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Mission Statement

KIDS for the BAY collaborates with teachers to inspire environmental consciousness in children and cultivate a love of learning. We are committed to equal access to environmental education and to restoring a healthy environment for all communities.

KIDS for the BAY’s Environmental Education Programs:

  • Turn school students onto science through exciting, hands-on lessons and activities that engage all students, including English Language Learners;
  • Connect students with nature on Field Trips to local creek, bay, and ocean habitats;
  • Empower students to take environmental action in service-learning Action Projects that help solve critical environmental problems and raise awareness about environmental health and justice issues; and
  • Create a lasting impact through our Teacher Training and Schoolwide Impact Models, which provide teachers and schools with the curricula, equipment, and support needed to continue teaching environmental science each year.

Since 1992, KIDS for the BAY has:

  • Engaged 77,178 students and more than 10,000 parents in environmental education programs; and
  • Provided curricula, resources, and training to 3,220 teachers.

Since 1992, KIDS for the BAY student, teacher, and family participants have:

  • Cleaned up 1,465,348 pieces of trash from school neighborhoods and local creek and bay habitats,
  • Planted 18,953 native plants in creek and bay habitats, and
  • Removed 31,528 invasive plants from creek and bay habitats.

In the 2015 – 2016 school year, KftB students:

  • Cleaned up 74,758 pieces of trash (1,358 gallons) from schools, creek, bay, and ocean habitats;
  • Led Schoolwide Assemblies educating 3,000 additional students about the importance of reducing waste, trash and marine debris and using the Five Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Refuse);
  • Made and distributed green pesticides;
  • Planted native plants and removed invasive plants to help restore Strawberry Creek in Berkeley and Wildcat Creek in Richmond; and
  • Educated their families about health precautions to use when fishing and consuming fish from the San Francisco Bay.

2015 – 2016 School Year School and Field Trip Locations


“The change in my students has been more profound than anything. They now believe in themselves as scientists and have more confidence in their abilities to observe, think, and fix the issues we’re facing today. They have a much better grasp of the Bay Area and all its integrated parts.” — Eric Volan, Third Grade Teacher, Achieve Academy, Oakland

“My students never had science and environmental education come alive so much! This experience was so wonderful!” —Melissa Williams, Fourth Grade Teacher, Civicorps Elementary School, Oakland

“My son loved all the activities you did in the classroom, and the field trips you took. He is such a scientist at heart, and always came home excited to tell me about his latest KIDS for the BAY adventure. I certainly learned some helpful information about our storm drain and sewer systems too. Thank you!” —Parent, Belshaw Elementary School, Antioch

“During the period of time that KIDS for the BAY has been teaching here, students’ achievement levels have increased markedly.” —Minh-Tram Nguyen, Principal, Encompass Academy Elementary School, Oakland

“The field trip made what we learned in the classroom lessons come alive. My students loved being outside and we were excited to learn about the nature and science of the watershed we studied in the classroom.” —Denise Abersold, Fourth Grade Teacher, Ellerhorst Elementary School, Pinole

“I have learned that if you take the time to go outdoors, sit quietly, look around and listen, you can learn so much about the environment and why it is so important to keep it clean and healthy.” —Sophia, Fifth Grade Student, Ocean View Elementary School, Albany