San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory Environmental Education Program

$34,500

open space authority funds contributed to project

2016

project awarded

The Authority contributed funds towards San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory's (SFBBO) Coyote Creek Field Station Environmental Education Program. SFBBO operates a research bird-banding station at Coyote Creek, located at the urban boundary of San Jose and Milpitas, and engages dozens of volunteers and hundreds of visitors each year. For this project, SFBBO will work with interns from local universities to develop a place and a inquiry-based education module to bring students from six classrooms to engage in both classroom and field learning activities.
Award Date:
November 10, 2016
Program:
Measure Q Urban Open Space Program
Location:
Coyote Creek north of Hwy 237

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