Junior explorers with bird house

Junior Explorers Hikes

Junior explorers hike group pictureKids love Edgewood! Our Junior Explorers educational program provides free, docent-led discovery hikes to local teachers and youth groups, so their kids can enjoy a hands-on outdoor experience right here at the park.

Junior Explorers hikes provide an opportunity to explore our natural environment, to learn about our diverse habitats, and to inspire children to appreciate and care for our beautiful open spaces. These small group hikes are led by specially trained docents and typically last 1.5 to 3 hours.

Discovery walks for elementary school groups follow a hands-on, interactive approach. Topics might include:

  • Ecosystems at Edgewood
  • Local flora and fauna life cycles
  • Adaptations for survival
  • Food chains
  • Plant and animal interrelationships
  • Nutrient recycling by decomposers

Field trips for high school students may be combined with habitat restoration or environmental science projects. Boy Scout and Girl Scout, or other youth organization field trips can be associated with earning badges. We can also arrange tours for home school or special children’s groups. All our programs are volunteer-based and free of charge.

How to Schedule a Junior Explorers Program

  1. Review our Junior Explorers Edgewood Field Trip Guidelines.
  2. Complete and submit the Junior Explorers Planning Sheet at least 3 weeks before your requested date. Our coordinator will review your request and contact you with more information.
  3. Whether we can accommodate your request depends on the availability of volunteer docents for your request dates. Our coordinator will recruit docents for your requested date and time. This typically takes 7-10 days, depending on your group size. The coordinator will contact you with a final date and time.
  4. All parents/guardians of minors and all adults who participate in these events must sign our liability waiver and make it available at the start of the event. The liability waiver (pdf) may be downloaded here. Minors who come to an event without a signed liability waiver may not be allowed to participate. Please be sure to bring the signed forms on the day of the event.
  5. Before your visit, review with your group the “Please have each student bring” and “Good trail manners” sections of Junior Explorers Edgewood Field Trip Guidelines. If you will arrive on a bus, please give the driver these bus instructions.
  6. Be prepared to get a little dirty, spot some cool critters and neat plants, and most of all have fun!

Bus Funding

Qualifying schools, after-school or summer programs, or nonprofits predominately serving low-income and/or at-risk youth may be eligible for transportation funding though the San Mateo County Parks Foundation. Find out more.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].