Offering students access to NATURE during the traditional school day!
NatureTrack provides K-12 students in Santa Barbara County with outdoor field trips where teachers specify what they would like NatureTrack volunteer docents to emphasize based on what students are currently studying in class.
Direct communication with teachers ensures that each field trip supplements in-classroom units of study and is in alignment with state-mandated standards.
Dedicated volunteer docents who enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of the outdoors with students lead NatureTrack adventures. Students learn the wonder of what is in their own “backyard” by hiking on local trails, spending time in oak woodlands, chaparral, grasslands, coastal sage scrub, and other regional ecosystems.
There is never a cost to schools, students, teachers, or parents for a NatureTrack field trip. NatureTrack even covers bus transportation expenses to get students and teachers from their schools to field trip locations.
In spring 2020, when the coronavirus hit the United States, the world as we know it changed, but the mission of NatureTrack has not. We pivoted operations from field to film and continued to foster a lifelong fascination with nature through the use of virtual trips and activities that motivate kids to get outside, when and where it’s safe, to explore nature in their own “backyard”.
Each packet highlights one of NatureTrack’s 14 field trip adventures and may include:
Arroyo Burro Beach Virtual Hike Activities:
- Intertidal Zone Wordsearch
- Wordsmith (PDF)
- Fiddler Crabs, NOVA, PBS (Video)
- Documenting the Evidence (PDF)
- Geology Clues (PDF)
- Creative Writing Prompt (PDF)
- How Do Tides Work (Video)
- Tide Terminology Crossword Puzzle
- Rip Currents (Video)
- Chumash Tomol (Video)
- The Rainbow Bridge, A Chumash Legend (Video)
- Sand Globes by Zach Pine (Video)
- Monterey Bay Aquarium Coloring Pages
Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden Activities:
Create your own crossword puzzle instructions:
- Watch Part I, II or both of the Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden Tour
- Write down ten key words or ideas from the video
- Create clues for each of those keywords; for instance (Clue: the state flower. Answer: California poppy)
- Fill in your ten Clues and Answers on the Crossword Fillable Form
- Email your page to NatureTrack at email@example.com
- One submission will be chosen per week, turned into a crossword puzzle and posted on this page. Check back often to see if your page has been chose and solve “your” puzzle!
- Inside a Flower
- Leaf Morphology Video
- Sliding Puzzle
- Cornell Lab – Bird Song Hero
- Shutterbox Video
- Finding Frogs
- Animal Athletes (ENG & ESP)
- Bug Coloring Page
- Willow Maze
Midland Virtual Hike Activities:
- Hike Basics Crossword
- Hike Basics Wordsearch
- Birabent Canyon – Part I Wordsearch
- Birabent Canyon – Part I Crossword
- Birabent Canyon – Part II Wordsearch (Level 1)
- Birabent Canyon – Part II Crossword (Level 1)
- Birabent Canyon – Part II Wordsearch (Level 2)
- Birabent Canyon – Part II Crossword (Level 2)
- Chumash basket-making
- Midland Geology Quiz
- Why and How You Should Start a Sit-Spot Routine
- Play-Dough Topo Activity
- Activities for the Giving Tree
- Discussion Questions for the Giving Tree
- iTree Design
- Tree Factory Activity
Coloring Pages – Cachuma Lake Discovery Book
Guided Activity Videos:
Games & Quizes:
Games & Quizes:
COVID-19 | COVID-19 Protocol | COVID-19 Waiver
Combating COVID-19 with nature! The Mayo Clinic has been ranked one of the top hospitals in the nation for more than 27 years and their recommendation?
“The COVID-19 virus is primarily spread from person to person through respiratory droplets released into the air when talking, coughing, or sneezing. When you’re indoors, you’re more likely to inhale these droplets from an infected person, especially if you’re in close contact, because you’re sharing more air than you do outdoors. Poor building ventilation can cause droplets to hang in the air for a longer period of time, adding to the potential for infection.
When you’re outside, fresh air is constantly moving, dispersing these droplets. So, you’re less likely to breathe in enough of the respiratory droplets containing the virus that causes COVID-19 to become infected.
Being outside offers other benefits, too. It offers an emotional boost and can help you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed.”
In light of long-term distance learning, teachers, parents, and students are calling for time away from the “screen”, social interaction, and outside activity. Educators, health professionals, and laymen alike agree that these factors are more crucial than ever to the mental and physical health of this generation.
NatureTrack is committed to meeting that need by tailoring traditional outdoor field trips [link to field trip page] to meet COVID health and safety guidelines, so kids can continue to be kids – to get outside, to run, to explore, to share their enthusiasm and excitement with others.
Specially trained naturalists, who enjoy sharing their knowledge and love of the outdoors with students, lead NatureTrack adventures. Santa Barbara County is one of 35 global biodiversity hotspots giving students the opportunity to explore habitat types ranging from lush coastal wetlands/beaches and dry interior grasslands, to foothill oak woodlands and savannas, to hill slopes covered by coastal scrub and chaparral, to mountain tops of mixed oak and pine forests.
Teachers can specify which topics, NGSS core ideas, or crosscutting concepts they would like to see emphasized to facilitate student’s connection and continuity with in-classroom units of study.