Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon
IN PERSON AND VIRTUAL
(ALL FREE for Alameda County Schools only)
LIMITED TO 100 CLASSES PER YEAR, BOOK EARLY
in person: Call Math/Science Nucleus (510) 790-6284 or email
to schedule a
date. Email us a few dates and we will get back with you as soon as possible. Each field trip is a 2 hour docent led tour with different
activities for each grade level. We sometimes emphasize different content
areas if requested by teacher. Schools may have lunch at Tule Ponds at no
extra cost up to 30 minutes. However,
teachers must supervise children and use our recycling containers and be responsible
1 hour virtual tour through Zoom and
worksheets with activities that students can do at home or class.
You may schedule for entire school! Limited one per
school. These are free also on a limited basis. First come,
1999 Walnut Ave
Fremont, CA 94536
Fremont BART Station)
VIRTUAL (most components of at facility, tour through Zoom, registration
Calif. Science Correlation
Children take a tour of Tule Ponds with a focus on investigating plant
structures, learning functions of plant parts, and observing animal
behaviors. They make an elderberry “instrument”
like that of the early Ohlone Indians
Trees of Tule Ponds
Plant and Animal Diversity
Students look at biodiversity of organisms in a wetland ecosystem. They tour
Tule Ponds looking for plant and animal species including various native
trees, and other plants, birds, butterflies, and frogs.
worksheet (animal cutouts)
Monarch Life Cycle
Wetland Ecosystem and Life of Ohlones
the animals and plants that live in different habitats within the wetland.
They learn how the Ohlone's used the area for food and shelter. Students create a bookmark with leaves of native
plants or make a Tule doll.
(note this also is part of History
Ohlone Culture at Tule Ponds
how to make a tule
Designing Solutions - Constructed Wetlands
Students learn how engineering and restoration have helped enhance Tule
Ponds, our water supply system, and the surrounding city.
They use microscopes to look at plankton and monitor the performance
of the constructed wetland system
|Wetland in the City
||Stormwater and Wetland Chemistry
The elements and compounds found in the stormwater can
pollute and cause damage to wildlife and plants.
Chemistry of Aquatic Systems
Climate Change through Time
The Hayward Fault created Tyson Lagoon
over time, the change in this area is related in part to plate tectonics.
See how microorganisms tell a story over time.
from Tule to Stivers Lagoon
PLEASE EMAIL US THE INFORMATION WITH SEVERAL DATES AND WE WILL
CONTACT YOU ABOUT AVAILABILITY (
Want to keep informed on
school field trips and teacher workshops held in the San Francisco Bay
area, just put your email in the above mailing list. You can
remove yourself at any time. This helps our non-profit get
information to you without the cost of postage. We do not
sell nor share our lists with any other organization.
After booking we require a minimum of 3 week cancellation notice or subject to $50.00
penalty unless due to weather. We are reimbursed the cost of the field
trip from the county only if we provide the service. We can not guarantee that
cancellations can be rescheduled.
it rains? This facility is a flood control area, and during rains we
can still visit the ponds. We will have umbrellas to walk a shorter
version of the trail. We have appropriate hands on activities
inside. If the rains are very hard, we will reschedule if we have
available dates with no penalty.
from Alameda County or we are over the 112 free:
Price: $200 for 2 hour class.
Classes limited to
32 students (exceptions for larger classes are sometimes made if
scheduled as an event)
For more information on Tule Ponds at
Tyson Lagoon click
DIRECTIONS: 1999 Walnut Ave, Fremont (click
here for map, driving, and BART information)
You will receive an email reminder about 3 weeks
prior to field trip.
Images of Tule Ponds Field
By Mrs. Lew’s 2nd Grade Class
(March, 2009) James Madison Elementary School, San Leandro
We enjoyed the Tule Ponds nature walk
And listening to your interesting talk.
So many plants we saw and touched
Like sycamore leaves, tule, and such.
We smelled freshly picked bay leaves
Lavender bush and California poppies.
Adventurous ones who were unafraid
Tasted sour grass by such a blade.
We didn’t know that the willow tree
Was the natural headache remedy
A milkweed seed pod went “pop” with ease
Seeds floated like a parachute on the breeze.
In the greenhouse like growing seeds
We felt the mist and warmth it needs
The animal life was so amazing to see
Painted lady butterflies and honey bees
When you lifted a log to see what breeds
We saw bloodworms, roly-poly and centipedes.
The skunk den, raccoon bones and crayfish
Were animal evidence that we saw.
We found milkweed beetles, mosquito fish,
Yellow-eyed bullfrogs that go splish
Walking quietly with sharp ears, we heard
Ducks, coots, blue jays and a red-winged blackbird.
You showed us new things, like an osprey,
Catkins, and a home made of tule.
The irrigation tunnels were cool to explore,
We’ve never yelled in one before!
We learned so much and enjoyed our stay
Tule Ponds field trips was awesome day!
At the facility
(DISCONTINUED FOR 2020): We have
112 free classes for schools in Alameda County. Please state your
name, school, district, grade, how many children, and preferred date
and time (9:30-11:30; 12:30-2:30)(schedule is flexible if school is
traveling). Please register early for free classes, they fill up
quickly. Note no more than 5 classes per
school or one grade level.
The field trip is an exciting
experience for students and teachers alike. Unlike most
nature areas, students are able to touch and experience an urban
wildlife. The area is dissected by the Hayward Fault
and is one of the oldest natural lakes in the East Bay (over 4000
years old). This 17 acre facility is only open to school groups with
occasional public tours. The wetland is only 100 feet east of
the Fremont BART station. The classroom has 4 lab areas, for a
true hands-on science experience.
Please email for quick response.
Also to see virtual days. If it says Tule on a date, it is taken so
please request another date. Also we would need to confirm (we
sometimes have other things going on with staff.) Thank you.
These trips are paid for by Alameda County Flood
Control and Water Conservation District. Math Science Nucleus
manages the facility for this agency. If you are out of Alameda County or
we no longer have any free trips available, you can still schedule a
trip for $200.00.