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    BCC Educational Program Interest Form


    Thank you for your interest in Bolsa Chica Conservancy's educational programs! Bolsa Chica Conservancy offers a variety of educational opportunities for any group! We host schools (Pre-K to college), scouts, private groups, etc. Anyone can participate in our educational programs! If you would like more information or are ready to schedule a visit to Bolsa Chica and sign up for one of our STEM-based, hands-on learning programs, please fill out the interest form below. Once you submit your request, program staff will contact you as soon as possible to answer questions and finalize details.

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    • Your reservation is not booked until our staff contacts you to confirm a date and time.

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    Our Education Programs Are Recommended in One of the Following Formats:

    • Guided hike
    • Guided hike + 30 minute service
    • Guided hike + 1 hour service
    • Guided hike + lab
    • Guided hike + craft


    Our education programs are customizable to meet your needs. If none of the above formats will work for your group, we will work with you to make sure your group gets to participate in everything they want to participate in!


    *The Bolsa Chica Conservancy is committed to providing access to all, and the suggested donation is in no way required.


    Learning Opportunities (Please select activities to participate in.)


    Guided Hike of the Wetlands


    Description: Explore the many wonders of the wetlands! Visitors get to experience the wetlands first hand during a guided nature hike and tour of our interpretive center. There is always something exciting on our trails! Participants will get the opportunity to see the diverse wildlife living at Bolsa Chica while learning about wetlands and their importance worldwide. Issues specific to Bolsa Chica will be covered. Topics include, but are not limited to, wetland ecology, plants and animals, adaptations, watersheds, and importance of wetland habitats for migration and flyways, human connections, flood control, pollution control, and endangered species.
    California Education Standards, Science Standards Cell Biology 1f, Ecology 6a, 6b, 6e‐g, Evolution 7d, 8b, Earth Sciences 9c
    Total Time: Varies from 1.5 to 2 hours
    Suggested Donation: $5.00 per student for private, public schools, homeschools, and colleges (chaperones/teachers free), per scout and participating sibling for scout groups (scout leaders/parents free), and $5.00 per person for private groups.
    *We have a $50.00 minimum suggested donation for each guided hike.


    What's in the Mud?


    Description: This activity is designed to give students the chance to identify and learn about the many different marsh invertebrates living in and on the mud at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands in a fun and interactive way. Students will be able to see live specimens and view them under the microscope as well. Topics discussed include taxonomy, adaptations, feeding habits, and food webs.
    Total Time: 60 minutes
    Suggested grade level: 6th – 12th
    *K – 6th shortened lab (30 min), and college level lengthened lab available as well
    Suggested Donation: $3.00 per student ($5.00 per student without guided hike)


    Water Quality Testing


    Description: This program introduces students to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands and water quality data monitoring. Students are introduced to the basics of wetland ecology and hydrology, followed by a hands‐on field experience taking measurements using LaMotte test kits, refractometers, and a secchi disc.
    Total Time: 60 minutes
    Suggested grade level: 6th – 12th, College level lab available as well
    Suggested Donation: $3.00 per student ($5.00 per student without guided hike)

    Investigating Plankton


    Description: Through this activity, students will learn about the importance of plankton in wetland ecology. They will have the opportunity to collect plankton samples from the wetland using a plankton net and observe organisms under microscopes while identifying the various types of plankton found.
    Total Time: 60 minutes
    Suggested grade level: 6th – 12th, College level lab available as well
    Suggested Donation: $3.00 per student ($5.00 per student without guided hike)


    Fish Prints


    Description: Get creative and learn about the marine life at Bolsa Chica! Students will learn about the different types of marine organisms living in the wetlands and then bring out their artistic creativity by making paint prints of a fish, shark, or ray!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Suggested grade level: K – 6th
    Suggested Donation: $3.00 per student/scout ($5.00 per student without guided hike)



    Description: Create your own unique animal in this craft activity! Designed to complement any of our lectures and presentations, students will use sculpting clay to dream up a brand new animal and give it important adaptations for survival. Plus, they will have a great keepsake to bring home from their visit to the Wetlands!
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Suggested grade level: K – 6th
    Suggested Donation: $3.00 per student/scout ($5.00 per student without guided hike)


    Making Tracks


    Description: Make a memorable impression at the wetlands! Scouts learn all about the types of tracks animals make at the wetlands and then make some of their own! Kids will be able to bring home these plaster impressions of tracks from animals at the wetlands and show off their tracking skills.
    Total Time: 30 minutes
    Suggested grade level: 3rd – 8th
    Suggested Donation: $3.00 per student/scout

    Other Activities:

    Birds and Adaptations


    Description: Investigate the changing features of the wetlands and discover some of the birds that call the wetlands home! Students will learn how tides change the wetlands every day, and how low tides help create a “marsh market” for the birds. Using binoculars, students will have the opportunity to count birds, record the numbers, and learn to identify some of the birds they see.
    Total Time: 20 minutes
    Suggested grade level: 3rd – 5th
    Suggested Donation: $3.00 per student/scout


    Bill Nye the Science Guy!


    Description: Get your students laughing and learning with Bill Nye the Science Guy and his fun‐filled educational video about wetlands! This engaging movie uses exciting demonstrations and humorous images to help kids learn about wetlands. It is a sure way to get your students excited about wetland science!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Suggested grade level: All ages!




    Description: Get your students involved with hands‐on restoration of the wetlands! Your group can either remove invasive plants or trash and debris from the Ecological Reserve. This is a great way to become more connected with the wetlands!
    Total Time: 30 minutes – 1 hour
    Suggested grade level: 5th grade and up to adults!


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