School Field Trips

The Tijuana Estuary offers free visits to elementary, middle and high school groups and other youth groups (ecology clubs, service groups, etc.). School visits to The Tijuana Estuary are theme-based and integrated with the California State Science Framework. We encourage school groups to visit while their classes are studying related subject matter. We have activities that can integrate art, language and social studies as well. Activities usually focus on general estuary ecology, plants and birds. Other subject areas are available upon request.

For information on each of our school programs, please click on the links below:

M.A.R.S.H., grades 1-6
Tijuana Estuary Explorers, grades 3-6,
     Next Training: TBD 
TRNERR Middle & High School Teacher’s Guide, grades 6-12,
     Next TOTE Training: Oct. 27 & 28 (3:00-5:30pm) & Nov. 9th (8:30-4:00pm)
     Next Climate TOTE Training: TBD 2021
Estuaries 101 Curriculum (Middle & High School)
Education Programs Brochure

Field Trip Guidelines

Types of Tours Available Guided and nonguided
Length of Visit Approximately 2 ½ hours
Teacher Requirements Must attend one-time orientation or training.
Group Size 35 students maximum
Chaperones Requirements At least 3
Languages Available English and Spanish
Reservations First-come, first-served.  At least 2 weeks advance notice.
Visit Days Monday – Friday, mornings encouraged.


To schedule an orientation, training, or field trip:

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

Transportation Grants – (Status 11/4/21: currently unavailable)

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) or (619) 575-3613, ext. 304.