Bottom Line: Local Environmental Education Programs offer students, teachers, and families a chance to explore their natural world, develop a deep appreciation for our local environment and an understanding of the importance of responsible stewardship.
There are many environmental education programs offered throughout San Mateo County. These incredible programs give students opportunities to observe natural ecosystems, engage in hands-on discovery activities, and receive knowledgeable scientific instruction. These valuable programs lead students to an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship. There is a range of affordable or free environmental educational programs available for student groups, teachers, individuals, and families.
Certain programs focus on awareness about the Bay, wetlands and marine life such as Save the Bay's award-winning Watershed Education Program and the Marine Science Institute's programs. The Watershed Education Program provides students and teachers with a connection between their daily lives and a local wetland and a sense of responsibility through active stewardship projects. The Marin Science Institute encourages students to be researchers for a day aboard their 90-foot research vessel. They also use their trailer-mounted aquarium to bring marine life to schools.
Other programs offer farm and wilderness experiences, providing students with opportunities to learn about the production of food and fiber and the interrelationships of plants and animals in their natural habitats. At Hidden Villa, a nature preserve and organic farm, children get the opportunity to hike along a beautiful creek, milk a cow or goat and harvest vegetables with on-site naturalists providing instruction. The award-winning San Mateo County Outdoor Education Program focuses on providing a wilderness experience to school groups. They give students the opportunity to explore forest and beach ecosystems and work together building community skills.
- Explore the options and enroll your child, family or class group in one of these amazing programs today!
- Take advantage of one of the teacher training programs offered by these organizations.
- Volunteer for any of these amazing organizations.
Save the Bay Website: http://www.savesfbay.org
Marine Science Institute: http://www.sfbaymsi.org
Coyote Point Museum: http://www.coyoteptmuseum.org
Elkus Ranch: http://cesanmateo.ucdavis.edu/Custom%5FProgram/
Hidden Villa: http://www.hiddenvilla.org/
San Mateo County Office of Education: http://www.smcoe.k12.ca.us/homex.asp?Q=Homepage
Students in Canoes-Save the Bay's Watershed Education Program: http://www.savesfbay.org