Virtual and Distance Learning

Bring WildCare directly to your students through distance learning today!

Distance Learning Programs

To learn more and request a WildCare Distance Learning Program, please email Kate Lynch at or call 415-453-1000 x19.

Bring WildCare directly to your students through distance learning! Our educators will lead students through scientific observations and active movements as they learn about some of our Wildlife Ambassadors. With a mixture of behind-the-scenes videos and live interactive sessions with one of our wildlife educators, this engaging program will delight and inspire students to take action to help wildlife in their neighborhoods.

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  • Length: 45 minutes
  • Ages: K - 6th Grade
  • Group Limit: 30 student maximum per presentation
  • Price: $100

Scholarships are available and are based on your school’s FRPM statistics. Visit our scholarship page for more information. You may request a scholarship in the Program Request Form by clicking on any of the program links below.

Visit our Teacher Resources web page for activities that prepare students for their upcoming Distance Learning Program by engaging them in the study of the natural world.

Programs Available

Learn about the astounding animals that live right here in our own neighborhoods. This presentation provides an overview of our state’s wonderfully diverse wildlife. From the redwood forest to the desert, investigate the amazing adaptations that help animals survive in their habitats. This interactive presentation provides students with the opportunity to observe taxidermy and animals’ features they wouldn’t otherwise be able to experience up close, leaving them with a strengthened sense of responsibility toward preserving our planet.
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  • Habitats and Biodiversity
  • Grade levels: K-2nd grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

What do fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals all have in common? How can you know what a mammal eats just by looking at its teeth? What makes birds so unique from other animals? Find out the answers to these questions and much more by attending a special presentation featuring videos of our Wildlife Ambassadors. In this presentation you will learn about a bird of prey, a marvelous mammal, and a remarkable reptile! This program will reveal these animals’ habitats, diets, adaptations, and the threats they face in the wild.

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  • The Vertebrates
  • Grade levels: 2nd-3rd grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

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Learn about our rescued non-releasable Wildlife Ambassadors during this interactive presentation. By sharing their rescue stories, these animals act as representatives for their species in order to increase awareness of their plight in the wild. Investigate the issues affecting wildlife, interdependence in ecosystems, and how we can make choices in our everyday lives to have a positive impact on our environment.

NGSS Alignment


  • Eco-Heroes
  • Grade levels: 4th - 6th grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

Which shark is born in the salt marsh?

How is a wetland like a restaurant?

Wade into the unique lives of the animals that pass through these watery worlds. Explore this vanishing habitat to learn exactly why it is worth preserving and how you can help. Students will examine the benefits of wetlands and find out why animals rely on them for survival. Students will gain an understanding of how restoring and protecting California’s wetlands has a big positive impact on our local wildlife.

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  • California Wetlands
  • Grade levels: K - 6th grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

How do squirrels plant trees? Who lives inside of a tree trunk? Find out what other wonders await by transporting your classroom to the oak woodland! Listen for the drumming of the acorn woodpecker, catch a glimpse of the fluffy tail of the grey fox, and watch raptors soar in the sky above. Hear the stories of our Wildlife Ambassadors and Wildlife Hospital patients to understand how their species are connected in the food web. Learn how oak trees sustain life for wildlife and humans alike in this important ecosystem.
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  • Wonders of Oak Woodlands
  • Grade levels: K-6th grade
  • Program length: 45 minutes
  • Cost: $100 – 30 student maximum

Scholarships available!

If your school participates in the Free or Reduced Price Meal program (FRPM), your class is eligible for a scholarship.

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WildCare’s Terwilliger Nature Guides have created three exciting Virtual Nature Hikes to bring the forest and grassland habitats to your students during distance learning.

Using the interactive techniques of Mrs. Terwilliger, your students will learn about the adaptations of our local plants and animals. Who lives in the redwood forest? What plants and animals are used by the Coast Miwok? What do Dusky-footed Woodrats store in their stick houses? Why do fence lizards do push-ups? Students will learn the answers to these questions as well as what makes each ecosystem special.

  • Grade levels: 2nd - 4th
  • Program length: 15 - 20 minutes
  • Cost: Free

Locations for the Virtual Hikes include Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park, Ring Mountain Open Space, and the Redwood Forest.

Virtual Redwood Forests Nature Hike

Join Terwilliger Nature Guides as they share the magic of the redwood forest.

Have you ever wondered what makes a redwood tree red? Or how Coast Redwoods grow to be the tallest trees on the planet?

We will look at the cones, needles, seeds, and bark of the Coast Redwood and learn why tannin is the secret to their success.

Take a peek in the forest to see a Barred Owl, Bobcat, River Otter, Western Grey Squirrel, and Black-tailed Mule Deer, and discover why the redwood forest is their perfect habitat.

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Redwood Forest Hike

Virtual Miwok Meadows Nature Hike

Join Terwilliger Nature Guides as they explore Miwok Meadows in China Camp State Park.

Come along as they spot a Coyote, Black-tailed Mule Deer, Wild Turkeys, Western Gray Squirrel, Western Fence Lizards, and a Black-tailed Jackrabbit!

Nature Guides share how to spot animal signs such as scat, spider turrets, oak galls, and nests, and explain how these animals make their living in the oak woodland and grassland habitats.

What can you learn by looking at animal scat? Why do fence lizards do push ups? What do Dusky-footed Woodrats store in their huge stick nests? Learn the answers to these questions and so much more!

Teacher Resource Guide

Miwok Meadows Hike

Virtual Ring Mountain Nature Hike

Join Terwilliger Nature Guides as they explore the unique habitats of Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve.

Learn about the plants and animals that the Coast Miwok use and how resident wildlife such as Red-tailed Hawks, Gopher Snakes, Coyotes, and Dusky-footed Woodrats survive in this landscape.

Some of the plants highlighted are Poison Oak, Coast Live Oak, Bay Laurel, Buckeyes and the Tiburon Mariposa Lily that grows nowhere else on earth.

We will also share some of Ring Mountain’s very special geological and cultural features. Discover all of this and more!

Teacher Resource Guide

Ring Mountain Hike

Treat Your Inquisitive Child to Wildlife Camp at WildCare!

Our Virtual Wildlife Camps provide campers with an unforgettable wildlife experience, including live animal visits from our rescued Wildlife Ambassadors, animal-themed games, nature crafts, and more! Virtual camp programs are designed to captivate, engage and challenge young people, while building conservation knowledge and values. Virtual Wildlife Camp is a fun way to stimulate learning about wildlife and instill a life-long respect for the environment.

Virtual Wildlife Camp Sessions — Please check back for upcoming virtual camp sessions!