Arrival Times

If your program starts at 9:15, be at the picnic tables at 9:10.

If your program starts at 11:10, be at the picnic tables at 11:00.

SPLASH website

Mather Field Preserve has an excellent website with great information about the plants and animals that live in and around vernal pools. If you want to prepare yourself or your students for what they might see here, this is the place to look.


Preparations for your Visit

Visiting the WNC is a great way to get your student outside and involved with the natural world around them. We can help you prepare your students for their visit with some downloadable guides and checklists (check the left column).

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Arrival to the WNC

If you haven’t been here before, it can be a little tricky to find us. This will give you the help you need to park your vehicle and find the WNC.


Grouping Your Students

This information will help you organize your students and chaperones into appropriately sized groups for the staging area shows and the trail hikes.


Facilities and Attire

Are there bathrooms? What’s the trail like? Are there drinking fountains? Answers to all those important questions and more.


Final Stop and Evaluations

The entire program takes about an hour and 25 minutes. We will escort you back to the picnic area at that time and you are welcome to stay and have lunch if you wish. The docents will give you and the chaperones an evaluation at... ---

Rain, Wind, and Sun

Here’s how we handle the rainy days and other bothersome weather.


Late Arrivals

We had many schools arrive 15-20 min. late for the early program last year, which puts us in quite a pickle. This will explain how we are going to deal with that this year.



These are directions for a simple journal that we would like students to use along the trail to record their observations.