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Creating Coastal Stewardship through Science Curriculum Guides

The seven guides below were created by teachers for teachers in 2003 and, therefore, do not reflect current California State NGSS and Common Core standards; however, the content may still be valuable for educational use. They provide middle school students with opportunities to observe natural processes at Point Reyes National Seashore to stimulate interest in science and environmental stewardship. Each guide is designed to facilitate hands-on learn experiences using science and the environment. Natural resources such as tule elk, California quail, Pacific gray whales, northern elephant seals, and the San Andreas Fault are highlighted because they are easy to identify and observe. All activities are linked to the California and National Science Standards.

Creating Coastal Stewardship through Science Curriculum Guide CD

Free Curriculum CD

These curricula are available on CD-ROM by sending an email to our Education Coordinator. In your message, please provide your name, address, and school affiliation.


  • Defining Habitats - 134 pages
  • Investigating Tule Elk - 170 pages
  • Identifying Resident Birds - 144 pages
  • Monitoring Creek Health - 117pages
  • Uncovering the San Andreas Fault - 154 pages
  • Discovering Northern Elephant Seals - 158 pages
  • Observing Pacific Gray Whales - 170 pages

PDFs of the informational signs along the Earthquake Trail.

One of the on-site activities for the Uncovering the San Andreas Fault curriculum guide is for the students to walk the Earthquake Trail, stopping to read each informational sign and answering related questions on their worksheet.

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Web pages with information about the subjects listed above

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Reserve Free Teaching Materials for Field Trip

Teacher Resource Backpacks accompany each of these guides as well as binoculars, a spotting scope, and clipboards—all of which may be borrowed free of charge from the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

Call 415-464-5139 to reserve materials specific to your field trip.

Questions, comments

If you would like more information about these exciting programs, please contact Anela Kopshever at 415-464-5139 or by email.

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Last updated: June 13, 2022

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