Oakland Zoo empowers our guests and students of all ages to become good stewards of the earth and its wildlife, to understand the core ideas of conservation and environmental science, and to contribute to society as knowledgeable citizens and responsible voters. California Trail is supporting the development of several new learning opportunities both at Oakland Zoo and in the field.

IMMERSING TEENS IN SCIENCE LEADERSHIP AND CAREER PREPARATION

Field Biology Workshops provide middle and high school students with opportunities to employ the technology and skills that conservationists and scientists use in creating solutions to ecological challenges.  Find out more ...

Identifying birds native to the Bay Area

CONDUCTING HANDS-ON RESEARCH AND A LIVING LABORATORY FOCUSED ON CALIFORNIA CONDORS

At Condor Camp, your teen will study California condors being treated in the Steve and Jackie Kane Condor Recovery Center and then collaborate with Ventana Wildlife Society biologists in Big Sur, CA, to track and observe the wild California condor population.
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Tracking California condors

ENCOURAGING CITIZEN SCIENCE WITHIN KNOWLAND PARK

Project WildWatch at Oakland Zoo connects people of all ages with nature. In addition to participation in national research projects like Project Feeder Watch and the Christmas Bird Count, you can help us learn more about the local flora and fauna that make Knowland Park their home.

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Studying Arroyo Viejo Creek

LEARNING TO CULTIVATE NATIVE HABITAT AND CONSERVE RESOURCES IN YOUR BACKYARD

We offer classes for K-12 students that focus on appreciating the diversity of native plants and learning to create native gardens in their schoolyards, backyards, and neighborhoods. Students also learn the importance of our watersheds and engage in caring for local creeks and ponds and their wildlife.

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Planting trees in Knowland Park

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