M.A.R.S.H.

Education at the Tijuana River NERR

Marsh Awareness with Resources for Slough Habitats
– Grades 1-6

One of the original education programs of the Tijuana Estuary, M.A.R.S.H. was developed to introduce students to basic wetland & upland ecology and cultural history. The program has basically two components that vary depending on the grade.

In the field, students use hand lenses and binoculars to observe and record upland plants and shore birds with an emphasis on adaptations and/or cultural history.

Inside, students may watch a video, play an adaptation game or explore the center and its interactive exhibits. It is not required that students do any of the supplied pre-visit activities although it is encouraged. All teachers who participate in this program must attend a 1-2 hour orientation and will be provided with optional classroom activities/curriculum as well as required materials for the classroom field trip (please email or call us for an orientation). Curriculum materials are available in both English and some in Spanish.

Reservations: Field trips should be booked at least 2 weeks in advance.
Cost: No fee for this program.


For more information, or to schedule an orientation or a field trip:

Marya Ahmad, mahmad(at)parks.ca.gov
619-575-3613 ext.306
Lorena Warner-Lara, lwarner(at)parks.ca.gov
619-575-3613 ext.305

M.A.R.S.H. vs. Estuary Explorers

Are asking yourself “what is the difference is between the M.A.R.S.H. and the Estuary Explorers programs?Click here for a quick, yet detailed explanation.

Transportation Grants

Limited transportation reimbursements are currently available for schools who currently cannot attend the Reserve’s free, high quality environmental education programs due to lack of transportation funds and teachers who have attended an orientation and/or training at the Reserve. Please complete the request form and contact Anne Marie Tipton for details if you are interested, annemarie.tipton(at)parks.ca.gov or (619) 575-3613, ext. 304.