TINS field-based programs are ever-expanding. We offer several nature-based, outdoor learning experiences that can be adapted to meet the needs of any K-12 classroom, and are tied into the Next Generation Science Standards adopted by both California and Nevada. Our field trips connect students to nature through the place-based learning aspect of outdoor education. Students who participate in our field-based programs have a greater appreciation and understanding of our local environment. We often collaborate with other organizations and scientists to develop and deliver the highest quality learning experiences possible.
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Funding for field trips provided by EpicPromise.
General Nature Walks
Bird Banding Field Trip
Our bird banding field trips teach students about local research on resident and migrating birds at our bird banding stations, bird identification—including birds' size, sex, and overall health, and other topics teachers desire such as the physics of bird flight and an in depth look at feathers. These field trips give students the unique opportunity to experience field research as it is happening. Students also experience live, wild birds up-close as they learn about our research programs' connection to continent-wide bird banding efforts. Through these connections, students learn the importance of assessing bird banding data to enhance the surrounding habitat for bird populations, as well as the impact of human development in regards to land management.
Winter Wildlife Survival Snowshoe Trek
Geology of the Sierra Nevada
Geology of the Sierra Nevada allows students to experience the processes that formed the Sierra Nevada. The field trip starts with a brief presentation on the formation of the Sierra Nevada before heading to various locations in the field to see how glaciers helped shape the current topography as well as the evidence of other geologic processes.
Currently available for field trips to locations in Truckee. Tahoe Basin routes are being developed.