Education at the Tijuana River NERR

Tijuana Estuary Explorers – Grades 3-6


Next Teacher Training: March 10, 2020, view flyer.

“Tijuana Estuary Explorers” is an in-class and field trip program, targeted at 3rd – 6th grade, that meets state standards and incorporates reading, writing and science into four comprehensive activities about the Tijuana Estuary and its watershed.

Using a personalized field journal, students will read the field notes written by two characters, Pablo and Silvia Hernandez, as they explore the watershed and estuary that the students too will soon visit. Along with their journal notes, students will find pages to start their own journal, using the questions and activities provided.

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At the end of the field trip,  teachers and students will be given Take Action magnets and worksheets to assist them in working to conserve wetland habitats.

A mandatory 3-4 hour teacher training is required for all teachers who wish to participate in this program. The training will guide teachers through the student journal and teacher’s guide, which encompasses the in-class and field portion of the program. Trainings are held periodically based on interest or if you can find 4 or more teachers that are interested, we are willing to work with you on a training date. Next Teacher Training: March 10, 2020, view flyer.

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

Download the Teacher’s Guide

Download the Student Journal

For more information, upcoming training  dates, or to schedule a field trip:

Marya Ahmad, marya.ahmad(at)parks.ca.gov
619-575-3613 ext.306


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.

This program was also made possible by the San Diego Zoological Society and Chevron.