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STUDENT PROGRAMS

Our student programs, aligned with California’s Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards, help students gain an understanding of Bay ecology and local wetlands, drawing on the connections between human actions and the impact on the environment.

WE INSPIRE FUTURE BAY STEWARDS

A typical program includes one hour for educational activities and games, and one to two of restoration project time. All of our restoration activities are accompanied by educational and informative games or activities to teach about the importance of wetland habitats to San Francisco Bay. All equipment and instruction is provided; your students should simply be prepared to be outdoors for the day.

Below, please find additional information about each of our program offerings:

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Bay Discovery

Bay Discovery is our most popular education program providing a half-day experience that engages students on the history and importance of local wetlands while empowering them to make a difference through habitat restoration.

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S.E.E.D.

The three-day Students Engaged in Ecological Design program (S.E.E.D.) spans fall, winter and spring. Students have the opportunity to engage in all aspects of the restoration cycle, from collecting seed to maintaining a restoration site.

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D.I.R.T.

Digging into Restoration Technology (D.I.R.T.) is a two-day soil science program where students collect scientific data such as pH, salinity, and soil moisture to make inferences about the impacts of restoration on soil conditions.

BAY DISCOVERY

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This introductory program brings students to the shoreline to gain a deeper understanding of San Francisco Bay, local wetlands, and our rich relationship to them. Save The Bay’s field staff lead students in educational activities that teach about the history and ecology of wetlands, as well as restoration activities that exhibit the positive impact we can have on our environment. After learning about threats such as climate change, pollution, and invasive species, participants engage in activities to restore the shoreline and improve habitat for a healthier, more sustainable San Francisco Bay for now and generations to come.

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Grades

K–12

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Sites

Oakland, Hayward, Redwood City and Palo Alto

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Days

Programs are hosted Tuesday–Friday, year-round

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Time

Programs are three hours in length, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

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Restoration Activities

Depending on the season, activities include mulching and watering, removing invasive weeds, planting seedlings or picking up trash.

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Themes

  • San Francisco Bay history
  • Bay ecology
  • Watershed science
  • Human impact

Programs are available for customization to support in classroom curriculum. Aiming to meet a specific NGSS standard? Simply let us know your learning objectives and we will tailor the program to meet your educational needs.

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Bus Funding

Scholarships for bus transportation are available to schools where at least 40 percent of the student body is eligible to participate in the free or reduced-price meal program.

REGISTRATION FORM

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