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Walden West (at Saratoga)
15555 Sanborn Road
Saratoga, CA 95070
Walden West (at Cupertino)
13851 Stevens Canyon Road
Cupertino, CA 95014

Science and Sustainability Center Programs

Until further notice, all Science and Sustainability Field Trip Programs are cancelled.

Sanborn Road is posted for 2-axel vehicle access only. There is a 25 foot limit and 5 ton weight limit on vehicles. County Roads, the CHP and the Fire Marshal have determined that school buses cannot travel on Sanborn Road.

As of 6/29/2017, SCC Roads and Airports have posted updates on Sanborn Road. They can be viewed here:
Storm Damage Roads List of Projects Page.

The Abby Sobrato Science and Sustainability Center is a one-of-a-kind facility in Santa Clara County. Science programs accommodate groups of up to 90 students during one-day field trips that involve students in a unique blend of activities. Students rotate through three investigative stations where they explore the outdoors and participate in a hands-on inquiry-based science lesson and a sustainability-related lesson. These activities complement teachers' classroom lessons and are aligned to State and National Science Standards and Common Core. Lessons are lead by the Science and Sustainability Center Coordinator, center-provided volunteers, and school-provided parents who guide students through each experience. Programs are available for grade levels K-8 and more are being developed.

Field Trip Schedule

  • Buses arrive at 9:30.
  • 9:30-9:40: Introductions, rules, and overview of field trip. Students divide into three groups.
  • 9:40-10:30: Students in first rotational group.
  • 10:30-10:40: Break; snack and bathrooms (students bring snack and re-useable water bottle).
  • 10:40-11:30: Students in second rotational group.
  • 11:30-12:20: Students in third rotational group.
  • 12:20-12:30: Group wrap up and evaluations. Students are released to teachers and chaperones to eat lunch, either at Walden West or at another location.


$12/student, $250 minimum per program

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Marie Bacher, Director of Environmental Education