“Now we’re walking out… across the marsh!”

This is not something you hear most teens shout on a typical weekday, but a group of take-charge girls from Belmont’s Notre Dame High School got the chance during one of Save The Bay’s DIRT programs. And they did more than announce their next steps: they filmed them!

A student named Gina from Notre Dame’s AP Biology class captured the whole trip on camera as part of a web series called: “Teens Do Science.” Gina caught the action as her classmates took measurements on soil characteristics and assessed plant biodiversity. She was eager to share what they were doing and why it was important, and I was energized by her excitement.

As Save The Bay’s Restoration Education Program Manager, I’m thrilled that our DIRT program teaches 9th through 12th graders from around the Bay Area about soil science and tidal marsh transition zones. But I’m truly excited that DIRT empowers teenagers, especially young women, to feel confident in their math and science skills. Connecting a new generation to our local wetlands through observation, data collection, and hands-on restoration will lead to a brighter future for the Bay Area.

Thank you, Gina and friends, for capturing this exciting day. We hope to see you in the field again soon!

Rachelle Cardona

As the Restoration Education Program Manager, Rachelle works to provide a hands-on learning experience to students of the Bay Area. In her eyes, every young person deserves the opportunity to learn about the Bay in their backyard and feel rewarded in giving back to this important ecosystem by restoring Bay wetlands. In addition to her passion for wildlife and the environment, she enjoys cooking for friends and family, murder mystery novels, and watching the San Francisco Giants.