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 Next Generation Science Standards in Life Sciences and Earth System Sciences.  Some programs satisfy Common Core Arts and Language Arts Standards as well. 

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 is offered year round. March 15 is the art contest deadline each year.  This program satisfies multiple K-12 CA art and science standards.

Program Options:

  • Nest Mania (Grades K-3)- The who, what, when, where, why and how of waterfowl nesting
  • What Are Waterfowl (Grades 3-5)- Basic waterfowl and wetland biology and ecology- focus on beaks and feet
  • Migration Madness (Grades 5-12)- Adaptations, physics and reasons for waterfowl flight and migration

NGSS Standards:

         Kindergarten:  K-LS1-1; K-ESS2-2; K-ESS3-1, 3

         1st Grade:  1-LS1-1, 2; 1-LS3-1

         2nd Grade:  2-LS2-2; 2-LS4-1; 2-ESS2-3

         3rd Grade:  3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1; 3-LS3-1; 3-LS4-2, 3; 3-ESS3-1

         4th Grade:  4-LS1-1, 2; 4-ESS3-2

         5th Grade: 5-LS2-1; 5-ESS2-1; 5-ESS3-1; 5-PS2-1

         6th-8th Grade: MS-LS2-1,2,5; MS-PS2-2

         9th-12th Grade: HS-LS2-6, 7; HS-ESS3-1; HS-PS2-1


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Wood Duck Programs:

Wood Duck Discoveries

*Note: Availability subject to grant funding.  Not available at this time.  Please check in here or to be added to a waitlist, contact

Wood Duck Discoveries is a 2 part program- classroom and field.  In this 1 hour classroom program (part 1) high school students are prepared for a 3 hour field day (see below).  They will be introduced to the current UC Davis research project on wood duck nesting behavior, genetics and its connections to conservation and wildlife management.  This program incorporates a college lecture-style of presentation along with hands-on activity.  This program is offered March - June.   

NGSS Standards:

          9th-12th Grade: HS-ESS3-4; HS-ETS1-1,2; HS-LS2-7,8; WHST.9-12.7

Wood Duck Wonders

In this 1.5 hour classroom program 3rd-8th 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 year round and satisfies 3rd-8th grade NGSS standards.

NGSS Standards:

         3rd Grade:  3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1; 3-LS3-1;  3-LS4-2,3; 3-ESS3-1

         4th Grade:  4-LS1-1,2; 4-ESS3-2

         5th Grade:  5-LS2-1; 5-ESS2-1; 5-ESS3-1

         6th-8th Grade:  MS-LS2-1,2,5


Field Programs*

Some field days have an associated cost. 

*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 3th-8th. Students may explore wetland wildlife, soils, conservation, try archery and more!  It is an option to schedule a JDS program prior to the field trip to prepare students more.  This programs costs $4/ student.  Scholarships may be available.  Click here for field trip sites.

NGSS Standards:

         3rd Grade: 3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1; 3-LS3-1; 3-LS4-2,3; 3-ESS3-1

         4th Grade:  4-LS1-1,2; 4-ESS3-2

         5th Grade:  5-LS2-1; 5-ESS2-1; 5-ESS3-1

         6th-8th Grade: MS-LS2-1,2,3,4,5


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.

NGSS Standards:

         9th-12th Grade:  HS-LS2-6,7,8; HS-ESS3-1


Wood Duck Discoveries

*Note: Availability subject to grant funding.  Not available at this time.  Please check in here or to be added to a waitlist, contact

Wood Duck Discoveries is a 2 part program- classroom and field.  In the 3 hour field program (part 2) high school students will assist UC Davis research students, interns and volunteers with monitoring wood duck nest boxes and get hands-on with research methods and measurements.  They have the opportunity to observe an egg dissection, experience how telemetry works, handle and/or observe live birds and eggs, and more.  The field activities reflect wood duck nesting and genetic research and are set dependent on available natural components and professionals present on the field date.  This program is offered March - June. 

Field trip sites are in the Davis/Woodland area only

This is a free, grant-funded field trip.  Transportation is NOT included.  Email Sabreena Britt to get on the program waitlist


           9th-12th Grade: HS-LS1-1; HS-LS2-7,8; HS-LS3-1; HS-LS4-3; HS-PS4-2,5




Walking With Wood Ducks

After participating in the Wood Duck Wonders classroom program, take your 3rd-8th 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.

NGSS Standards:

         3rd Grade:  3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1; 3-LS3-1,2; 3-LS4-2,3,4; 3-ESS3-1

         4th Grade:  4-LS1-1,2; 4-ESS3-2

         5th Grade:  5-LS2-1; 5-ESS2-1; 5-ESS3-1

         6th-8th Grade:  MS-LS2-1,2,3,4,5; MS-LS3-2; MS-LS4-4,5; MS-ESS3-4



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 for 4th-6th grade.  This program costs $2.50/ student.  Click here for the program location map. 

NGSS Standards:

         4th Grade: 4-LS1-1; 4-LS1-2

         5th Grade:  5-LS2-1

         6th Grade:  MS-LS2-1,3


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.   This program can be adapted to run at a marsh or wetland closer to you. 

Grades:                Science Standard Topics:               NGSS:

Kindergarten:   Necessities for Life                           K-LS1-1; K-ESS2-1,2

1st Grade:           Adaptations                                            1-LS1-1; 1-LS3-1

2nd Grade:         Plant Life                                                 2-LS2-1,2; 2-LS4-1; 2-ESS2-1,2

3rd Grade:          Life Cycles                                              3-LS1-1; 3-LS2-1; 3-LS4-2,3

4th Grade:          Structures                                              4-LS1-1,2; 4-ESS2-1

5th Grade:          Ecology                                                    5-LS2-1; 5-ESS2-1

6th-8th Grade:  Environmental

                                  Management                                       MS-LS2-5



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.  See above fees.  Policies below. 






Cell Phone:


Preferred Date(s) (Please list 3-4 top dates):

Program Choice:


# of classes:

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Program Time(s) (for each class, if booking more than one):  *Note: School schedules vary, so please tell us what times work for you and they will work for us!

Room #s:

If booking a classroom program, is there PowerPoint equipment in your classroom: computer, projector, screen?  Yes or No

Parking Info for Educator:


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