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Self-Guided Field Trip


Self-Guided Field Trip Due May 15th by Midnight The Bay Area is a unique and diverse place. A mixture of natural wonder and large urban centers. We’ve discussed many aspects of the Bay Area, including water, garbage, transportation, and agriculture. Visiting field locations really helps to understand our Bay Area environments. Activity Summary Each student will take a minimum of one (more than one is encouraged) self-guided field trip. Plan on spending at least three hours out in the field. Appropriate background research is required so that you will understand what you see and are prepared to think critically about it once in the field. A list of suitable sites is detailed below. These locations provide a meaningful window into the nature, patterns, &/or processes of the Bay Area. The purpose of the field trip is to look for patterns and problems we have discussed in class out in the “real world.” You are free to choose a different field site, but must be approved of by myself.

Part I: Pre-Trip Planning Before you visit a field site, do background research about where you’ll visit so once you’re at the location, you can ask poignant questions, critically think about the processes taking place, and be able to enjoy your field trip on a deeper level. Part II:

Self-Guided Field Trip

Report Your Self-Guided Field Trip report is graded on the following basis:

▪ Original work and appropriate length (minimum of 1,000 words, 12 point font, double spaced)

▪ Quality of background research (include a References list and cite all sources referenced). Link your background research to what you learned in the field. GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments Spring 2019

▪ Linking field evidence to patterns/processes discussed in class readings, assignments, and lectures.

▪ Quality of writing (it should be both engaging and analytical).

▪ Inclusion of appropriate photographic evidence of your visit(s). At least one of your photos has to have you in the picture. Your Self-Guided Field Trip report is due no later than midnight on May 15th. Submit your report via TurnItIn. List of Suitable Self-Guided Field Trip Locations 1. Bay Model Visitor Center I. Description: The Bay Model is a three-dimensional hydraulic model of San Francisco Bay and Delta areas that simulates tides and currents. It is over 1.5 acres in size and represents an area from the Pacific Ocean to Sacramento and Stockton. II. Admission: free III. Hours: Tues. – Sat. 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Closed Sundays & Mondays IV. Phone: (415) 332-3871 V. Address: 2100 Bridgeway Sausalito, CA 94965 GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments Spring 2019 2. Presidio of San Francisco I. Description: The Presidio contains miles of natural coastline along with over 800 unique buildings. To understand San Francisco’s history, you have to understand the Presidio. It contains the two oldest buildings in San Francisco and served as a military post for over two hundred years. II. Visitor Center Hours: Thursday – Sunday 10:00am-4: 00 pm III. Phone: (415) 561-4323 IV. Visitor Center Address: 36 Lincoln Blvd, 94129 GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments Spring 2019 3. Muir Woods National Monument I. Description: Muir Woods, approximately 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, features a scenic park with giant redwoods, hiking trails, and a visitor center. II. Admission: $10 III. Hours: 8:00am-sunset IV. Address: 1 Muir Woods Rd, Mill Valley, CA 94941 *Note: a car would be needed to access the park V. Phone: (415) 388-7368 GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments Spring 2019 4. Alemany Farm I. Description: Community workdays are held from Noon to 5 pm every 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month and the Saturdays in-between, plus every Monday afternoon from 1:00-5: 00 pm. New volunteers are encouraged to take an orientation tour of the farm at the beginning of the workday. *Note: There is no need to sign up for a date for volunteering. Just show up on one of the scheduled days. II. Address: 700 Alemany Blvd San Francisco, CA 94110 III. Phone: (415) 341-3019 IV. Public transit is available: i. By BART: Glen Park is the closest BART station. It is a 15-minute walk to the farm.

When exiting the station, cross Bosworth St, then turn right on Bosworth and follow it under the overpass. Bear left and follow Bosworth several blocks to Mission St. Cross Mission and head east on Murray St for 3 blocks until it ends at the entrance to Saint Mary’s Rec Center. Just inside the park entrance gate take an immediate right and follow the paved drive down the hill past the playground and the dog run, then bear left and down the walkway ramp to Alemany Blvd.

