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Welcome Teachers!

This page is dedicated to the Spaces & Species field trip program and serves as the jump-off page for requesting a field trip during registration time.

Spaces & Species field trips are scheduled on select Tuesdays and Thursdays in the spring and fall. Attendance in the program is determined by a lottery process.

There are approximately 20 field trips offered every spring and fall. This free program is designed for 3rd–5th grade students (with 3rd grade participation scheduled in spring only). The absolute maximum number of students per field trip is 32; four active chaperones per class is the required minimum.

About the Field Trip Program

This award-winning, innovative environmental science education program offered at Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve, and featuring scenic Alpine Pond and the David C. Daniels Nature Center, is available to local schools and led by a dedicated group of volunteer Outdoor Education Leaders. In this unique outdoor setting, children have the opportunity to focus on the connections between themselves and their natural world, and begin to understand the importance and benefit of open space in their community.

For more program information, download a brochure of Spaces & Species: Exploring Natural Communities

Due to limited trip availability, this program is offered to schools that are located within District boundaries.

Fall 2019 Spaces & Species Field Trips

Due to staffing transitions in our Interpretation & Education Program and limited availability of Outdoor Education Leader docents this fall, we are unable to offer field trips in our standard capacity.

For spring 2020, we will be offering an updated Spaces & Species curriculum to better connect our field trip experiences to NGSS learning goals, and will be requesting teachers to support and engage in a pilot rollout of activities.

Thank you for your continued interest in our field trips. We look forward to 2020 and having your students back at Skyline Ridge Preserve and the Daniels Nature Center!

Spring 2020 Spaces & Species Field Trips

The announcement and schedule for spring 2020 field trips will be sent to teachers on our mailing list, and posted here in mid- to late-January. 

How to Get to the Field Trip Location

For convenient access to the Nature Center and Alpine Pond, park in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve parking lot, located on the northwest corner of the Page Mill Road/Alpine Road and Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) intersection (across Skyline Boulevard on the right). Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve is at least a 40-minute drive from Palo Alto. Please allow plenty of travel time and be sure to discuss the location and route details with drivers in advance of the day of your scheduled field trip.

Download directions to the Spaces & Species field trip meeting location.

Important Transportation Note: Transportation is not provided by the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. A transportation assistance fund has been established for qualifying Title 1 or low-income schools where vehicle rental or parent assisted transportation is limited. This program provides reimbursement of up to $550 per class for the cost of transportation to Skyline Ridge Open Space Preserve. If you believe your school may be eligible for this reimbursement program, please indicate so on the reservation request form.

Stay Informed

The District uses an electronic mailing and reservation system for this program.  If you are unable to receive our solicitation emailing for any reason (some schools may have restrictive email security settings), you can still get information about the upcoming season by checking back at this page which will be updated at the end of July for the fall season and mid-January for spring.


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