Golden Gate School Programs | Outdoor Education in the Marin Headlands

School & Group Environmental Science at Golden Gate

On the shores of the Pacific Ocean, on the site of a historic WWII military post, students study environmental science, learn teamwork, and strengthen their connection with nature.

Your NatureBridge Program

Ready to plan your trip? We’ve put together the resources you need to streamline the planning process. Please look over the contents below. If you need additional information, please call or e-mail as directed in the sections below.

Plan your educational experience.

Logistics and Forms

Logistical Checklist: to help you plan and organize your program with us from the first step to arrival day.

Required Paperwork:

We recommend using the latest version of Adobe Reader (download free) to electronically fill out the following planning forms.

Planning Questionnaire: please sumbit this required form online at least 4 weeks prior to the start of your program.

Learning Group List - Excel or Adobe: due at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your program, Learning Group Lists not only group your participants for their learning day, but also communicate important medical and dietary information.

Participant Registration Form - English or Spanish: all students and adults (teachers too!) must complete and sign this form to participate in our programs. Forms should be mailed at least 3 weeks prior to the start of your program or handed in upon arrival.

Resources for preparing for your program:

New to NatureBridge at Golden Gate: Sign up for a teacher webinar to learn the basics of preparing for your program.

Guidelines for Selecting Chaperones: use this guide and application to help select great chaperones to support your trip.

Program Overview for Chaperones - English or Spanish:  This lays out the trip and discusses the chaperone’s role in program success. Also found in the Chaperone Packet below.

Letter to Families - English or Spanishuse this letter to give parents and families an overview of your program dates, costs, and important deadlines. Also found in the Family Packet below.

Food Restrictions: unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate all food restrictions, although we work hard to accommodate as many as possible. This guideline will help you plan for any students or adults with food restrictions.

NatureBridge Store: Visit our online store to order souvenirs and gear for your program.

Guide to Activity Time: every group has three hours of Activity Time or free time each day. Use this guide to prepare. Planning ahead for Activity Time is key to ensuring student safety and preventing chaperone burnout!

Paperwork Packets:

Family Packet - English or Spanish: all of the paperwork that families need in one convenient packet. Be sure to fill in your group's information in the Letter to Parents at the beginning of the packet.

Chaperone Packet - English or Spanish: all of the paperwork that your chaperones need in one convenient packet. 

Have questions about any of these forms?  Contact our Director of Operations, Steve Soesbe, at ssoesbe@naturebridge.org or call 415-332-5771 ext 24.

Teaching Tools

Help prepare your students for their visit.

Classroom visits: are available for pre- and post–trip lessons for classrooms located within 50 miles or one hour of campus. These visits are designed to help better prepare students for their trip and create meaningful connections between students’ experiences on our campus and their home communities. Please contact Steve Soesbe at ssoesbe@naturebridge.org or call 415-332-5771 ext 24 to arrange a pre- or post-trip visit. Due to limited staff size and availability, we may not be able to accommodate every request. 

Next steps: Are you looking for documents to share with your students and parents? Download registration forms and more in “Information for Students & Families.”

Participant Registration Form - English or Spanish: All students and adults (teachers too!) must complete and sign this form to participate in our programs. Do not forget to sign!

Family Information - English or Spanish: New to NatureBridge or want more information about the NatureBridge program in Golden Gate? This handout is for you! 

Clothing and Equipment List with Student Contract - English or SpanishFrom rain gear to respect, this handout has everything that your student needs to bring to be prepared for their NatureBridge program.

Food Restrictions: unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate all food restrictions, although we work hard to accommodate as many as possible. This guideline will help you plan for any students or adults with food restrictions.

NatureBridge Store: Visit our online store for souvenirs and gear for your student's trip.

Introduction for parents and guardians

Watch a short video that provides an overview of what your student's stay will be like here at NatureBridge's Golden Gate campus.

Trouble viewing? View and download in full quality (33 MB)

Next steps: Are you participating in the program as a chaperone? Visit the “Information for Chaperones” for details.

Thank you for volunteering to be a chaperone!  Your positive attitude and willingness to participate during the instructional day is of great importance to both students and NatureBridge staff. 

Program Overview for Chaperones - English or Spanish:  This lays out the trip and discusses the chaperone’s role in program success.

Participant Registration Form - English or Spanish: All students and adults (teachers too!) must complete and sign this form to participate in our programs. Do not forget to sign!

Guide to Activity Time: every group has three hours of Activity Time or free time each day. Use this guide to prepare. Planning ahead for Activity Time is key to ensuring student safety and preventing chaperone burnout!

Food Restrictions: unfortunately, we are not able to accommodate all food restrictions, although we work hard to accommodate as many as possible. This guideline will help you plan for any students or adults with food restrictions.

If you decide to participate as a chaperone on one of our programs, you can expect:

  • To hike 2-3 miles a day with elevation gains.
  • To participate as a positive role model during the program. You will be in charge of 24 hour supervision and discipline for students in your care.
  • To be in a different learning group than your son/daughter. In our 40 years of experience, we have found that students engage more freely with their group members without a parent present.
  • To possibly not participate in day programs each day. No more than two adults are allowed to hike with each learning group.

Working together

Fundraising can be a fun and creative group activity. When students work together to raise funds for an exciting goal, the process becomes a fulfilling endeavor. Many schools provide their students with the opportunity to raise their own tuition or funds for transportation to campus. Community investment in students and schools increases when local businesses, civic groups, and families have an opportunity to participate and engage in the fundraising process.

Funding Ideas

View our page of fundraising ideas to get your creative juices flowing. If you have a creative idea or a success story you would like to share with other teachers, please send us your idea.

Grants

View our page of grant opportunities and writing tips to get you started.  If you have a success story you would like to share with other teachers, please send us your idea.

NatureBridge Scholarships

NatureBridge is committed to reaching students in all of the communities we serve. Thanks to the generosity of donors, NatureBridge offers scholarships to approximately 35 percent of our schools.  Scholarships are awarded based on the free and reduced lunch rate of a school (or private-school equivalent) and/or other supplemental information to support need.
 

If you believe your school or group may qualify for a scholarship, please fill out and submit a scholarship application form to jweston@naturebridge.org or call 415-332-5771 ext 21.

Classroom visit: Please email Steve Soesbe at ssoesbe@naturebridge.org or call at 415-332-5771 ext 24 to arrange a pre- or post-trip visit.

Professional Development: Spend a weekend with other teachers in one of our professional development workshops to continue your educational experience.

Join us for a family program: Did your child have a fantastic time?  Bring your family back to one of our family programs.

Service and Stewardship: Continue offering stewardship opportunities for your students through one of these Northern California organizations. 

Plan next year’s trip: Please contact Jeanelle Steiner at jsteiner@naturebridge.org to reserve time for your next visit. 

Or inquire via phone:
Jeanelle Steiner
415-332-5771 ext 28

 

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