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Upcoming Events

Science Saturdays
Upcoming Science Saturdays
YSI is proud to offer 3 Science Saturdays at Vasona in November! Our Science Saturdays not only bring your children outside in nature, but they also allow children to explore while learning about science! Children will enjoy 4 hours of natural sciences with hands-on learning, a nature walk in our beautiful Vasona Park, and a craft or two each Saturday. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now! Below is more information for each Science Saturday.

YSI has incorporated guidelines that follow all County and State protocols. YSI requires every registrant to wear a face mask while practicing social distancing. This information can be found in the registration form. We appreciate your cooperation with helping YSI keep you safe and healthy while enjoying the beauty of nature. For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org or call 408-356-4945 ex 12. We look forward to seeing you in person!

YSI’s Science Saturday Cancellation Policy:
50% of camp fees plus a $50 administrative fee will be charged if cancellations are made within 2 weeks of the camp's start date.No refund (0%) of camp fees will be refunded within 2 weeks of the camp's date.

Please note, if federal, state, or county COVID-19 guidelines change and prevent YSI from operating our programs, registrants are able to donate program fees, defer program fees to our ACTIVE account to be used as a credit for another program, or receive a full refund.

Enrollment Change Policy:
Any change (including canceling out of one program and enrolling in another program) requests must be made at least 14 days before the program's start date, and are subject to availability. There will be a $50 administrative fee to process this change. If a program is canceled due to low enrollment, you may change to another program without a $50 administrative fee. Programs are not transferable to another person.

For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org or call 408-356-4945 ex 12. We look forward to seeing you in person!
It’s that time of year, and YSI is hosting our upcoming Holiday Camp - Plants and Animals of Vasona Park! Join YSI for 3 days of fun and learning at Vasona Park, and we will have a different theme each day.

YSI is following all county and state guidelines for outdoor events. This includes but is not limited to:
Required Face Masks
Social Distancing
Personal Kits for Crafts
No shared Items
Frequent Disinfecting/Sanitizing

YSI Also has limited grant funding for children attending a Title I eligible school in Santa Clara County. For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org.
Crawlies Aren’t Creepy!
Date: November 6, 2021
Time:
9:00am-1:00pm
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
Cost:
$85.00 per child
Ages:
K-6th
Here at YSI, we don't use the term Creepy Crawlies, and we're here to show you why! We will spend the day learning about various insects and arthropods, and even see some that are YSI ambassadors too! After learning about their adaptations, we will go on a fun nature walk-in Alum Rock Park to see what we can find together! Insects tend to love coming out after a rain, so dress accordingly! After exploring, we will come back to do a fun craft together! Our instructors have created personal kits for each child, so they can be artistic while being safe! You'll come in the morning as children, and leave as Junior Entomologists!
Register Here
Life as an Ohlone
Date: November 13, 2021
Time:
9:00am-1:00pm
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
Cost:
$90.00 per child
Ages:
K-6th
Join YSI in learning about the first people who inhabited where we live- the Ohlone Native Americans! During this program, we will learn how they survived back then on what nature gave them! From their homes to their food, and also the toys and tools! We will go on a nice walk to see the many plants and animals in nature that the Ohlone might have found useful. Each child will have the opportunity to make something to take home that is reflective of what the Ohlone Native Americans made!
Register Here
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March 20
Shake, Rattle, and Geology!
Date: November 20, 2021
Time:
9:00am-1:00pm
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
Cost:
$90.00 per child
Ages:
K-6
Have you ever felt the ground shake beneath you? Are you a rock/mineral collector? Do you want to learn more amazing things about the planet we call home? YSI has a fun day planned for you! We will learn about the layers of our planet and what they're made from, as well as the different rocks and minerals that can be found! We will discuss volcanoes and plate tectonics, and also do some fun crafts!
Register Here
Science Safari
Upcoming Science Safaris
YSI has added 3 FREE Science Safaris at our Vasona location! We will be hosting one free event per month. Our science safaris are educational programs that not only bring you and your family into nature, but we will also teach you facts about your surroundings that you may not have known! The 3 chosen topics for these FREE events include Arthropods, Creek Exploration, and Physics! YSI's guided Science Safaris will be led completely outdoors by a YSI staff member. YSI's Science Safari programs are designed for families, so please register each attending member. A registered adult must accompany their child(ren) for these events. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding! You will receive an email the day before your event with all the needed information, including a map of the park, directions, and parking information. Below are the dates of each event.

