Family Programs

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.

Teacher Resource Guide

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

  • Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 9:00am -12:00pm with 10 participants
  • Length: 3 hours
  • Age: Children ages 7-11
  • Cost: $150 for 2 hikes
  • Scholarships are available.

Join us on Tuesdays and Thursdays as we explore the edge of Richardson Bay's mud and sand flats, or the brackish lagoon and intertidal zone of Rodeo Beach!

Each excursion is from 9am to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will be held at the Marin Headlands in Sausalito and Blackie's Pasture in Tiburon.

Our adventures will include lots of time to explore to look for insects, crabs, birds and the myriad of life that call these bay and ocean habitats home.

Games, a wildlife craft and a live animal encounter with one of WildCare’s non-releasable Wildlife Ambassadors will round out each day’s experience.

Parents/guardians will be responsible for dropping off and picking up their child at the hike sites and must submit an Emergency Information and Consent Form prior to the session.

One WildCare Educator and three Terwilliger Nature Guides will lead activities designed to encourage learning while having fun.

Enrollment is limited to 10 children per session and hike leaders will implement social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing protocols in keeping with CDC guidelines.

We are not able to offer single hike dates or mix and match dates from different sessions.

Click each session to reserve that session, or see all sessions here.

Session 1 — Tuesday, June 29 and Thursday, July 1 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 2 — Tuesday, July 6 and Thursday, July 8 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 3 — Tuesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 15 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 4 — Tuesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 22 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 5 — Tuesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 29 — 9am - 12:00pm
Session 6 — Tuesday, August 3 and Thursday, August 5 — 9am - 12:00pm

Hike at Rodeo Beach

Aventuras Familiares WildCare– desplazarse hacia abajo para obtener información en español.

Explore local parks

WildCare Family Adventures will resume in the spring of 2022!

Enjoy a FREE day of discovery and learning out in nature with your family. WildCare naturalists will lead fun, bilingual, family outings, encouraging local families to enjoy Marin’s parks and open spaces, with the objective of deepening our commitment to take care of nature.

These programs are in English and Spanish, and are free to the public. Space is limited! WildCare strongly encourages carpooling. Please bring a hat, good walking shoes, and layers of clothing, water, snack and lunch. Binoculars are optional.

There is limited space for each program! YOU MUST RSVP IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE!

For more information, please email education@discoverwildcare.org.

Explorar los parques locales

¡Aventuras Familiares WildCare se reanudará en la primavera de 2022!

Disfrute un día de descubrimiento y aprendizaje en la naturaleza con la familia. Naturalistas de WildCare conducirán paseos familiares divertidos con el objetivo de llevar  a los niños y sus familias a los parques locales y espacios abiertos, mientras profundizando nuestro compromiso con el cuidado de nuestro planeta.
Estos programas son en inglés y español. ¡Todo gratis! WildCare firmemente alienta a compartir el coche. ¡El espacio está limitado!

¡¡TIENE QUE CONFIRMAR (RSVP) SU ASISTENCIA PARA PODER PARTICIPAR !!

Póngase en contacto con WildCare llamando al education@discoverwildcare.org para más información.