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.

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.

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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



Westminster Woods' Challenge Course is offered  as an optional program feature in which students develop problem-solving and team-building skills. School groups may choose to include low or high elements, or both. Our facilitators provide expert guidance and help students connect lessons to daily life, learn to trust others, and discover new strengths within themselves.

To inquire about or reserve an Environmental Education and/or Challenge Course experience for your school or group, contact Kim Becker at kim@westminsterwoods.org or 707-874-2426 x624.






Students assisting with the release of Coho salmon smolts into Dutch Bill Creek.



"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."