Since 2009, the Mobile Education Unit has traveled to schools and community organizations in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to provide hands-on learning opportunities. The Mobile Education Unit runs both a Mobile Visitor Center and Mobile Fish Exhibit.
The Mobile Visitor Center is like a “classroom on wheels” filled with materials for teaching a range of nature-related topics from watersheds to lifecycles. Similarly, the Mobile Fish Exhibit, a 26-foot long aquarium on wheels, offers an up-close, memorable experience with fish from our lakes via our Fish Friends Club.
Imagine a “classroom on wheels,” filled with materials for teaching any range of nature-related topics. And it even comes with a professional nature educator! Groups of up to 30 students at a time engage in topics including: Watersheds, Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians (includes live animals), Plants, and Lifecycles (includes live animals).
The Mobile Visitor Center is also available for nature hikes at your favorite park; we will meet your class for a guided field trip and explore topics of your choice. We are also able to provide Digital Learning experiences from the parks straight to your classroom.
The Mobile Fish Exhibit is a 1500-gallon aquarium on wheels housing the most diverse collection of California Freshwater Fish.
The Mobile Fish Exhibit provides a fantastic view of the otherwise invisible underwater world, and is a great jumping off point for conversations about aquatic resource preservation & protection, as well as recreational fishing.
Subject to availability, the Mobile Fish Exhibit can offer educational experiences at like-minded community-based special events with a minimum of 500 participants.
For schools, experience the Mobile Fish Exhibit exclusively via the Fish Friends Club!
The Fish Friends Club is a free program for public elementary teachers in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties! The program connects our everyday interactions with trash and litter to our effect on the environment and food chain.
Schools that participate in the Fish Friends Club will receive a bus stipend for a field trip to a District park, an assembly day at your school with our popular Mobile Fish Exhibit, and lots of support and materials to help your effort to reduce litter on your schoolyard.
This program is subject to availability and requires an ongoing year-long commitment and one lead teacher to act as the coordinator. A minimum of 300 students is required.