GEECe Objectives:

Increase awareness of the positive connections between agriculture, sportsmen, and wildlife interests.

Examine the impact of human decisions on maintaining a high quality of life for both people and wildlife.

Integrate diverse fields of study such as art, science, and literature in order to create a broad educational experience.

Provide tomorrow’s leaders with the knowledge and skills to help sustain our agricultural and wildlife resources.

The grassland Environmental Education Center is available for tours by prior reservation only from November 1 through May 31. Visiting school groups hike into the wetlands maintained by Morning Star Packing Co., where they explore the fascinating plants, animals, and habitats found on site. Our new field scientists then return to the GEECe facility for further investigations – dissecting owl pellets or analyzing water samples in the lab, playing games that illustrate how farmers and hunters benefit wildlife, experiencing the wacky world of Paul Parkranger through our multimedia computer, or participating in activities that reinforce their understanding of resource conservation.

Back to School! Fun-cational Fieldtrips!

Grassland Environmental Education Center located on the Los Banos Wildlife Area (18110 Henry Miller Road) is a no-fee fieldtrip site for area schools K-12.

In-class presentations are also free-of-charge

Outdoor Activities. Imagine the fun putting on a pair of waders and walking through the marsh and ponds!

Indoor Activities are based on Grade-level state standards and incorporate different teaching modalities.

Grassland Environmental Education Center offers activitites that tie the Grade-level state standards to “in-place” education.

Students learn about the geography, geology and river systems that shaped the Central Valley.

Students experience the wetland habitat as scientific investigators while we walk through the Van Atta Interpretive Trail. Students and Adults explore the native plants and wildlife that are dependent on these open-spaces.