For over forty years, the Monte Bello Ridge Environmental Education Program has offered a 10 unit field study summer class open to all 9th-12th graders in Santa Clara Unified School District. This summer, many students joined Wilcox teacher, Steven Sanders, and Bryan Osborne Nature Area Curator Kelly Overduijn to participate in the program.
“The main theme of the class is ecology with an emphasis on learning the natural history of the locations we visit and particularly our own connections to them,” said Sanders.
The class meets in the Wilcox Science Complex and Ulistac Natural Area and the outings range in length from three to five days. Before the trip, Instructors Sanders and Overduijn prepare students by teaching them the necessary skills and equipment needed.
The program includes extensive backpacking trips to places like Point Reyes National Seashore, Emigrant and Desolation wilderness areas, and Yosemite National Park. Other adventures include professional surf lessons and visiting HawkWatch International's raptor banding project in the Goshute Mountains of eastern Nevada.