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SCOE Collaborates to Create Series of Virtual Field Trips

Engaging Videos Teach Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Concepts

Still frames from video with teachers and children learning about the American River environment

SCOE Curriculum Specialists Phil Romig (top left) and Jonathan Rhodea (bottom left) recorded a series of video lessons to share some of the amazing natural resources found in the Sacramento area.

With traditional field trips currently on hold due to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Curriculum and Instruction Department at the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) has been hard at work to bring some of these formative experiences online. SCOE collaborated with the American River Parkway Foundation (ARPF) to create an engaging series of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) video lessons for students, recorded on location at the River Bend Outdoor Education site and the Effie Yeaw Nature Center.

SCOE and the Parkway Foundation have been working together since 2015 to bring fourth- through seventh-grade students to the River Bend site to learn about STEM topics. More than 6,600 students from 76 Sacramento-area schools have attended the program, exploring the 10-acre outdoor oasis on the banks of the American River.

After completing the new video series, families are encouraged to visit the American River Parkway in person—making sure to take appropriate physical distancing and safety precautions—to experience one of Sacramento’s finest natural resources and make real-life scientific observations.

American River Parkway STEM Video Lessons

River Bend Virtual Field Trips

Effie Yeaw Nature Lessons

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Aerial view of American River
Deer sitting in the grass under a tree
Father and daughter catching a fish from the American River in a small boat