Field Trip Information

Pre-Workshop Friday Field Trips!

Check out what’s available for field trips below! Register for the workshop here!

March 6, 2020

Rosie the Riveter – and an option to visit the Red Oak Victory Ship

rosie the riveter

Location: 1414 Harbour Way South #3000, Richmond, CA 94804
Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Cost: Free

Do you love history? Then this is your place! World War II was a big part of the Richmond Community and now this park is part of the thread that keeps the history alive. Come and learn through the rich interactive exhibits, films, and a private tour at the Visitor Education Center. This relatively new National Park was established in 2000. Learn about the programs offered to schools and the public, and learn how they have engaged with the local community and government to create a successful partnership. Learn more about this site here.


Optional: Visit the Red Oak Victory Ship

redoak victory shipLocation: 1337 Canal Blvd. Richmond, CA 94804
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $20 boarding fee and docent-led tour including the lower engine room.

Join the enthusiastic docents who offer the tours of this historic ship. The SS Red Oak Victory Ship is the last surviving ship of 747 built in the Kaiser Shipyards, and is owned by the non-profit Richmond Museum Association. Today, the Red Oak Victory remains a monument to the men and women who worked in war related industries as part of the World War II Home Front. In 1998, the ship was saved from the Naval Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay by a courageous group of men and women and has been under restoration since that time. NAI will be treated to have conversations with people who actually worked on the ship. The Victory ships remain today as a symbol of the national resolve and industrial might that won the Second World War. Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for either of these field trips contact Robin Joy at:

Sea Trek Kayaking

Location: At the Bay Model Center
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $50

sea trekEnjoy a kayak trip along Sausalito’s water front. Enjoy a large collection of birds, sea mammals, the house boat community, view of San Francisco, and more with a guided tour! This trip is easily combined with the Bay Model Tour. They provide all needed equipment. Learn more about this trip here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

The Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center

Location: 2100 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA 94965
Time: 1:00PM – 3:00 PM
Cost: Free


The Bay Model is a three-dimensional model of San Francisco Bay and Delta areas capable of simulating tides and currents. It is over 1.5 acres in size and represents an area from the Pacific Ocean to Sacramento and Stockton, including: the San Francisco, San Pablo, and Suisun Bays and a portion of the Sacramento – San Joaquin Delta. Please join the lead staff in a tour with insights on how the model was developed, funded, and is interpreted. Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

Alacatraz Island

Location: Ferry location and times will be sent out once you sign up. All Alcatraz Island tours depart from and return to Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing, located along San Francisco’s northern waterfront promenade, on The Embarcadero near the intersection of The Embarcadero and Bay Streets.
Time: 10:00AM sharp departure timem at the ferry. Return time is your decision. Last ferry for this is 3:50PM.
Cost: $40

Named #1 Landmark in the US! Alcatraz

Welcome to the ‘Turning the Tides Through Interpretation’ Offsite Session to Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz is in the process of shifting our interpretive focus toward audience centered approaches and critical issues of incarceration and Civil Rights. Join Alcatraz Island Interpretive Rangers and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Interpreters for a guided walking tour around less traveled and historic “behind the scenes” areas of Alcatraz Island. Learn more about the 50th anniversary of the Native American Occupation of Alcatraz, prisoners of conscience on the island, and what the history of the Rock can reveal about incarceration today. You’ll also enjoy a dedicated conversation about interpretation as a whole on the island, including the partnership between NPS and Parks Conservancy, current interpretive planning, and the interpretive challenges and opportunities of managing one of the National Park system’s only historic prisons.Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

Angel Island State Park

Location: We will board the State Park Boat in Tiburon. All the detailed will be updated and will be sent once you sign up.
Time: 10:00AM – 3:00PM
Cost: $12
*Participation is limited to 26 people.*

