School and Youth Programs


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Wagner Ranch Nature Area is a nature preserve and historic site offering hands-on experiential education to approximately 1000 school children annually.  It features 18 acres of meadow, forest, ponds and streams.  The San Pablo Creek borders one side of the preserve, which is home to thousands of native plant and animal species.  Since 1970, the programs of the Nature Area have helped students embrace the connection between themselves and their environment and develop a sense of lifelong stewardship.

Elementary School Field Trips:

Third Grade
Animal Camp: One full day of animal habitat, food chain, ecosystems studies.

Fourth Grade
Native American Studies: Two full days of California history with a focus on the cultures of the Ohlone and Bay Miwok tribes.
Rancho Days: Two full days of California history.

Fifth Grade
First Thanksgiving: One full day complete re-enactment of the First Thanksgiving.
Pioneer Days: Two full days of California history.

Sixth – Eighth Grades
Others First Program

High School
Miramonte High School Environmental Education

Scout/Volunteer Projects:

Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Eagle Scouts, Rotary Clubs and many other community organizations and individuals have contributed thousands of volunteer hours for special projects at the Nature Area.  Through their work, they have enriched wildlife habitats, developed educational resources, and improved accessibility to promote nature and inspire others.  The following is a partial list of projects completed:

  • Owl Box
  • Mason Bee Box
  • Bat Box
  • Miwok House Replica
  • Display Kiosk at Nature Area Entrance
  • Water Catchment System
  • Cynthia Crespi Bell Tower
  • Decorative Masonry Bench
  • Picnic Tables in Olive Grove
  • Gate Surrounding Ann Morton Pond
  • Directional and Historical Signs
  • Native Tree Plantings
  • Trail and Walkway Restoration
  • Irrigation Projects
  • Deer Fencing
  • Raised Bed and Garden Upgrades
  • Dr. Phil Loggins Memorial
  • Butterfly Garden Bed
  • Wheelchair Accessibility