please note: times are approximate, excursions may be canceled if too few participants
EXCURSION F1 - Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge (San Jose) (COST $5)
leave WW 11:45, stop at airport for 12:15 pickup, tour and hike at Don Edwards 1:00 - 3:30, return to WW 4:00
EXCURSION F2 - California Academy of Sciences (San Francisco) (natural history/
aquarium/planeterium/living roof) (COST $20)
leave WW 11:45, stop at airport for 12:15 pickup, drive to SF, 1:30 - overview and Q&A with Amelia Rosenman, Teacher Educator and Instructional Coach, then time to explore the museum, leave 4:30, return to WW @ 6:00
EXCURSION SAT1 - Wine Tasting at Cooper-Garrod Vineyards (COST $5) -
leave WW 3:40, tasting 4 - 5:30 at a nearby organic winery, 10% discount on any purchases for our group! return to WW by 6.
EXCURSION SAT 2 - Tour and Volunteering at Full Circle Farm (COST $5) -
leave WW 3:40, tour of Full Circle Farm - an urban community farm adjoining a middle school - from 4-4:45, then do some volunteer work in garden until 6, return to WW by 6:30 . (Note: this can count for 1 or 2 volunteer hours for scholarship recipients)
EXCURSION SUN1 - Big Basin Redwoods State Park and YMCA Camp Campbell Outdoor School (COST $5) - Take a scenic drive through the Santa Cruz Mountains to get a tour from Cathy Haas, Senior Program Director of Camp Campbell. After the tour, continue up the road to California's oldest state park, dating to 1902. Take a hike and see some of the immense old-growth redwoods.
EXCURSION M1 - Monterey Bay Aquarium (COST $30)
leave WW @ 8:15am, behind-the-scenes tour of Aquarium 10 - 11, additional time at Aquarium, stop at fruit & vegetable stand, possible late lunch at sustainable sushi restaurant.
EXCURSION M2 - Pescadero Valley Visit (4 outdoor schools) (COST $5)
Take a lovely drive to the Pescadero Valley - about an hour away - to tour 4 different outdoor schools - San Mateo Outdoor Ed (SMOE), San Joaquin Outdoor Ed (SJOE), Exploring New Horizons (ENH) Loma Mar, and Vida Verde. Get a personal tour from Colin "Comet" Van Zandt, who has worked at all 4 sites. (NOTE: depending on participants' schedule, EXCURSION M2 can run 8:15 - 11:45 or 10:30 - 2:00, or both)
If you have extra time in the area before or after the conference, you may want to take time on your own in addition to our organized excursions Other highlights in the area: Santa Cruz (45 min. away), Yosemite (~ 3.5 hours), San Francisco (~ 1.5 hours), Point Reyes/Mt. Tamalpais (~ 2 hours), Gold Country (~ 3 hours), Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park (~ 3.5 hours), Pinnacles National Park (~ 2 hours), and much more...