Angel Island

Want to see the most amazing views of the entire Bay Area. Do you love history? Did you know it was an immigration station? Want to fire a cannon salute? Get a behind the scenes tour with the lead interpretive staff Casey Dexter-Lee of  Angel Island State Park and learn all about the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay, a hidden gem in the midst of the urban Bay Area. Beginning with the earliest inhabitants, the Coast Miwok, Angel Island was a seasonal hunting and gathering location for the local native tribes. With over 100 years of military history starting with the Civil War at Camp Reynolds, and from 1910 to 1940, the U.S. Immigration Station processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were detained at the Station before being sent to facilities farther inland. During WWI and WWII thousands of troops both returning and embarking for conflicts around the world were processed through Angel Island. In the ’50s and ’60s, the Island saw its last military service as a home to a Nike missile base. Learn about all their programs, get a complete tour of the Island, have lunch, and conversation with staff regarding partnerships and funding. Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

The Marine Mammal Center Field Trip

Location: The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, CA 94965
Time: 10:00AM – 12:00PM
Cost: $10

Marine Mammal CenterThe Marine Mammal Center, the best in the west, will be offering a wonderful tour around the exhibits and viewing areas with lead guides providing insights into the work of the Center and share stories about their seal and sea lion patients (please note the number of patients onsite and visible varies daily depending on the animal’s conditions). We will learn about the scientific research program, veterinary clinicians, pathologists, rehabilitation specialists, wildlife biologists, and research scientists. Discussion on climate change and ocean health will also be a part of the program. Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

Walt Disney Family Museum

Location: 104 Montgomery Street in the Presidio of San Francisco
Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Cost: $12 – includes the admission and the private tour/hands on activities
*Participation is limited to 30 people.*

DisneyTour the museum with Senior Staff learning their core values and mission. After the tour you will be treated to a presentation by a park naturalist to share how Walt Disney’s lifelong commitment to environmental education, international travel, and intercultural understanding. In addition discover the importance of storytelling in animation by taking part in interactive activities. Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

Hawk Hill and Golden Gate Raptor Observatory

Location: Marin Headlands Vista Point
Time: 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Cost: Free

Experience Hawk Hill’s view of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Marin Headlands, and the Pacific Ocean. The area made it a prime spot to keep an eye out for World War II raptorsand Cold War enemy attacks. The gun pits, magazines, tunnels, casemates, and launch pads that remain are now a part of the rich history of these parklands. Known as Battery Construction 129 during its military days, the site was later dubbed Hawk Hill thanks to its location along a prime raptor migration corridor. The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory has been tracking this raptor migration since 1984, while also providing hawkwatching, banding, radiotelemetry, and docent programs. A tour guide will be with us to answer any questions, discuss the programs and offer insights into the park. Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

Walk Among the Redwoods

Location: Muir Woods National Monument
Time: 2:00PM – 3:30PM
Cost: Free
*Participation limited to 30 people.*

Before you check in for the workshop, don’t miss a stroll among the giant redwoods. muir woods.jpgMuir Woods National Monument is world renowned for its old-growth coastal redwoods, attracting over one million visitors per year. The park is within the biodiversity hotspot of the Redwood Creek Watershed and home to more than 380 different plants and animals. Learn about this fragile ecosystem, the history of the park, and how Muir Woods is meeting challenges to protect this place for generations to come. This visit includes time with the ranger as well as time to explore the forest on your own.

What to bring: good walking shoes, rain jacket (in case it is misty/foggy), warm clothes, water bottle, camera. No food allowed in the forest. Learn more about this site here.

To sign up for this field trip contact Robin Joy at:

Midfulness in Nature Hike

Location: Mount Tamalpais State Park
Time: 10:00AM
Cost: Free
*Participation limited to 20 people.*

Mount Tamalpais standing at 2,571 feet above sea level, is the highest peak in Marin county. The mountain can be compared to an island of outstanding biodiversity and Mt Tamalpais Deepsea Trailvariety of habitats. A growing health trend in America, mindfulness extends the practice of meditation into everyday life and focuses on cultivating awareness in the present. Mt Tam Docent Alexandra Jurasin has practiced mindfulness for over 20 years. Through mindfulness practices, she will guide you in an exploration of your senses in nature. You will finish the hike feeling like you’ve just had a cleansing shower for your mind.
Difficulty: Moderate.
What to bring: Wear good hiking shoes/boots. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks. Hiking poles are recommended on Mt Tam. Learn more about this site here.

To sing up for this field trip contact Rosanna Petralia at:

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