YSI has incorporated guidelines that follow all County and State protocols. YSI requires every registrant ages 2 and over to wear a face mask while practicing social distancing. This information can be found in the registration form. We appreciate your cooperation in helping YSI keep you safe and healthy while enjoying the beauty of nature. For more information, please email programs@ysi-ca.org or call 408-356-4945 ex 11. We look forward to seeing you in person!

May 30: Join YSI to learn about arthropods! What makes an insect an insect? Are all insects dangerous? Find out with us as we explore all the avenues of the arthropod world! Take a brief walk to see what we can find around YSI, meet some of YSI's live creatures, and more! Register here.

June 25: Join YSI and learn about physics! We will discuss sound and motion during this event, and do many experiments together. Make and launch paper rockets, create fun paper airplanes, and make music out of things you didn't think you could! Register here.
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Science Saturdays
Upcoming Science Saturdays
YSI is excited to announce the continuing our program, Science Saturdays! Each week, we will cover a different topic that will allow hands-on learning in a safe environment, crafts, activities, and a nature walk! Details below:

Event: Science Saturdays
Time:
9:00am-1:00pm
Location:
Alum Rock Park 16260 Penitencia Creek Road
San Jose CA 95127.

Available Programs:

4/23 Antsy Arthropods: Are you interested to know more about insects? Did you know ALL spiders are venomous except Orb Weavers? What does Arthropod mean? Join YSI for a fun-filled day in learning All About Arthropods! Learn about the difference between an insect, arachnid, crustacean, and more! Enjoy a craft or two, plus meet some live arthropods along the way. This event is outdoors only, so come prepared in nice warm clothes and sturdy shoes. Register here.

4/30 Bioblitz at Alum Rock Park:
Join YSI for a fun and exciting Bioblitz! First, we will talk a bit about what a Bioblitz is and why it's so important. Then we will do a quick test run on iNaturalist to get everyone up to speed before trekking off for a fun adventure! We will discuss each finding, and why it's so important to the ecosystem. We will talk about habitat, flora and fauna, adaptations, and more!Each participant will also have a logbook to take notes and draw sketches of interesting things we've seen to use for our craft time. At the end of the day, you will leave YSI with a better knowledge of how to use iNaturalist so you can do more Bioblitz events in the future, even create your own! Register here.

5/7 Animal Habitats and Biomes of Alum Rock Park:
Join YSI in learning about the different habitats and biomes in Alum Rock Park! We will take a fun nature walk to look for different places animals and organisms call home, plus make a bird feeder for everyone to take home! Register here.

Scholarships are available for children attending a Title I school. Please choose one Saturday for your child(ren) to attend.

YSI is following all county and state guidelines for outdoor events. This includes but is not limited to:

Required Face Masks
Social Distancing
Personal Kits for Crafts
No shared Items
Frequent Disinfecting/Sanitizing

To register for these events, please contact programs@ysi-ca.org or call 408-356-4945 x 12. If you would like to contribute to YSI so we may continue to provide these programs, please click here to be taken to our donation page on our website.

We are proud to provide these wonderful and educational programs to our surrounding underserved community. We hope you all have a wonderful day, and stay safe!
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Alum Rock Park's 150th Anniversary Celebration
Alum Rock Park's 150th Anniversary Celebration
YSI would like to invite you to join us for upcoming FREE events at the beautiful Alum Rock Park! YSI is proudly partnering with San Jose Parks and Recreation in collaboration with Alum Rock Park's 150th Anniversary!

April 30- Owl Night Hike: Join YSI for a walk in the evening (before sundown). Before the walk, a YSI instructor will offer interpretive info about our owl ambassadors. This event is 60 minutes.  Register here.

May 14- Animal Meet and Greet: Meet a couple of YSI's Animal Ambassadors and learn about their adaptations. This event is 45 minutes. Register here.

May 28- History of Alum Rock Park: View old photos, articles, and learn where certain structures used to be in the park! This event is 45 minutes and includes a brief walk past the parking lot. Register here.

June 18- Geology of Alum Rock Park: Take a brief walk to learn about the sulfur springs, fault lines, and rock formations at Alum Rock Park. This event is 30 minutes. Register here.

July 2- Animal Meet and Greet: Meet a couple of YSI animal ambassadors and learn all about their history and adaptations! This event is 30 minutes. Register here.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
Explore Vasona
YSI and Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation would like to invite you to our Grand Re-Opening Event of our YSI Nature Center on Saturday, May 28th from 11:00am-1:00pm.

RSVP Here
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