Photo of a child exploring the outdoors. “Looking back, I realize that nurturing curiosity and the instinct to seek solutions are perhaps the most important contributions education can make.”
–Paul Berg

Sly Park Virtual Learning

Our mission is to engage students, support science instruction and teach the importance of our role in being stewards of the environment.

With COVID protocols, many students are not able to attend an outdoor science camp and with the extreme wildfire concerns, Environmental Science is even more relevant than ever before. Although students cannot currently come to our campus, our Virtual Learning lessons allow a virtual field trip to be delivered to you.

All lessons are designed to address not only the NGSS standards (Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts) but also California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts. Lessons will be supported with a Science 5E Instructional model with live instruction, hyper-docs, videos, and digital resources. There will also be short self-guided activities for students to complete between lessons known as Home Investigations.

Distance Learning Lessons

Sly Park Teachers will provide 5th-6th grade classrooms with a weekly NGSS Science lesson. The lessons will range from 45-50 minutes and support the current unit of study the classroom teacher is covering. The presentations can be an extension to the teacher’s Distance Learning lesson or a separate lesson.

All materials are designed by the Sly Park teachers. Schools with several classes are eligible for a structured discount. (See table below for pricing of the first unit.)

Number of classrooms by school 1-3 4-6 7+
5th Grade Matter Management Unit (per class) 5 lessons in the Unit $500 $450 $400
6th Grade Forest Ecology Unit (per class) 5 lessons in the Unit $500 $450 $400

Check with your Business Office for the potential use of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Schools and districts must expend these funds before December 30, 2020 as any remaining funds will be reverted back to the federal government.

Virtual Outdoor Education

During this 5-day experience students learn how to be citizen scientists, capable of tapping into their natural scientist skills to better understand, take care of and advocate for their local environment. Daily lessons of 1.5 hours to 2 hours include synchronous and asynchronous components designed and sequenced to support students' academic, social and emotional learning.

The cost is $1200 per class and includes our Sly Park Science Kit as well as all instructional materials used during the lessons and in between classroom visits.

If your district or school is interested, please complete the Spring Virtual Instructional Survey. By completing the survey, you are only expressing interest. Our team will follow up to answer questions and discuss next steps.