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.
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!
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!