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AGUA HEDIONDA LAGOON FOUNDATION / SCHOOL PROGRAMS

FIELD TRIPS - Academy for Environmental Stewardship

Now booking field trips for the 2022-2023 school year! Book Today!

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FIELD TRIPS

The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation's Environmental Stewardship Program provides hands-on classes that stress responsible interaction with our natural surrounding and creates awareness of the environmental impact of day to day activities. Students will break into smaller groups and rotate through stations taught by educators who engage students with interactive activities that bring the lessons to life!

 

AHLF programs are aligned with Common core, History/Social Science, Next Generations Science Standards and STEAM curriculum.

Cost:

  • $17 per student

Student Lessons:

  • 2nd Grade

    • Understanding the Earth’s Systems

  • 3rd Grade

    •  Live the Past

    •  Experience Today

    • Honor the Future

  • 4th Grade:

    •  Colonization

    •  Adaptations

    • Origins

  • 7th Grade: 

    • Human Impacts on the Environment ​

*All programs can be modified for any age group. 

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 FIELD TRIPS

Join us in-person for a 90-minute interactive field trip. The field trip is composed of two 45-minute lessons with the option of eating lunch or snack on Newell's Terrace!

Cost:

  • $5 per student if 10 or more

  • $8 per student is less than 10      (6 student minimum)

Student Lessons:

  • Animal Interactions

  • Nature Hike

  • Who Polluted the Lagoon

  • Pollinator Perspective

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VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

The Academy for Environmental Stewardship goes virtual! Join us via virtual media for a 90-minute field trip. The field trip is composed of three 30-minute lessons per Academy program. The 90-minute program can be taught over the course of 2 or 3 days (60 minutes one day, and 30 minutes the other day or 30 minutes per day). Field trip programming can be shortened to individual 30-minute lessons too. 

 

For grade levels other than 2nd or 3rd Grade, please email info@aguahedionda.org, for customized virtual programming.

Cost:

The field trip is limited to 25 students max.​

  • 90 minute virtual field trip (3 lessons): $239.99

  • 30 minute field trip (1 lesson): $79.99

Student Lessons:

  • 2nd Grade

    • Understanding Earth's Systems

      • Different Strokes for Different Folks

      • Incredible Water Journey

      • Seed Design

  • 3rd Grade

    • Program 1: Live the Past

      • Purpose of Plants

      • Rock Art

      • Weaving

    • Program 2: Experience Today

      • Animal Interactions

      • Bird Beak Design

      • The Times, They are a-Changin’

  • Virtual & on-site field trips are offered Monday-Friday (subject to availability)

  • EST & PST can be accommodated for virtual field trips

  • On-site field trips are offered between 9:30am-2:30pm

  • Build your own field trip: a la carte

    • Design your own field trip by mixing and matching the offered lessons. Choose only 1 or 2 lessons or 3 lessons (virtual) or 4 lessons (on-site). Each lesson is 30-45 minutes long so your field trip can best accommodate the amount of time you want. Cost will be dependent on length of field trip and number of students participating. Don’t see a lesson you want to learn? Email or call for specialization.

Field Trip Cancellation Policy: Teachers and parent volunteers are free. All fees are to be paid one week prior to your field trip. If your payment is late, a $50 late fee will be applied.

If you need to cancel your program for any reason, please email emily.bonds@aguahedionda.org so that we have it in writing. We will respond via email that we received your cancellation. If you do not receive a response to your email, please call (760) 804-1969 and speak with Emily Bonds.

If cancellations occur at least two weeks before the program, no fees apply. If cancellations occur within two weeks before the date of the program, 50% of the entire trip scheduled will be charged. This applies to student absences (if the student count is less on the field trip day but Agua Hedionda was not notified at least two weeks prior, no refund can be issued).

Our program runs rain or shine; no need for cancellation due to inclement weather.

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MEET THE TEACHERS

Emily Bonds, Director of Education 

Emily grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and her love for the great outdoors developed at a young age. The warm weather and ocean drew Emily to Southern California, where she attended Chapman University. She received her B.A. in Integrated Education Studies with an emphasis in Leadership Studies and a Minor in Environmental Science. She also studied abroad in the Turks and Caicos Islands, where she studied marine science and tourism. Her passion for outdoor education and marine science drew her to the AHLF Discovery Center for their Academy of Environmental Stewardship. Emily is excited to be teaching and learning at the AHLF Discovery Center!

