Environmental Education

Our Environmental Education program gives elementary and secondary school students first-hand exposure to science and character development during a 1-5 day experience. Students increase their understanding of the world around them while hiking in nature, digging in the soil to witness decomposition, testing oxygen levels in our creek, and recording observations in their journals.  Our location in a coastal redwood forest, with a year-round creek that is a migratory salmon habitat, provides unique, hands-on learning opportunities.

Westminster Woods' Teacher Naturalists are dedicated professionals committed to supporting Next Generation Science Standards through inquiry and observation, and the enrichment of students' lives through adventure and discovery. We maintain small group sizes to maximize the learning experience.


Areas of Study:

  • Redwood Forest Ecology
  • Marine Science & Tidepooling       
  • Watershed & Stream Ecology 
  • Conservation & Restoration Ecology
  • Challenge Course & Team Building

Key Science Practices and Concepts:

  • Observe processes, patterns and cycles
  • Ask questions and conduct investigations      
  • Analyze, Interpret and communicate findings






Possible Off-Site Excursion Options:

  • Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve
  • Sonoma State Beach  



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"By the time they got back Friday afternoon, they were exhausted, but still giggling and glowing from a few days away from their normally hectic lives."