dining hall on campus. Since multiple schools visit NatureBridge at one time, meals are served in shifts. Schools will always eat with members of their school. Meals are served buffet-style with numerous options to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. 

Morning Meeting - 9:00 a.m.Top of Page

In this large-group meeting, education on food waste and composting are integrated in a fun and engaging manner. The campus coordinator facilitates discussions that energize the students and complement the education that will take place in the field.

Instructional Day - 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Top of Page

Field groups consist of one NatureBridge field science educator, up to 16 students, and one or two parent chaperones or class teachers. NatureBridge educators provide the activities and curriculum; chaperones assist with group management and participate as an active member of the team. The NatureBridge field educator assigned to your group will work with the same students every day. Depending on your program, students may find themselves:
  • Analyzing the health of our watershed by hiking to the pond and collecting macro invertebrates.
  • Hiking up Hawk Hill to view the raptor migration while learning about the adaptations that help different birds survive in their habitat.
  • Touching a live sea star in our marine lab while learning about how different cultures use ocean resources.
  • Completing team-building and leadership challenges while hiking to the top of nearby Hill 88. 

Lunch in the Field - 12:30 p.m.Top of Page

Field groups enjoy lunch in the field, prepared daily by NatureBridge's team of chefs. Members of the group take on responsibilities of carrying an element of the lunch in their backpacks until lunchtime when the group assembles and eats lunch in the field.

Recreation Time and/or Eco-Athletics - 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.Top of Page

This is a time students can use to shower and change, work on journals, or play outside. Students can also visit the beach if supervised by a chaperone. A school may also use this time for structured learning activities. Chaperones supervise during recreation time. If you are on the early dinner shift, you will have additional recreation time after dinner. 

Eco-AthleticsTop of Page

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, high school interns from our Teen Environmental Education Mentorship program, supervised by NatureBridge staff, lead Eco-Athletics. These 30-minute activities may include games, eco-art, or animal feeding in the Marine Lab. They are designed as active outlets that might reinforce scientific concepts learned during the field day.

Dinner - 5:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.Top of Page

Like breakfast, dinner is served in two shifts. The food served is nutritious, plentiful, and kid-friendly. Meals such as grilled chicken with rice, tacos, pizza, and spaghetti with marinara sauce frequently appear on the menu and are always accompanied by a fresh and colorful salad bar. 

Evening Meeting - 7:10 p.m.Top of Page

Students give reports on food waste from their dinner and create goals for reducing waste the following day. The meeting also focuses on weather and includes a student-generated weather forecast. 

Evening Program - 7:30 p.m.Top of Page

Evening programs complement the material being presented during your field day. These large-group programs are engaging, educational, and inspiring. Students may participate in an active game and lesson on animal adaptations, sing songs around a campfire, or participate in a night hike down to the beach to look for bio-luminescent plankton. 

Get Ready for Bed - 8:30 - 9:30 p.m.Top of Page

This time is used for students to use bathrooms, change clothes, and brush their teeth. Staff chaperones supervise the students during this time. 

Storytime and Lights Out - 9:30 p.m.Top of Page

NatureBridge staff visits all dorms to make sure lights are out and may share a song or story.