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Upcoming Science Safaris

Science Safari

Science Safaris

Exciting things are happening at YSI! Join us for upcoming Science Safaris at our Vasona and Sanborn locations! 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! These 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. 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 and locations of each event.

YSI has incorporated guidelines that follow all County and State protocol. 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 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 11. We look forward to seeing you in-person!

YSI’s Science Safari Cancellation Policy
A full refund (100%) will be issued to the registrant(s) if cancellation is requested no later than 7 days before the event’s date. No refund (0%) will be issued to the registrant(s) if cancellation is made within 7 days of the event’s date.
Upcoming Science Safaris at Vasona
Birding Scavenger Hunt
Date:
August 28, 2021
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm (2 hours)
Cost: $35.00 per person
Age Recommendation: 3rd-6th (Programs designed for parent-child participation)
Location: Vasona Lake County Park (Outdoors)
333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Spread your wings and join YSI for an awesome Science Safari- Birding Scavenger Hunt at Vasona! YSI staff will guide you around the park to search for a variety of birds, and maybe you'll see the occasional migratory species visiting the park! Don't forget to bring your binoculars and cameras, sometimes we're lucky enough to get a good picture or two! After our scavenger hunt, we will head back to YSI to make biodegradable bird feeders that you can take home. YSI is following all County and State protocols. Face masks and social distancing are required of all registrants over 2 years. Cost: $35.00 per person. A registered adult must attend this event.
August 28
Upcoming Science Safaris at Vasona
Live like an Ohlone
Date:
September 18, 2021
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm (90 minutes)
Cost: $25.00 per person
Age Recommendation: 1st-6th (Programs designed for parent-child participation)
Location: Vasona Lake County Park (Outdoors)
333 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032

Learn about how the Ohlone were able to survive with nothing but items from nature! We will talk about the different foods they ate, the materials they used to build their homes, and the methods they used for hunting. We will also learn how they made rope! We will see a variety of displays during our program. YSI is following all County and State protocols. Face masks and social distancing are required of all registrants over 2 years. Cost: $25.00 per person. A registered adult must attend this event.
September 18
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn
Let’s shake things up with Geology!
Date:
September 25, 2021
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
Cost: $25.00 per person
Age Recommendation: 3rd-6th (Programs designed for parent-child participation)
Location: 16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga CA 95070 (Outdoors)

YSI would like to welcome you to learn about Geology, and what better place than the beautiful Sanborn Park! Did you know Sanborn Park has a clear view of the San Andreas Fault, which is the main fault line that runs throughout California! We will learn about the outside and inside of our planet along the way, plus rocks and minerals! Geology Rocks! YSI is following all County and State protocols. Face masks and social distancing are required of all registrants over 2 years. Cost: $25.00 per person. A registered adult must attend this event.
September 25
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
March 20
Upcoming Science Safaris at Alum Rock
Nature and Habitat Exploration with YSI  
Date: 10/2/21
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location:
Alum Rock Park
16260 Penitencia Creek Road, San Jose CA 95127
Grades:
PreK-6 (Programs designed for parent-child participation)
Cost:
$25.00 per person

Join YSI for an educational walk in Alum Rock Park to learn about the local nature and the habitat they live in! YSI is following all County and State protocols. Face masks and social distancing are required of all registrants over 2 years. Cost: $25.00 per person. A registered adult must attend this event.
October 2
Upcoming Science Safaris at Vasona
Creek Exploration at Vasona Lake County Park
Date: 10/16/21
Time:
11:30am-1:00pm
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Rd, Los Gatos, CA 95032
Grades:
2-6 (Programs designed for parent-child participation)
Cost:
$25.00 per person

YSI has a wonderful day planned for you to explore! We'll start by learning about our watershed and meeting water dwelling animals. Then it's off to the creek we go to investigate together! YSI is following all County and State protocols. Face masks and social distancing are required of all registrants over 2 years. Cost: $25.00 per person. A registered adult must attend this event.
October 16
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn
Let's Talk Herpetology!
Date:
10/30/21
Time: 10:30am-12:00pm
Location:
Sanborn Park
16055 Sanborn Road, Saratoga CA 95070
Grades:
PreK-6 (Programs designed for parent-child participation)
Cost: $25.00 per person

Love amphibians and reptiles? Join YSI at Sanborn Park to see and learn all about these wonderful creatures and their habitat! YSI is following all county and state protocols. YSI is following all County and State protocols. Face masks and social distancing are required of all registrants over 2 years. Cost: $25.00 per person. A registered adult must attend this event.
October 30
Story Time

Storytime at YSI - Spiders by Gail Gibbons

Join YSI for our FREE Storytime with YSI! This month we will be reading "Spiders" by Gail Gibbons. Afterwards, we will meet a live spider! Please note, this event is outdoors. Face masks and social distancing are required of all registrants over 2 years. This FREE family event requires a registered adult to attend. Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

Date: 9/18/21
Time:
10:00am-10:30am
Location:
Vasona Lake County Park
333 Blossom Hill Road Los Gatos, CA 95032
Recommended Age:
3-7 years old
Cost:
Free!
September 18
Upcoming Science Safaris at Sanborn - Salamander Search!
March 20