School Programs

California Waterfowl receives grant funding and donor funding for its programs, so that we can offer these programs to schools for free or at low costs.  Programs satisfy common core, state, and national science standards.    

Classroom Programs

Junior Duck Stamp Program

Federal Junior Duck Stamp (JDS) Program         

CWA partners with the US Fish and Wildlife Services to offer this multi-disciplinary, conservation stewardship program bringing together wildlife science and art. This program teaches K-12 graders the basics of wetland and waterfowl biology and wildlife art skills. Students will be provided with materials to complete a waterfowl painting and submit it to the Federal JDS program. Each art submission supports a dollar donation toward conservation and education in California and competes in the duck stamp competition, where students may earn outdoor fun prizes and awards supporting their education. This program satisfies multiple K-12 CA art and science standards.

Program Options:

  • Nest Mania (Grades K-2)
  • What Are Waterfowl (Grades 3-6)
  • Migration Madness (Grades 5-12)

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To purchase duck stamps and support wetland conservation, please visit:

Check out our JDS program and calendar sponsors here.


Wood Duck Program: Wood Duck Wonders

In this 1.5 hour classroom program 3rd-6th graders role play as field biologists: building their background knowledge of wood ducks, checking nest boxes, banding stuffed animal wood ducks, recording data and having fun!  This program is offered September through June and satisfies 3rd-6th grade science content standards.


Field Programs*

Some field days have an associated cost.  To register for a field day, click here.

*Scholarships and grants may be available; See our scholarships page for the programs scholarship application:

Marsh Madness

Marsh Madness

Marsh Madness field trips are offered in October through May, filled with outdoor fun and learning in a local marsh for students in grades 3-6. Students explore wetland wildlife, soils, water and conservation! A classroom program will prepare your students for this trip.  This programs costs $4/ student.  Scholarships may be available.  Click here for field trip sites.


Youth Leadership Program

CWA will train high school students to be wildlife and conservation mentors.  High school students will learn how to lead Marsh Madness field trip activities and teach younger students about wetland wildlife. This program builds college level skills and job skills in older youth. This program is offered October through May.  This program costs $3/ student.  Scholarships may be available.   Click here for field trip sites.



Walking With Wood Ducks

After participating in the Wood Duck Wonders classroom program, take your 3rd-6th students outdoors with California Waterfowl's field biologists to do actual nest checks, handle and band live wood ducks, build nest boxes, walk the wetlands, and more!  This program is a 4 hour field day offered March through June and can host up to 2 classes.  Field trip sites are determined when booking a program in order to make the location convenient for your school. We currently have funding to assist you with transportation to this free field trip.  Click here for field trip sites.



What’s that down on the ground!?  Why it’s evidence of what traveled this path before you.  Become a wildlife investigator!  Determine the animals that have been trudging through the marsh and what these animals eat.  This is a 1.5 hour field program offered October through May at Grizzly Ranch in the Suisun Marsh near Fairfield.  This program costs $2.50/ student.  Click here for the program location map. 


Trekking the Suisun Marsh

Explore the natural history and the wildlife of the Suisun Marsh with a naturalist-led hike.  This is a hands-on tour!  This is a 1.5 hour walking tour/ 1 hour for Kindergarten groups at Denverton or Grizzly Ranch properties in the Suisun Marsh near Fairfield.  This program costs $2.50/ student. Click here for the program location map. 

Grades:                Science Standard Topics:

Kindergarten:    Human & Animal Senses

1st Grade:           Habitats              

2nd Grade:         Life Cycles

3rd Grade:          Adaptations or Life Cycles

4th Grade:          Food Webs

5th Grade:          Physiology 

6th Grade:          Ecology


SLEWS- Student & Landowner Education & Watershed Stewardship

CWA partners with the Center for Land-Based Learning to run the SLEWS program in wetland properties. High school students participate in habitat restoration projects: planting native vegetation, stabilizing stream banks, assisting with sustainable agriculture and more.  There is funding to support your participation in this program. 

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To book a program or inquire further:

Please email the information below to Sabreena Britt, Education Coordinator at or

call (916) 648-1406 ext. 102.

Some field days have an associated cost.  To register for a field day, click here.







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