Due to COVID-19, the Daniels Nature Center has been closed, and all in-person on-site Spaces & Species field trips have been suspended until further notice.
Virtual Field Trips
Join Midpen Environmental Education Specialist Nina Vuoso on a Virtual Field Trip around Alpine Pond. Learn about habitats, making nature observations, and taking notes outside. Then, take your nature observation skills on a walk around your habitat: your neighborhood!
Watch the video, and download the Student Nature Notebook, also available in Spanish. In this activity, with support from an adult, students will plan and carry out a Field Trip at home. This activity is designed for students grades 3-5, but some parts can be modified for grades K-2 with ample adult support and supervision. More tips for teachers can be found in the Teacher’s Guide.
Synchronous Field Trip distance learning programs are under development. Sign up for the Spaces & Species email list below to receive updates.
For information about the Daniels Nature Center and Spaces & Species program prior to COVID-19, download a brochure of Spaces & Species: Exploring Natural Communities.
How to Get to the Field Trip Location
Please know before you go, check the most up to date COVID19 messages before planning a visit to Skyline Ridge Preserve, Alpine Pond and nearby trails. The Daniels Nature Center will be closed until further notice.
For convenient access to the Nature Center and Alpine Pond, park in the Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve parking lot, located on the northwest corner of the Page Mill Road/Alpine Road and Skyline Boulevard (Highway 35) intersection (across Skyline Boulevard on the right). Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve is at least a 40-minute drive from Palo Alto. Please allow plenty of travel time and be sure to discuss the location and route details with drivers in advance of the day of your scheduled field trip.
Download directions to the Spaces & Species field trip meeting location.
The District uses an electronic mailing and reservation system for this program. If you are unable to receive our solicitation emailing for any reason (some schools may have restrictive email security settings), you can still get information about the upcoming season by checking back at this page which will be updated at the end of July for the fall season and mid-January for spring,