If you are a 4th or 5th grade teacher who will be participating in the Splash Elementary Program this school year, this page contains information and documents that may be useful to you. If you have not yet been accepted into the program, please visit Information for Prospective Splash Teachers.
This sign-up form is for public school teachers participating in the Splash Elementary Program. All others should visit the public programs section for information about public tours of the vernal pools.
We are pleased to offer this curriculum to anyone wishing to use it for educational purposes. In order to continually improve and track the use of the curriculum, we ask for your contact information and a brief description of how you intend to use it. In exchange, we would be happy to answer any questions you have and support your use to the best of our ability. Splash will not share your contact information with anyone.
On the day of your field trip, please arrive at the Splash Education Center between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Another class, either from your school or from a different school, will arrive at about the same time. Upon arrival, please keep your students on the bus or in vehicles to await further instructions. This avoids chaos in the parking lot.
If you are a teacher participating in the Splash Elementary Program, please fill out this form to request a packet of fairy shrimp eggs. We regret that we are only able to supply eggs to those currently enrolled in the program.
Inside your Fairy Shrimp Kit, you will find a white envelope. Inside the envelope is a folded coffee filter. It contains a small amount of what looks like dust or dirt. In this dust are some of the most amazing structures you can find on earth – the eggs of the vernal pool fairy shrimp. Each egg contains a baby shrimp, an embryo in suspended animation. In its drought resistant casing, it waits patiently for the right time to hatch out and begin its life cycle!
Mr. Toad was dropped off at an area pet shop after having been in captivity for many years. When wild animals are kept in captivity for so long, they often lose their ability to survive in the wild, so Mr. Toad found a permanent home at Splash…
For 2 billion years, bacteria were the only creatures on Earth. Long before the dinosaurs, a special type of bacteria slowly increased the level of oxygen in the Earth’s air to 20 percent. Without this oxygen other plants and animals could not have evolved, including us.