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Registration is Now Open
for the 2013-14 School Year

We recommend booking early as spaces do fill up. Call 408-356-4945 x12 now to reserve a spot!

Programs Complement the California State Science Standards

Bring your class or group to YSI's Science and Nature Centers
for a hands-on nature based science program.

Can’t come to us?
YSI will bring them to you with
our At-School Program.



Overview

To schedule a program, call (408) 356-4945, x12

Pricing Information

Per Program Costs:
Duration Single Double Triple
1/2 hour program $150 $125 $100
1 hour program $200 $175 $150
1-1/2 hour program $225 $200 $175
2 hour program $275 $250 $225
3 hour program $475 $450 $400

Multiple program discounts

  • Single Pricing is for one program.
  • Double Pricing is for two consecutive programs on the same day, at the same site.
  • Triple Pricing is for three or more consecutive programs on the same day, at the same site.
The programs below feature instructor-led small group stations,
and are priced as follows:
Program Single Double Triple
Physics of Flight $250 $225 $200
Pioneer Organic Garden (1.5 hrs) $275 $250 $225
Moving, Exploding Earth $300 $275 $250

May Insect Fair Program price is $160 for a half-hour experience. Advance registration is required.

At-school Programs can be brought to your classroom. There is a 1.5 hour program minimum and an additional travel fee per visit for all At-school Programs.

Weekend Programs are scheduled according to YSI instructor availability. An additional fee may be charged.

Discounts

Title 1 Schools (those with 40%+ of students on the free or reduced price lunch program) receive an additional $25 discount, up to Triple Pricing.

Programs scheduled for September, December, January, and February receive a 10% discount.

Home School Groups receive Double Pricing when booking four or more programs per year, or Triple Pricing for booking eight or more programs per year.

Registration & Payment

• Register for all programs as far in advance as possible to guarantee availability.
• A credit card is required to guarantee your program date.
• Payment is due 30 days from date invoice sent.
• There is a $25 fee for any changes or cancellations.
• There are no refunds for programs cancelled less than 30 days prior to program date.
• We conduct programs rain or shine. Please dress appropriately.
• Prices listed as of 2010-11 school year. Fees and program content are subject to change.

Group Size

Programs are designed to be hands-on.
Pre-K - 2nd grade programs work best for groups of 25 or less.
3rd - 8th grade programs work best for groups of 35 or less. If your class size is larger, please discuss with us.

To schedule a program, call (408) 356-4945, x12

Programs
Description
Location
Level
Duration
Fee (in $)
Animal Photo

For more about Wildlife, YSI Recommends...
Animals and Their Adaptations
Find out how animals are built to survive.  Touch and examine live animals from a variety of taxonomic groups and learn about diet, ecological role, habitat, structure, and function.  Observe and discuss differences among the animals.
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona

At-school
Pre-K .5 hours
150
125
100
K-8th Grade 1 hour
200
175
150
California Photo

For more about Science, YSI Recommends...
California ‘Official’ Everything
Discover the role some of our state symbols played in shaping California’s history. Learn geology, zoology, and botany while examining our state’s official rock, mineral, animals, and plants. Includes a chance to pan for gold!
Alum Rock
Vasona

At-school
2nd-6th Grade 1 hour
200
175
150
Pond Photo

For more about Water, YSI Recommends...
Life in a Pond
What’s special about animals that live where it’s wet and wild?  Learn about aquatic adaptations, food chains, and life cycles.  Touch and examine YSI’s live aquatic animals.
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona

At-school
Pre-K .5 hours
150
125
100
K-6th Grade 1 hour
200
175
150
Insect Photo

For more about Insects, YSI Recommends...
Insects, Spiders and Other Arthropods
They’re not just “bugs,” they’re amazing animals.  Learn about arthropod structure, function, and life cycles; emphasis is on insects and differences between arthropod groups.  Touch and examine YSI’s live, not-so-creepy crawly animals.
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona

