Field Trips

Field trip descriptions listed below represent examples of the trips taken during the past several summers. Specific information and dates for the 2019 field trips will be posted when available.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the premier examples of the blend of privately supported research and a public venue for sharing research results. Young Scholars traveled to the MBA and spent the morning learning about the ecology of the Monterey Bay and surrounding shoreline ecosystems. The day concluded with a chance for participants to visit historic Monterey and the always eclectic Cannery Row. 

UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory

The Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory provides Young Scholars the opportunity to experience research that takes place away from the main campus. Participants and parents toured the laboratories and grounds to learn about ongoing studies. After visiting the lab we stopped at a nearby beach for lunch and beach time!

Alcatraz or Exploratorium and San Francisco

Students have visited Alcatraz or the world famous, recently renovated Exploratorium before spending time with friends visiting Pier 39 and Fisherman's Warf. 

UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

The Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC) is another opportunity for Young Scholars to experience research that occurs away from the main campus. TERC is “dedicated to research, education, and public outreach on lakes and their surrounding watersheds and airsheds.” Young Scholars had an opportunity to visit the middle of Lake Tahoe on the UC Davis research vessel and see first hand how the health and clarity of the lake is monitored. After the boat tour we spent the afternoon relaxing at King’s Beach.

Donner Summit Overnight

Students spend two days exploring the geology, history, and ecology of the the Donner Summit region of California, Sleeping accommodations are rustic. Students should plan to bring sleeping bags. Meals are provided by the camp facility dining hall.