Extending the Foothill Horizons Experience

Extension Activities:

Our program is designed to give students first-hand experiences in discovering the outdoor world.  It is also intended to excite and motivate them for further investigations after leaving Foothill Horizons.  Here are some cross-curricular ideas to connect outdoor school with other learning.

The ABC's of Foothill / (PDF Version)
Comparative Ecosystem Study / (PDF Version)
Conservation in Action / (PDF Version)
Forest Mathematics / (PDF Version)
Hierarchies Happen / (PDF Version)
Letter Writing / (PDF Version)
Jeopardy / Answer Key
The Lorax / (PDF Version)
Simulated Field Trip / (PDF Version)
Student Post-Survey
Tree Phenology / (PDF Version)
Watch this informational video
Journals: 3 Day / 4/5 Day Journal
Foothill Music Videos & Song Lyrics

These resources could easily tie into curriculum-linked projects, but are not directly correlated with grade six curriculum standards.  View hard copies in the Teachers' Retreat, then print them off for yourself from the links below:

Building a Bat House
Home Energy Action Plan
Vermicomposting in the Classroom


John Muir Laws Scientific Journaling 
Students learn how to make careful observations of plants and animals through fun journaling activities correlated with Common Core.

New! Project Budburst
Students learn to make observations by studying a plant or shrub at your school through this citizen science organization.

California Audobon App
Download a California specific field guide for your classroom.

Me-wuk Culture & Language
Me-wuk dictionary and other information.

Environmental Education Initiative (EEI)
These units are approved by CDE and are replacement science units. They are free and easy to use.

California Regional Environmental Education Community
The CREEC Network provides educators with access to high quality environmental education resources—lesson plans, grants, conferences, field trips, and free materials.

Talk About Trees  
TAT educates children about the responsible management and use of California’s trees. You’ll find 4th-6th grade lesson plans on sustainability with vocabulary lists and games, and free curriculum packets! TAT facilitators provide thousands of free one-hour presentations to classrooms throughout California each year.

Project WILD
K-12 curriculum focuses on wildlife, habitats, and conservation. Each activity contains objectives, methods, materials, and key terms. Sign up for their teacher training workshops.

Project WET
This is a well-known international, interdisciplinary water education program for K-12.

GLOBE Program: Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment
An international science and education program, GLOBE is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students and teachers from over 4,000 schools in over 60 countries are working with research scientists to learn more about our planet.

Great Explorations in Math and Science  
GEMS provides over 70 guides, project kits, and handbooks for activity-based learning in math and science. Developed by UC Berkeley, GEMS curricula is used all over the country for students K-8.

Green Teacher  
Find great articles on a wide range of topics: snakes, soil, tracking, vernal ponds, and more! Learn how to integrate writing and art into science curriculum. Updated workshop and book lists.

Great Valley Museum of Natural Science
Right in your backyard—this Modesto museum has a wealth of exhibits on the different habitats of the Central Valley, with live animal presentations!

Association of Environmental and Outdoor Education
Information on California’s network of outdoor schools with information on spring and fall state conferences.

Water Conservation
Learn easy tips and tricks that students and their families can use to conserve water in their homes.