BioSITE Activity Kits

These kits are available for teachers to check-out and use in the classroom. Each kit has enough materials for small groups of students to get hands on study. In each kit you will have activity instructions, a materials card, and support resources.


Note: This web page is in progress, so not all of the kits have accompanying photos and activity instructions yet.


Check Out Procedure



Contact to request a kit.

One teacher can receive a kit for one week or two teachers can receive a kit for 10 days. Occasionally longer periods are possible depending on kit availability.


Pick Up:

Kits can be picked up on your scheduled date at the Children's Discovery Museum. A staff person will call you beforehand to arrange a meeting.



Please make sure all materials listed on materials card are returned.

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Kits can be returned on your scheduled date at the Children's Discovery Museum. A staff person will call you beforehand to arrange a meeting.


Thank You - We hope your young scientists change the world!


Activity Kits: Water Themed

Locate Your Watershed

Explore your home place with the selection of maps we provide your students. Use topographic maps to trace the path of water from the upper boundaries of our watershed to the Bay. Identify the major creeks of our area after putting together the pieces of our South Bay Map. Even explore what the Bay was like a hundred years ago by studying a Historic San Francisco Bay Map.


Locate Your Watershed Materials and Activity Instructions

Satellite Image Watershed Exploration

Discover what is to be found in our watershed using satellite imagery from Google Earth. Students assemble a giant map of the watershed with laminated images of the south bay.


Satellite Image Watershed Exploration Materials and Activity Instructions

Watershed of Southern San Francisco Bay

This kit can be used as an addition to the Satellite Image Watershed Exploration activity or on its own. Students put together maps of the southern San Francisco Bay and explore the maps to give them a sense of place.


Watershed of Southern San Francisco Bay Materials and Activity Instructions

Pollution Soup

This classroom demonstration and exploration kit helps students see how our Santa Clara Valley has changed over the past few hundred years. Students learn how each step along the way has presented unique challenges to our water supply. Students learn the connections between what people do and water as an essential finite resource.


Pollution Soup Materials and Activity Instructions

Wetlands in a Pan

Messy play at its best. Small groups of students work to create landscapes, design conditions that might influence change in the landscape, and then observe what happens as "rain" falls down. Using trays filled with diatomaceous earth and simple materials, students can create a landscape bordered by a wetland and see how the wetland acts as a needed filter for the bay.


Wetlands in a Pan Materials and Activity Instructions

Parts Per Million

Do your students really know what that means? This kit helps students to see what one part per million or billion really means. By using colored water, droppers, and divot trays students mix solutions of one part per ten, one part per hundred, and so on until they reach one part per billion. Many pollutants in our water ways are measured in parts per billion.


Parts Per Million Materials and Activity Instructions

Water Quality: pH Extension Kit, Dissolved Oxygen Extension Kit, and Turbidity Extension Kit


Each Water Quality Extension Kit is designed to help students explore what each variable is testing for and what the test results mean. Visuals to help explain how sediment size contributes to turbid waters, how cold water holds more dissolved Oxygen that warm water, and how different liquids can all be compared by their pH strength.

Activity Kits: Plant Themed

Sorting Through Sediment

What is down there under your feet? In just one tray of soil you can find a variety of things to test your skills of observation. We will supply sifting trays, magnifiers, and other materials to turn your students into soil scientists.


Sorting through Sediment Materials and Activity Instructions

Leaf Observations

All around you- there is something green happening! Our leaf observation kit will help your students become more aware of the nature right outside every door. This kit will give your students the opportunity to practice comparing shapes and patterns, using dichotomous keys, and identifying the trees found in our community and at the river.


Leaf Observations Materials and Activity Instructions

Photosynthesis Pencils


Make and take with this kit! And have fun and learn while you are doing this with your students. We will supply the pencils and vinyl and instructions so your students can make their own BioSITE pencil.


Photosynthesis Pencils Materials and Activity Instructions

Activity Kits: Animal Themed

Snail Inquiry Kit

Students will have the opportunity to explore the amazing snail! By way of open ended inquiry exploration, observations are recorded, questions are formed, and students learn the fun of acting like a scientist. Materials include magnifiers, measuring tools, and various materials to explore snail behavior. You will need to supply the snails!


Snail Inquiry Kit Materials and Activity Instructions

Dissect A Feather

"A Feather is a Letter From a Bird" So explore one!! Our feather dissection kit includes feathers, magnifiers, and feather diagrams to help students improve their observational skills and diagramming skills. Encourage students to explain how it is that a bird can fly? A first exploration of form and function.


Feather Dissection Materials and Activity Instructions

Fill the Bill

Every living is adapted to survive in different ways. Students will explore the many different shapes and sizes of bird beaks to figure out what would be the matching food source to "fill the bill." Students get a chance to explore bird adaptations and apply this awareness to their future days of bird watching in the field.


Fill the Bill Materials and Activity Instructions

Fish Prints

Creating beautiful fish prints is an ancient art technique. This kit uses rubber fish molds to help students create beautiful fish prints on t-shirts or paper, and all the while becoming more familiar with fish anatomy.


Fish Printing Kit Materials and Activity Instructions


Fish Printing Key to Fish

Fin Rummy

Hey! Let's play cards! This card game helps students learn about the different life stages of Salmon species, and the habitat necessary at each stage. A great game to have on hand during STEP season.


Fin Rummy Materials and Activity Instructions

Habitat Battleship

This game is played just like the favorite "Battleship" game, except students set up their macroinvertebrates in the appropriate stream niche - and play against each other to see who can find the most! Students learn about the specific requirements of individual macroinvertebrates. A favorite S.T.E.P. activity.


Habitat Battleship Materials and Activity Instructions

Make the Match Macroinvertebrate


Create your own Macroinvertebrate- or match up a real one. Students can use these unique puzzle pieces to learn about adaptations, better their skill of observation, and to discover the amazing variety of macroinvertebrates.

Macroinvertebrates of the River

A simple coloring book-- with beautiful real life pictures of macroinvertebrates to help students appreciate the many colors and varieties of critters in their stream. This coloring book was created by Stevens Permanente Creeks Watershed Council.


Aquatic Bugs Coloring Book

Owl Pellets

Students will dissect owl pellets and identify the types of animals found inside using bone identification charts. Learn about the anatomy of owls, the anatomy of their prey, and food webs while using scientific tools and recording their findings.


Owl Pellets Materials and Activity Instructions

Salmon Survival

Adult salmon face many dangers, obstacles and barriers on their migration upstream to spawn and reproduce. The Salmon Survival Game is a social, interactive simulation game which gives students the opportunity to experience the natural and human made obstacles that the spawning salmon faces in its return journey up its home river to spawn. Ranger Lester Hodgens created The Salmon Survival Game at Redwood National Park in 1985.


Salmon Survival Materials and Activity Instructions

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