For 50 years, the staff at the Sly Park Environmental Education Center has been educating students from the greater Sacramento area and beyond. Due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), Sly Park unveiled a series of pre-recorded outdoor science field trips this April. Because many students are still engaged in distance learning, the outdoor environmental education program in the Eldorado National Forest has also developed a way to support outdoor education remotely.
Schools have the opportunity for their fifth- and sixth-grade students to participate in weekly, 45-minute lessons that are part of a 4- to 6-week program. The live lessons, conducted by video, are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards and are taught by the credentialed Sly Park science teachers, bringing environmental education straight to students. The goal is for a Sly Park teacher to work collaboratively with the classroom teacher in support of their distance learning lessons.
How to Learn More
With the extreme weather events and wildfires being experienced, environmental science has never been more relevant than it is today. To receive detailed information about participating in the program, complete the Sly Park Distance Learning Survey. (Submitting the form only expresses interest in the program; you will be contacted with more information and to discuss next steps.)
About Sly Park
The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) operates the Sly Park Environmental Education Center, an outdoor school campus that typically brings almost 8,000 fifth- and sixth-grade students into the forest each year to learn about the outdoors and science in a residential school setting.