At-school
Pre-K .5 hours
150
125
100
K-6th Grade 1 hour
200
175
150

Ladybug Graphic

Insect FairSpecial programs for one week only in May
See, touch, and learn about insects, spiders, and other arthropods from around the world in a special interactive exhibit held the week following our Public Insect Fair.  YSI adds many special insects to its collection for this week only.
Sanborn Pre-K – 8th grade .5 hours 160
Plant Photo

For more about Botany, YSI Recommends...
Roots, Shoots, Seeds and Leaves
Dissect flowers and seeds to learn about plant structure and function. Discover how a plant meets its needs for water, nutrients, and food. Junior botanists rotate through hands-on activity stations.
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona

At-school
1st-6th Grade 2 hours
275
250
225
Native American Photo

For more about Native Americans, YSI Recommends...
Ohlone Indians
Investigate the Native American relationship with the environment as you pound acorns, make rope, play Ohlone games, and search the forest for food and medicine. Small group instruction; long program includes hike.
Short Format:
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona
At-school

Long Format:
Alum Rock
Sanborn
3rd-6th Grade
Short Format 1.5 hours
225
200
175
YSI instructor and parent helpers lead stations, no hike.
Long Format 3 hours
475
450
400
YSI instructors lead small group stations and hike.
Magnet Photo

For more about Mechanics, YSI Recommends...
Electricity and Magnetism
Experiment with electricity and magnetism.  Make an electromagnet, investigate circuits, and discover how electricity and magnetism are used in our daily lives.
Vasona
Alum Rock

At-school
3rd-6th Grade 1.5 hours
225
200
175
Earthquake Photo

For more about Volcanoes, YSI Recommends...
Moving, Exploding Earth
Explore Earth’s layers, plate tectonics, and the rock cycle. Examine and identify rocks and minerals.
Geology walk included in 2 hour program.
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona

At-school
2nd-8th Grade 1.5 hour
Vasona or
At-school
or
2 hour
at Alum Rock or
Sanborn
300
275
250
Pioneer Photo

For more about Nutrition, YSI Recommends...
Pioneer Organic Garden
Explore the interrelationship of people and nature by planting seeds, grinding wheat, baking crackers, and carding wool – just like the pioneers did. Small group instruction; long program includes pioneer games and hike.
Sanborn K-2nd Grade 1.5 hours
275
250
225
3rd-6th Grade 3 hours
475
450
400
Fossil Photo

For more about Dinosaurs, YSI Recommends...
Dinosaurs and Fossil Fun
Compare dinosaurs, look for differences and similarities, and learn how they met their survival needs in the prehistoric world. Dig for and sort fossils to sharpen observation skills, and make a fossil cast to take home.
Vasona Pre-K - 3rd Grade 1 hour
200
175
150
Creek Photo

For more about Water, YSI Recommends...
Creek Exploration
Grab a net and explore a creek habitat. Examine the diverse aquatic animals that live there, and learn how these special animals adapt to their watery habitat.
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona
1st-8th Grade 1.5 hours
225
200
175
Hummingbird Photo

For more about Biology, YSI Recommends...
Five Senses Nature Walk
Explore nature with all five senses. Learn about native plants and animals by seeing, smelling, hearing, touching, and even tasting your way down the trail.
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona
Pre-K .5 hours
150
125
100
K-2nd Grade 1 hour
200
175
150
Trail Photo

For more about Hiking, YSI Recommends...
Discovery Nature Walk
Explore the outdoors and learn general concepts of ecology, botany, geology, and biology. Look for special “animal signs” and discover unique uses for plants!
Alum Rock
Sanborn
Vasona
3rd-8th Grade 1 hour
200
175
150
Bird Photo

For more about Aeronautics, YSI Recommends...
Physics of Flight
Motion and forces are the take-off point for understanding the dynamics of flight. Meet one of YSI’s live birds of prey and learn about the forces of flight. Build and test a flyer to take home.
Alum Rock

At-school
6th-8th Grade 1 hour
250
225
200
Trail Photo

Physics of Sound and Motion
Investigate the relationship of matter and energy. Experiment with paper airplanes, stomp rockets, and a variety of noisemakers in a study of motion, forces, and sound waves.
Alum Rock
Vasona

At-school
2nd-8th Grade 1.5 hours
225
200
175

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