School Programs

**Alert: Program offerings have changed, view our new line up below.**

Let Sulphur Creek help you share the wild and wooly world of native wildlife with your students as they learn about this unique and diverse land known as the San Francisco Bay Area. Our interactive programs with live animals are designed to conform to California State standards as they draw students into the lives and habitats of the animals that live around our area.  

All listed programs can be performed at Sulphur Creek or at your location unless otherwise noted.  Outreach Only indicates we can only perform this program at your location.  Inhouse Only indicates we can only perform this program at Sulphur Creek.

Reservation Procedure

 

Booking Schedule:
September 1st: booking opens for January-May of next calendar year.
January 1st: booking opens for June-August of current year.
May 1st: booking opens for September-December of current year.


For booking information fill out Program Request Form, or call (510) 881-6747 to speak with a naturalist at Sulphur Creek. Call at least one month prior to your intended program date. Preparation materials will be sent to teachers after reservations are made. All programs are one hour unless otherwise noted. Preschool programs are designed for up to 24 children.  School & Group programs are designed for up to 32 children.

Pricing for Programs at Sulphur Creek


In District 
(Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo & unincorporated Hayward)
Out of District 
(all other cities)

Preschool Rates   

One - 30 minute program$70$87.50
Two - 30 minute programs
$125
$156.25




School/Group Rates

One - 1 hour program
(additional programs available at same rate)
$114
$142.50
One - 45 minute Park Tour
$70
$87.50
One - 1 hour Park Tour (with two animals)
$100
$125


Pricing for Programs at your Location


In District 
(Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo & unincorporated Hayward)
Out of District 
(all other cities, additional travel fees listed below)

Preschool Rates  

One - 30 minute program$108$135
Two - 30 minute programs (at same location)$170$212.50




School/Group Rates
One - 1 hour program$156$195
Two - 1 hour programs
(at same location)
$299$373.75
Three - 1 hour programs
(at same location)
$412$515
Animal Learning Lab
(50 minutes - 1 hour)
$75

$99

Owl Pellet Lab fee
$30
$30




Additional Fees
Mileage (5-15 miles, one way)
Not applicable
$15/day flat fee
Mileage (16-25 miles, one way)
Not applicable
$25/day flat fee
Mileage (over 25 miles, one way)
Not applicable
$50/day flat fee

Travel Range Map is located at the bottom of this page, contact us for areas outside of this range.

Programs Offered at Sulphur Creek or In Your Classroom:

The following programs can be performed at Sulphur Creek or in your classroom.



Animal Discoveries (Pre-school only, 30 min or 1 hour) 

Discover the wonder of animals, both wild and domestic, in a lighthearted, intimate setting. Observe and touch a variety of safe, friendly animals as you learn about their differences. (24 student maximum)

Hooray for Herps! (Grades K - 6, 1 hour) 

Meet our resident reptiles and amphibians and learn about their natural history. Discuss life cycles, predators and prey, habitats, locomotion, and defense mechanisms. 

Mammal Menagerie (Grades K - 6, 1 hour) 

What do coyotes, bats, and people have in common? Learn all about this amazing group of animals and how they have adapted to live in every environment. 

Nocturnal Animals (Grades K - 6, 1 hour) *New*

Learn about animals that go bump in the night. Meet four nocturnal animals and learn about how they have adapted to staying awake after dark.

Walk With the Animals (Grades K - 6, 1 hour) 

Take a walk on the wild side and come face to face with a mammal, bird, reptile, and amphibian. Learn about the similarities and differences between these four vertebrate groups.


Programs Offered In Your Classroom only:

The following programs are only offered in your classroom.

Backyard Bugs (Grades K - 6, 1 hour) 

Explore the world of arthropods through this hands-on presentation that comes directly to your classroom.  Students will learn how to classify and observe arachnids, myriapods, insects, and crustaceans.

Animal Learning Lab (1 hour, Thursdays only) *New*

Animal Learning Labs are designed to generate excitement for the world of science!  Prepare your students to be scientists in our lab programs that introduce them to the first step of the scientific method - observation.  We focus on student-led discovery and information sharing.  Leaders encourage group discussion and exploration as students get a chance to touch, observe, describe, and share their original thoughts and ideas.  Animal Learning Labs will include one or two small animals following the lab portion of the program. 

Animal Learning Lab Options:
  • Feathers (K - 3)
  • Newt vs. Lizard (K - 2)
  • Owl Pellet Lab (2 - 5) -  $30 materials fee per class
  • Skulls (2 - 4)
  • Wildlife Caretakers (3 - 5)

Programs Offered at Sulphur Creek only:


The following programs are only offered at Sulphur Creek.

Mini-Beast Safari (Grades K - 2, 1 hour)

Encounter the smaller side of life with insects, spiders, worms, slugs, and millipedes. Learn where they live, what they eat, and why they are an integral part of the animal world. Collect your own mini-beasts for study and discussion.  Available in March, April, and May.

Park Tour (Grades K - 6, 45 minutes) *New*

Go on a naturalist led tour of Sulphur Creek, learn about Sulphur Creek's history and continued efforts in wildlife conservation.  Stroll through our animal enclosures and hear the stories of our resident wildlife.

Optional 15 minute Add On: Meet two resident animals (one wild, one domestic).