The pedestrian gate to Alemany Farm is a few feet to the left. ii. Via bus from the Mission/Downtown SF: Take a 14 or 49 bus southbound on Mission Street to Bosworth (several blocks past 30th St). Cross Mission to Murray Street, then proceed along Murray and continue to the farm as described above. V. For more information, please visit GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments Spring 2019 5. Oceanside Treatment Plant I. Description: Learn about what happens to the water you use every day at a San Francisco wastewater treatment plant.

Tours take about two hours to complete and can have groups of up to 30 people. *Note: Treatment plants are functioning industrial sites in operation 24 hours a day. Hard hats are provided and must be worn at all times while on tour. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes and long pants/skirts are required for your safety. The tour involves quite a bit of walking, climbing stairs, and going underground in tight hallways and tunnels.

Wheelchairs, canes, and walkers can be accommodated, but not young children, infants, or strollers. II. Phone: (415) 695-7375 III. Email: IV. Address: 3500 Great Highway, 94132 *Note: use Skyline Blvd entrance. Great Highway entrance is closed. *Tours are available one Saturday each month. Visit for help booking an appointment. You must book an appointment ahead of time. 6. Recology tour

● Description: Recology is the science and practice of resource recovery. Recology Sunset Scavenger and Recology Golden Gate offer curbside services to residential and commercial customers in different areas of San Francisco. Recology San Francisco (“the dump”) provides transfer GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments Spring 2019 station and drop-off services for items that are not part of your curbside collection service.

● Residential and Commercial Collection ○ Recology Sunset Scavenger:

● Location: 250 Executive Park Blvd. Ste 2100 San Francisco, CA 94134

● Hours: 8 AM – 5 PM ● Contact: (415) 330-1300 Recology Golden Gate: ● Location: 900 Seventh Street San Francisco, CA 94107 ● Hours: 8AM – 5PM ● Contact: (415) 626-4000 II. SF Dump & Transfer Station i. Recology San Francisco: ● Location: 501 Tunnel Avenue San Francisco, CA 94134 ● Hours: N/A ● Contact: (415) 330-1400 7. Alcatraz Island GEOG 301: Bay Area Environments Spring 2019 ● Admission: $30 and up. (Depending on hours, and weather) ● Open: All Year ● Phone: (415) 561-4900 ● Location: Alcatraz Island is located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. A ferry, located at Piers 31-33 (cross streets of Embarcadero & Bay Street) will take you to the island. Just remember to make your reservation in advance since this popular attraction tends to sell out up to a week in advance. ● Closures: There are various locations on the island that are closed off to the general public certain times of the year, due to the nesting of a variety of sea birds. ● Special Programs: There are various ranger-led programs on a daily basis on Alcatraz. Be sure to check out the ranger programs at the dock as soon as you get off the boat for any of the popular programs on the island. For more information on ticket reservation call (415) 981-ROCK [415.981.7625] or go to ● Available Facilities: There are limited bathroom facilities on the island. They are located at the dock and at the top of the island. Food service is available on the ferry—there is no food service on the island. Picnic areas are designated only at the dock. ● Smoking is only allowed in designated areas on the dock. Rubric I. Introduction (2 Points) • Addresses the field trip location & why you chose that location (1 pt) • Motivation (why is this location important for the Bay Area environment) (1 pt) II. Discussion (10 Points) • Briefly describe the location (1 pt) • Discuss why the location relates to the course (2 pts) • Discuss what questions you had before going to the location, and how you determined answers to those questions (1 pt) • Relate your background research to your field trip (1 pt) • Provide photo evidence of you at the field trip location. At least one photo has to have you in the photo (5 pts) III. Conclusion (5 Points) • Readdresses the overall topic & it’s importance (2 pts) • Summarizes main points of the field trip and background research (3 pts) IV. Mechanics (3 Points) • Original work (1 pt) • Spelling, grammar & punctuation (1 pt) • Proper formatting (1 pt)

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