 

Bonnie Di Bacco

Bonnie is a Southern California native that grew up with parent’s that were both educators and has always believed education is critical for success. She first experienced the Agua Hedionda program while attending as a chaperone for one of her three children’s field trips. She has degrees from both Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and San Diego State University. She’s spent her entire career working in adverting as an Art Director and Graphic Designer in New York and California and currently works as a freelance Art Director. Teaching at the lagoon has been a big change and it’s been such an amazing experience. Her favorite part is seeing a child’s face light up when they learn something new. The outdoor learning environment keeps it interesting and fun for both the kids and her! She loves that they are learning about the history of our area in a fun and unique way and she truly believes that the knowledge they take away will motivate them to protect and preserve our local environment. 

 

Cassandra Allen

Cassandra Allen was born and raised in San Diego County. Her passion for the environment was a natural consequence of road trips through the mountains to go skiing with her mom. As well as several adventures in the desert with her dad. After attending university abroad at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and International Relations, she has begun earnestly pursuing a legal degree. Through her Juris Doctorate, she hopes to better protect the environment for future generations of environmental stewards. In the meantime, she enjoys teaching and learning with the kids about environmental sustainability at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation. 

Emily Gallego 

Emily is a San Diego native, with a deep love for the environment and education. She is currently a student at Cal State San Marcos majoring in Liberal Studies and minoring in Spanish, with the hopes of continuing her career in education. Teaching at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon has completely changed the way that she looks at education and is entirely grateful for the opportunity to be an Environmental Stewardship Teacher. Being able to educate students outdoors with hands-on activities is a privilege that Emily is excited to be a part of!   

Emily Miethke
Emily grew up in San Diego County and is a Vista local. From an early age, she was taught that being outdoors and exploring nature were critical to a child's development. She spent most of her time outdoors, exploring her grandfather's ranch in Vista, where he raised pigs and let multiple creatures roam. This appreciation for open spaces was further instilled while she attended Mira Costa Community College to earn her AA, and she went on to earn her BA in environmental studies, sustainable agriculture, and agroecology at UC Santa Cruz. She found her passion for preserving the environment and paired it with sustainable agriculture by actively working to show how nature and agriculture can coincide. In addition to working for Agua Hedionda, she is the farm manager of a small farm in Vista. The farm is part of a nonprofit and serves as a vocational facility for individuals with autism, where they raise pigs and chickens and are sent weekly CSA boxes of food grown on the farm. Seeing the firsthand impact the outdoors made on people led her to the foundation to teach youth about the importance of native plants and how they were used for medicine by indigenous people. She encourages curiosity about plants and teaches the importance of preserving what is given to us in nature.

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What are folks saying about their Field Trip experience at AHLF

Our trip to the Discovery center was incredibly informative and inspiring! My students thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they used that momentum for their botanical illustrations project. We are looking forward to our next excursion in the spring.

Megan, Art Teacher

Sage Creek High School, Carlsbad

I appreciate all you and your staff do. The programs are so educational and hands on. I love it and so do the students!

Luz, 3rd Grade Teacher

Mission Elementary, Oceanside

Wow! Just phenomenal... the most valuable Field Trip I have ever attended in terms of pre/post and during activities and curriculum support. I am jazzed to have these follow-up activities... Love the basket weaving template... I may try to fit that in too after the holiday break as we continue our study of Native Americans. Please also give our best regards to the Storyteller... he was grand and so memorable to the kids for his content and delivery.

Lucy, Third Grade Teacher

Breeze Hill Elementary, Vista

Thank you for such an enjoyable, engaging 'outdoor school' experience. Our students learned so many things and now have an appreciation for how hard people in the past had to work to survive.As always, we can't wait until we come again. Please tell your teachers how much I admire their expertise and how well they worked with our students!

Karen, Third Grade Teacher

Jefferson Elementary, Carlsbad

We had a fantastic time! The kids really enjoyed everything and learned a ton. We would definitely like to come back next year!

Summer, 3rd Grade Teacher

Carrillo Elementary, Carlsbad

Our students, parents, and teachers all enjoyed their day at the Discovery Center. Your fabulous staff and engaging curriculum made it a fun and educational day. We hope to be able to return to the center for another great experience next year.

Eunice, 3rd Grade Teacher

Carrillo Elementary, Carlsbad

We had such a great experience at the field trip today! The kids loved it too! The presentations were all stellar and we would love to return!

Betsy, Third Grade Teacher

North Terrace Elementary, Oceanside

Students were able to learn about their community and respect the environment and the importance of preserving it!

Tappin, 3rd Grade Teacher

St. Patrick Catholic School, Carlsbad

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