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Mt. Tamalpais Field Trip Reservation Form

  1. Please use this form to reserve your Watershed Ecology & Restoration (grades 3-5) or Field Science & Restoration (grades 10-12) field trip. All programs are free and are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to change or cancellation at any time. To qualify, schools must be located in the Marin Municipal Water District’s service area.

    • A typical field trip lasts three hours, starting at 9 a.m. and ending at noon.
    • Field trips take place at Phoenix Lake, Bon Tempe Lake, or Lake Lagunitas.
    • MMWD staff visit the classroom prior to the trip to prepare students and teachers for the experience. This lesson can be 20 to 60 minutes—it is up to you. Teachers must attend.
    • Bus reimbursements are available, up to $500 per school, on a first-come, first-served basis.

  2. Please mark your first, second, and third preference for dates and times. Field trips are available Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from approximately November through May. We will also book a rain date using your preferences.

  3. Please choose a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

  4. Classroom visits take place about one week before your visit to the mountain. The visits are available weekdays, except Mondays. Please let us know scheduling preferences below.

  5. I understand that:

    • I am responsible for ensuring that an adult-to-student ratio of 1:10 for elementary school students and 1:15 for high school students is maintained on the day of the field trip;
    • Natural hazards may be encountered on this field trip, including poison oak, bees, wasps, snakes, ticks, changing weather, and uneven terrain;
    • Participants may perform physical labor, including manually pulling non-native plants and building trails;
    • Field trip may be cancelled in the event of severe weather at the discretion of MMWD;
    • I am responsible for ensuring that all drivers and vehicles remain on site and accessible throughout the duration of the field trip;
    • Products exist to help prevent poison oak (like Ivy Block) and/or to remove oil on the skin after exposure (like Technu), and I understand that these products could be applied at home or school with parental permission to reduce the chances of getting poison oak;
    • The best way to avoid poison oak and other natural hazards is to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and closed-toed shoes;
    • I am solely responsible for all field trip participants if I choose to stay on watershed lands with my group after the conclusion of the MMWD-led portion of the field trip, and I understand that MMWD staff will not be providing oversight after the conclusion of the MMWD-led portion;
    • All participating students must complete a MMWD Student Permission Slip and return the form to MMWD before the field trip.

  6. Once we have scheduled your sessions, we will contact you and send maps with driving directions plus student permission slips. Signed permission slips will be collected at the classroom visit. If you have any questions about your field trip, please contact Suzanne Whelan at 415-945-1128 or by email at volunteerprogram@marinwater.org. We are looking forward to seeing you and your students soon!

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