OUTDOOR EDUCATION AT THE DESERT PRESERVES
The Wildland's Conservancy's Desert Preserves include Whitewater, Mission Creek and Pioneertown Mountains Preserves. All three preserves are watersheds that actively contribute water to local desert aquifers. Our school programs are offered free of charge and provide exemplary ecological education to students in outstanding wild places close to Coachella Valley and Hi Desert communities. Due to the 2006 Sawtooth Complex Fire, programs at Pioneertown Mountains Preserve are limited (contact us for more information).
Our programs are designed to cover pertinent life and physical science standards within current California Science Standards frameworks and we work closely with the Palm Springs Unified School District Science Specialist to make sure our programs work for current educational requirements. The program focus to date has been on desert water cycles and on watershed ecology with grade focus primarily on 4th, 5th, 6th and high school levels. However, we do accept other grade level requests and we are happy to work with teachers who have special requests and focus requirements.
All Programs include pre-visit materials, including a teacher letter verifying date, location, directions and general program information, a teacher checklist of things to remember prior to the program, a letter to inform parents of program day and how to prepare student, a chaperone guide for parents who agree to chaperone students and an evaluation for teachers to fill out after their program. These materials will be sent to you by email. The 4th and 5th grade classes will also receive a pre-visit PowerPoint to prepare students for program focus. You may request Spanish language versions of parent and chaperone information.
Programs generally run for 3 hours, beginning at approximately 10 am and concluding at approximately 1 pm. The program includes an introduction, walk/activities, student picnic lunch period and after lunch activities.
Our preserves also host students in environmental and service learning projects. Past projects have included water testing, invasive plant removal and native plant re-vegetation.
Transportation for Desert Hot Springs programs at Mission Creek Preserve for 5th and high school grades are funded by the Desert Hot Springs Groundwater Guardians with funding from the Mission Springs Water District.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
For more information about TWC's Outdoor Education Programs at the Desert Preserves, please contact:
Outdoor Education Director
RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS