Science at the Seashore Field Trips

Science at the Seashore Field Trips

PRNSA’s Science at the Seashore field trip program features hands-on science education for elementary, middle & high school students. While visiting the Seashore’s outdoor field sites, students have the opportunity to experience the excitement of discovery in natural habitats. As they use field study equipment to observe wildlife, test water quality, sample invertebrates, fish, or soils, students learn about the ecology, geology and natural history of Point Reyes National Seashore. Field trips are held in the newly restored Giacomini Wetland, surrounding watershed creeks, or Point Reyes bays and beaches.

Teachers can choose from the following one-day field trips led by PRNSA staff biologists and naturalists:

  • Macroinvertebrate sampling in freshwater creeks or tidal wetland (grades 2-12)
  • Wildlife Tracking in the wetland
  • Terrestrial Invertebrate Sampling in the wetland (grades 4-12)
  • Water Quality Testing (grades 4 and above)
  • Fish Sampling (grades 6-12)
  • Birds of Giacomini Wetland (grades 2-12)
  • Wetland Plants and role in the ecosystem (grades 4-12)
  • Soils and Sediments (grades 4-12)
  • *Habitat Restoration (grades 4-12)
  • Creek cross-section profiling and flow hydrology (grades 9-12)
  • Sandy Beach Mole Crab Monitoring (LiMPETS) at Limantour Beach (grades 6-12)
  • *Marine Debris Action Team (MDAT)- marine debris collection and survey (grades 4-12)
  • Drakes Estero Now and Then (paleo geology and biology) (grades 4-12)

Study equipment and waterproof footwear are provided.

Some activities are seasonally unavailable, dependent on tides and group size.

*These activities are part of our Seashore Restoration Partners project.

Minimum group size is 10 students. A fee is requested. Scholarships are available!

Contact Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook at or 415.663.1200 ext. 306 for more information.