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2013 CALIFORNIA SCIENCE
EDUCATION CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 25-27, 2013 • PALM SPRINGS

FIELD COURSES

Field courses offer hands-on learning experiences at exciting destinations throughout the Palm Springs area. They are optional, additional-fee, require advance ticket purchase, and are open to adult, registered conference participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Ticket prices include round trip bus service between the Palm Springs Convention Center and the field course site.

Field course buses depart from the Palm Springs Convention Center. Times listed include travel time, which may vary depending upon road and traffic conditions. Please arrive at the bus departure site in front of the Palm Springs Convention Center 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure time to ensure an on-time departure. For outdoor activities, participants are encouraged to wear walking shoes, layered clothing, and carry a backpack containing sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, binoculars, camera, a notepad, and a pen. Lunch will be provided only where noted. CSTA recommends that you bring your own snacks as needed.

Click here for a complete listing and schedule of field courses offered at this year's conference.

 Friday, October 25, 2013

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7:00 am - 5:30 pm: Field Course #1: It's Your Fault - The San Andreas Fault Up Close - SOLD OUT

Welcome to the San Andreas fault! Where else in the world can you put one foot on the Pacific tectonic plate and the other foot on the North American plate? During this field course you will explore several truly remarkable features created by the San Andreas fault from the San Gabriel mountains to Palm Springs. While on the bus and during the stops you will participate in several standards-based activities which can be immediately taken back to the classroom. Click to learn more. Lunch provided. Ticket: SOLD OUT

Sponsored, in part, by the Southern California Earthquake Center.

Photo Courtesy of the Southern California Earthquake Center..


9:00 am - 3:00 pm: Field Course #2: College and Career Readiness in Alternative Energy and Utilities

You are preparing your students to be college and career ready in science. Find out what this really means as you tour a solar powered waste-water reclamation plant, a wind farm, a community college alternative energy training facility, and a business startup "reactor" where alternative energy startups are inventing the jobs of tomorrow! Click to learn more. Lunch provided. Ticket: $55

Sponsored, in part, by the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

 Saturday, October 26, 2013

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8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Field Course #3: Exploring Joshua Tree National Park SOLD OUT

Joshua Tree National Park is immense, nearly 800,000 acres, and infinitely variable. Viewed from the road, this desert park only hints at its vitality. With National Park Service Rangers, come explore this amazing desert ecosystem. Learn about amazing adaptations of plants and animals that call this area home.Participants will be hiking in the Wonderful Land of Rocks area of the park. Click to learn more. Lunch provided. Ticket: $78

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.


10:30 am - 4:00 pm: Field Course #4: Palm Springs Tram Engineering Tour

This field course will provide a behind the scenes tour of the engineering processes that drive the worlds largest rotating aerial tramway. The tram gains 5,873 feet of elevation in twelve minutes and passes through 5 different biomes on it way to the top of Mt. San Jacinto. After the engineering tour, the participants will have the option of investigating rocks and minerals, bird watching, or learning different methods of determining the age of trees. Lunch provided. Ticket: $73

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.

 Sunday, October 27, 2013

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8:15 am - 1:45 pm: Field Course #5: Sex in the Zoo- Helping Species Survive and Thrive at the Living Desert

The Living Desert is a zoo dedicated to the animals and plants of Earth's arid regions. Come explore how the Living Desert helps endangered species. Participants will propagate native plants in the Propagation Greenhouse and take cuttings back to school with them. Teachers will also meet with experts in the Species Survival Plan that is used to make decisions about the mating of endangered animals and use data to make decisions about which individuals should be mated. Participants will also have time to explore the zoo on their own and have lunch. Lunch provided. Ticket: $78

Photo Courtesy of Greater Palm Springs CVB.