YSP Field Trips

Field Trips

Explore Northern California through science


Each weekend, participants visit a different educational facility in Northern California to explore science research outside of the university setting. Participants then have leisure time in the the surrounding areas to take in the sights.

Field trip descriptions listed below represent examples of the trips taken during the past several summers. Field trips may change each year.


Monterey Bay Aquarium


The Monterey Bay Aquarium is one of the premier examples of the blend of privately supported research and a public venue for sharing research results. Young Scholars travel to the MBA and spend the morning learning about the ecology of the Monterey Bay and surrounding shoreline ecosystems. The day concludes with a chance for participants to visit historic Monterey and Cannery Row. 

UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory


The Bodega Bay Marine Laboratory provides Young Scholars the opportunity to experience research that takes place away from the main campus. Participants tour the laboratories and grounds to learn about ongoing studies. After visiting the lab we stop at a nearby beach for lunch and beach time!

Alcatraz, Exploratorium, or California Academy of Science and San Francisco


Students have visited Alcatraz, the California Academy of Sciences, or the world famous, recently renovated Exploratorium before spending time with friends visiting Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf. 

Donner Summit Overnight

Students spend two days exploring the geology, history, and ecology of the the Donner Summit region of California. Sleeping accommodations are rustic and students should plan to bring sleeping bags. Meals are provided by the camp facility dining hall.

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