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Field Trips Online at Tule Ponds

2021 winter registeration

pictures and video of Tule Ponds  (click)
Location:  Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon (1999 Walnut Ave, Fremont) (near Fremont BART Station)
17 acres of pure nature and exploration
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Winter field trips will be virtual.  FREE ZOOM (Alameda County)(FIELD TRIPS ONLINE!). 
1 hour virtual tour and worksheets with activities that students can do at home will be available.  Teachers should REGISTER for appropriate grade and time slots  listed below.   Look at following link to see which days and times are available for winter, 2021.  All presentations are from 11-12 Pacific Standard Time. See below for scheduled times.  Teachers will get a code that they will have to send to their students.  Homeschoolers can also register and they will get their own code.  This is from a grant from Alameda County so we need to keep track of participants.   Email with any question or call Hagos at (510)790-6284 for help with registration. 

PLEASE NOTE:   If you cannot attend after you register please email us so we can allow other people to attend. Please sign up only for your grade level, which is repeated each month.  Do not register for more than one.

School districts  or a school can arrange a teacher workshops by contacting Joyce Blueford (

Scientist will guide students through a virtual tour with video, live presentation, and more. Zoom meeting will start at 10:30 and end at 11:30 including 10 minutes for questions. Students can sign in 15 minutes before. We will reserve about 10 minutes for questions depending on how large the audience.  We have limited amount of devices with our Zoom account. Register early   Please inform us if you cannot attend.... if teachers are signing up for their class please provide the number of students. Worksheets of field trips are included below.
TK - FIRST Grade Animals of Tule Ponds
worksheet Duck headband

This special session will focus on animals with backbones (mammals, birds,etc) and without backbones (insects) at Tule Ponds.  We will use talk about the food chain and have the students participate in large motor skill activities. (30-45 minutes-depending on attention)
Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers  January 12, Tuesday 10:30 am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers  March 2, Tuesday 10:30 am
 First Grade
Trees of Tule Ponds
worksheet (Herby-Woody)

Tule Ponds is a restoration area that was replanted with native trees, shrubs and flowers.  Now it is an urban forest providing large trees as shelter to many native animals.  You will learn all about the trees and how important they are helping the environment for hundreds of years. 
Students will learn how to describe leaves and bark.  These skills will help them to identify trees around their community.  They will be able to make a leaf bookmark from local trees.

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers January 29, Friday 10:30 am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers February 9, Tuesday  10:30am 

Second Grade 
Biodiversity of Tule Ponds
worksheet (animal cutouts)
Monarch Life Cycle

 Come explore the amazing animals that live with us at Tule Pond!  This wildlife sanctuary is home to many vertebrates including frogs, turtles, birds, fish and mammals. Can you find them and their homes? What do they eat? How do they live here? Do they live near your home? Come and explore the trails, meadows, and creeks at Tule Pond. We will  have fun exploring inside and outside.

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers January 19, Tuesday 10:30am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers February 5, Friday 10:30am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers March 5, Friday 10:30am

Third Grade
Ohlone Culture at Tule Ponds
basket weaving
arrowhead descriptions

how to make a tule doll
Tule Ponds was a site where the Ohlones would fish and collect seeds from the Native Plants.  Students will learn about the native vegetation that allowed them to live and prosper for thousands of years.  Students will learn how the Ohlone's used the area for food and shelter. They will see how they built homes and even toys from tules. They will learn a weaving activiy that they can do at home.
Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers January 26, Tuesday 10:30am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers February 16, Tuesday 10:30am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers March 9, Tuesday 10:30am
Fourth Grade
Wetland in the City-Designing with Science
plankton guide
microscope animation
microscope worksheet

Tule Ponds is next to an urban center and home to many native animals that have no place to go because of human intervention.  Wetland in the City takes you from when it was restored and how we take care of the food web for all the plants and animals to survive. Learn how organisms from microorganism to animals use water in their biological systems. 
Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers January 22, Friday 10:30 am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers February 12, Friday  10:30 am
Chemistry of Aquatic Systems
periodic table

Water is a life giving compound for not only humans but all organisms. Watersheds are areas where water flows. Pollutants from surrounding watershed can make water area not fit for organims. Learn about the elements and compounds that can cause problems and where they come from. Explore how fresh fish have trouble surviving in polluted water.

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers February 2, Tuesday 10:30am 

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers March 19, Tuesday 10:30am

 Sixth/Middle Grade Earthquake Walk from Tule to Stivers Lagoon
San Francisco Bay Fault Map

Tule Ponds is a jewel in the middle of Fremont.  It was created by the Hayward Fault and the underground aquifers that provide water for Tyson Lagoon. This tours looks at how the Hayward fault goes through the east bay and leaves clues.  We will visit the building being ripped apart by a slow moving fault.  We will look at evidence at Tule Ponds to trace the fault.
Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers   January 15, Friday 10:30am 

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers  February 19, Friday 10:30am

Eventbrite - Biogeology, Soil, Decomposers  March 16, Tuesday 10:30am

See what the field trips are like:  See some of the recorded materials and worksheets that are also available to educators.
Field Trip Online!  Activities and Lesson Plans

for more information on classes

Joyce Blueford  (

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Hagos (510)790-6284  or