Follow the Child offers schools and learning centers 4 to 5 hour educational programs that explore the ultimate classroom--Nature. 

You supply the transportation and we supply outstanding information, local knowledge, and memorable instruction. 


$8 per student (21-50 students)

$200 for between 1 and 20 students)

FTC offers experiential learning for tactile children who need to touch sea anemones, examine elephant seal wallows, and stand agog as they imagine the height and heft of towering redwood trees.

Let us design a program for your school or learning center that combines our unique hands-on approach to outdoor education with your need for children to explore, grow socially, and most importantly, maximize their learning potential.


About Our Program


Painting and reflecting in nature. 

Painting and reflecting in nature. 

Paint with pride

Paint with pride

We all work together to design and construct sand castles

We all work together to design and construct sand castles

Structure is important

Structure is important

Imagination and driftwood go together

Imagination and driftwood go together

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Explore  different environments with your friends and classmates

Explore  different environments with your friends and classmates

Choose a program, a specific location or description, the date, and a meeting time. It's your choice. 


Program: Modern and Ancient Biology

Location: Ano Nuevo

Date: October 9, 2013  

Arrival:  10 am 

Departure:  3 pm

Modern and Ancient Biology

In modern animals there are many signs of ancient biology. As we study a variety of living species including avian and raptors, fish, amphibians, and reptiles, we will piece together the long and storied history of the prehistoric world as we create a timeline of life on Earth.

  • Año Nuevo (Elephant Seals)
  • Pescadero Marsh (Fish & Water Birds)
  • Butano State Park (Amphibians, banana slugs, Salamanders and Redwood Trees)

 The Biomes of the Bay

When peering into a drop of water we can see very little. With a little magnification, we see an entire universe of life we did not know existed. As we explore the small microscopic worlds, we will visit small inter-locking ecosystems studying each one in detail. Our scientists will compare these parallel worlds to see their similarities and differences. 

  • Fitzgerald Marine Reserves (* For the best conditions consult a local tide-pool chart).
  • Henry Cowell State Park (Redwood Trees and Old Growth Forests of the Santa Cruz Mountains)
  • Pinnacles (Inland Environments and Dry Landscapes)

A Land of Bounty and Genetic Engineers

Long ago a woman threw seeds into the air letting the light seeds blow off. She planted the heavier sturdier seeds for she had learned that they would grow better. Genetic engineering was born. As we investigate the agriculture of the Bay, we will uncover how farmers created their farms, and why their farms are located where they are. Through partnerships with local farms, we will be able to find out answers from the professionals as well as learn about the industry of eating.

Nurseries of the Bay (An Exploration of the Farms Along the San Mateo Coastline...Including Pumpkin Patches.

  • Organic Farms and Practices (San Mateo Coastline)
  • Pescadero Marsh
  • Año Nuevo

From Basic Structures to Technological Marvels

Building driftwood forts on the beach requires a basic understanding of both materials and basic physics. Engineers must understand ideas of elastic and plastic to create structures able to withstand seismic events. We will venture to different areas of interest around the Bay Area be they cantilever and suspension bridges, or to the beach to work with simple materials to gain visual evidence about what engineers create. 

  • Winter Beaches of San Mateo and Driftwood Forts
  • The Bridge Building Project (An All day Bridge Building Adventure)
  • Bridges of the Bay (Crissy Fields and a Walk Across the Golden Gate Bridge)


Ocean Life  

It is said that an ocean is synonymous with an iceberg...more of it is unknown to us than known. As we begin to unlock the mysteries of the deep, we will explore the San Mateo coastline taking advantage of low King Tides to see what lies at the bottom of the deepest pools. Trips to marine sanctuaries create a better understandings of the watery world that represents 70 percent of the surface of our home. 

  •  San Mateo Coastline Beaches and Marshes (Pescadero Marsh & Surrounding Beaches)
  •  Muir Woods (Salmon in the Stream)
  • Pigeon Point Tide Pools  (* For the best conditions consult a local tide-pool chart)


Life Habitats

As we investigate the deeper consequences of our actions on earth, we will travel to places where environmental degradation have taken their toll, as well as places that have recovered. Whether it is the removal of an old damn so steelhead and salmon can once again travel up streams, or going to places where industrial salt mining destroyed vital Bay Area habitats, we will gain a better sense of the impact of mankind upon the Earth as well as benevolent acts such as the estuary at Crissy Fields.

  • Año Nuevo (Elephant Seals)
  • Crissy Field (Urban Reclamation)
  • Pescadero Marsh