Developing the next generation of watershed stewards.
We offer watershed education programs for all ages, which focus on connecting local communities to watersheds, nature and stewardship opportunities. Our programs are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and take into account current best practices in science and environmental education. We are committed to providing quality STEM experiences for all students.
Our elementary programs focus on introducing students to watersheds and providing opportunities for them to explore nature in their neighborhood. We believe that spending time outside in local parks is key to establishing a lifelong connection to nature and a desire to protect it.
Our Current Offerings
Our Watershed Education Programs include themes around watersheds, marine debris, and waste management.
- Explore Your Watershed is available for 4th-5th grade classes as a watershed exploration program.
- Waste Matters focuses on waste management strategies at school and selected classes participate in a Green Team.
- Bye Bye Basura highlights watersheds and litter’s impact on marine environments.
- In our Kids in Marshes/Kids in Creeks programs, students visit local creeks or marshes and engage in exploration and study of riparian or salt marsh habitat.
- We offer Riparian Lab for after school and summer programs where students investigate a local creek.
Our middle school and high school programs focus on introducing older students to watersheds through data collection, direct service, design challenge and discussion. Through actual hands-on engagement in local parks and on-going projects, we believe that middle and high school students can be inspired to become leaders in watershed stewardship.
Our Current Offerings
Wild Oysters includes four in-class sessions and two field trips using native Olympia oysters as a teaching tool. Students monitor oysters at Point Pinole and visit Tomales Bay.
Rains to Roots offers curriculum on low impact development and greening urban watersheds. This program includes three in-class lessons and a service learning trip to the Richmond Greenway.
Our Service Learning Programs include service trips to various restoration sites, including tree planting opportunities.
We offer Trash Assessments and Organized Clean-ups, which provide opportunities for youth to clean or assess a local creek or shoreline.
College and Beyond
We seek to encourage the next generation to discover their passion for environmental work.
Green Collar Corps is a job training program for youth from Contra Costa County. It focuses on leadership and basic job skills training, as well as specific instruction in conservation and restoration work.
Our interns contribute directly to meaningful and exciting projects, learn new skills, and gain valuable experience, all while working for vital environmental change.
Please visit our Green Careers page for more information about our current offerings.
It is only with the help of teachers that we can aspire to developing environmental stewards. We partner with teachers to implement our programs and we offer professional learning opportunities on how to teach about watersheds and engage students in hands-on science. We have a long history of high quality curriculum offerings and continue to develop and revise curriculum on a variety of environmental topics.
Resources for Educators
Resources for educators and selected watershed activities coming in Fall 2017!
Explore your watershed with fun family activities from our Summer Photo Contest.
Teachers and Schools
If you are interested in bringing one of our education programs to your school or participating in one of our professional learning experiences, please fill out the interest form below and allow for 1-2 weeks for a response from one of our Education Team staff to get back to you.
For all other education inquires, please contact: email@example.com