|2009 Off-campus Field Sites
Field Trip # 1: A visit to the Martinez Mountain View Sanitation District Wetlands with a more detailed tour was arranged in 2009. As a minor surprise, this year's class observed a Brown Pelican enjoying the constructed wetlands. (www.mvsd.org ) See photo of site above.
Field Trip # 2: The class performed a creek survey with permission and instruction by the Contra Costa County Watershed Monitoring Coordinator, starting at the Lafayette Community Park similar to the previous year's class. The mapping the Las Trampas Creek followed the procedures of the Costa County Watershed Volunteer Monitoring program and this year's work began at the point were last year's class stopped. All of the creek mapping was added to the County's watershed database. As before, students received instruction in the classroom and in field by the County's representative and access was provided by the local community parks personnel. ( www.cocowaterweb.org ). Photos of initial synchronization of the GPS units are above.
Field Trip # 3: The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project and Alviso Environmental Education Center were visited to show the class a large scale restoration project and representative tidal salt marshes. The tour given by U.S. Fish and Wildlife representatives was very educational and gave students insights of the remediation of the salt ponds. (www.southbayrestoration.org)
Salt Marsh at Alviso Salt Pond Restoration site (2009 - SJ Bachofer photo)