SPEE / Field Trips

SPEE stands for Student/Parent Enrichment Excursion.

The SPEEs for this past school year are now complete.  General rules will probably be unaltered for next fall, although we may institute some signing up procedures online.  In the meantime, if you have a suggested venue for an educational outing, please don’t hesitate to contact us:  lorraine.urfer@valleyviewcharter.org. 

The Fall Excursions are lining up!  Some are set, others are in the works.  Here is what we have so far:


#1 Thurs, Aug 29: Bay Model, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA
30 students (17 adults)    GR: K-12 (emphasis: 2-8)
: August 16, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: 60 minute class & tour about the Bay Model and the geography, water, and tide cycles. Students are encouraged to read about it and complete this lesson ahead of time:


#2 Tue, Sept 3 thru Fri, Sept 6: Outdoor Education @ Alliance Redwoods, 6250 Bohemian Hwy, Occidental, CA
Check in 9/3 11am-2pm; Check out 9/6 2pm
45 students                                  GR: 4-8
COST: $375/student; $205 per parent/additional non-VVCP sibling (at least one parent required)
DEADLINE: Full. Contact Kim Greenhouse to ask about a possible waiting list.

SPEE DESCRIPTION: Alliance Redwoods Outdoor Education provides a 115 acre outdoor classroom for students to learn and grow. The beautiful environment, quality classes, and activities transform students, and this results in deeper connections with themselves, other students and nature. The 4-day/3-night program comprises a variety of  Environmental Science classes, Challenge Course activities, Team Building Initiative classes, field trips, night hikes, and campfire/skit nights. All curriculum meets the CA State Standards for Outdoor Education.

#3 Fri, Sept 20 & #4 Mon, Sept 23: Kimberly V Art, 4214 Toyah Ct, Concord
4 classes: 11:00-12:15 & 1:00-2:15 each day
LIMIT: 4-10 students per class                 GR: K-12
COST: $25/student
DEADLINE: September 9, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Introduces students this PCI vendor’s Art Classes, with a bit of art history, and a lot of hands-on “Arting.” More specifics to follow!


#5 Thur, Oct 3: Vallejo Naval and Historic Museum, 734 Marin St, Vallejo, CA
TIME: 10:00am
LIMIT: 25 students                                   GR: 2-12
COST: Free
DEADLINE: September 16, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Program with docent to present the history of Vallejo and the part played by the US Navy in the development of the city.

#6 Date and time TDB: APEX Movement NorCal, 930 Detroit Ave, Concord.
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Introductory Parkour lessons from a PCI vendor. More information TBD.


#7 Fri, Nov 1: Forest Home Farms, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Rd, San Ramon, CA
TIME: 10:00am
$5/Student                                      GR: 2-8
DEADLINE: September 16, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: 15 students will rotate to participate in two 45-minute programs.

#8 Fri, Nov 15: Monterey Bay Aquarium, 886 Cannery Row, Monterey
11:00am (self-guided)
80 students                                       GR: grades TK-12
COST: Students are free
DEADLINE: October 21, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: All families must meet by 10:30 to get organized to enter MBA as a group. Once inside, it is self-guided, and you are encouraged to do some research on the website ahead of time to maximize your time.


#9 Date and Time TBD: San Francisco Book Center, 375 Rhode Island St, SF
30 students               GR: grades 2-12 (no one under age 7)
$150 for the group.
DEADLINE: October 14, 2019
SPEE DESCRIPTION: 2 hour activity in making books. Only enough chairs for the students: parents can hang around to assist the kids, but only students will do the binding.

#10 Date and Time TBD: Ice Skating
SPEE DESCRIPTION: Our annual Ice skating Excursion! More details to come.


–Questions? Contact Lorraine Urfer at  lurfer@valleyviewcharter.org


COMPLETED SPEE outings from the 2018-2019 school year were:

#1 & 2: Friday, Sept 7, and Mon, Sept 10: Kimberly V Art, Concord
#3 Friday, Sept 14:
One Tribe Martial Arts, Concord
#4 Friday, Sept 21:
Rosie the Riveter, Richmond
#5 Friday, Oct 12: Presidio Archeological Dig, San Francisco
#6 Monday, Oct 15: Kids and Clay, 809A Allston Way, Berkeley
#7 Wednesday, Oct 17: Kids and Clay, 809A Allston Way, Berkeley
#8 Friday, Oct 26: Mission San Francisco Solano, 114 E Spain St, Sonoma
the General Vallejo Home, 363 Third St W., Sonoma
#9   Friday, Nov 16: Lindsay Wildlife Experience, 1931 1st Ave, Walnut Creek
#10 Friday, Nov 30: Guide Dogs for the Blind, 350 Los Ranchitos Rd, San Rafael
#11 Wed, Dec 12, WALNUT CREEK ON ICE
#12 Dec 18 & 20, Exploratorium, Pier 15, SF
#13 Friday, Jan 11: Blackhawk Musem, Danville
#14 Wed, Jan 16:  Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco
#15 Wed, Jan 30: Asian Art Museum, 200 Larkin St, San Francisco
#16 Thu, Mar 7: Eugene O’Neill Natl Historic Site, Danville
#17 Tu, Mar 26: School Train Ride: Cal RR Museum, Sacramento.
#18 Wednesday, Apr 10: Point Bonita / Marin Nat’l Rec Area, Sausalito.
#19 Fri, Apr 19: SF Film Fest @ Grand Lake Theater, 3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland
#20 Thurs, May 16: The Crucible, 1260 Seventh Street, Oakland