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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 86,541 students and more than 10,000 parents in environmental education programs; and
  • Provided curricula, resources, and training to 3,533 teachers.

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

  • Cleaned up 30,706 gallons of trash from school neighborhoods and local creek and bay habitats,
  • Planted 19,234 native plants in creek and bay habitats, and
  • Removed 32,278 invasive plants from creek and bay habitats.

In the 2017-18 school year, KftB partnered with 170 teachers and 4,853 students in our environmental education programs. 77 classes went on a nature Field Trip to enjoy, explore and clean up a local creek, bay or ocean habitat!

Our Inspired Environmentalists accomplished the following projects:

  • KftB students cleaned up 91,565 pieces of trash, totaling 2,230 gallons, from their local watershed environment
  • 486 KftB students pledged to reduce their water usage and help relieve California’s drought
  • KftB students planted 131 native plants to help restore local creek habitats
  • 424 KftB students 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)
  • 108 KftB student scientists learned how to make natural pesticides for their school and home gardens
  • 120 KftB students taught their families and peer students how to prepare and cook bay fish to reduce intake of toxins and protect their health
  • 90 KftB students studied the impacts of ocean acidification on shelled organisms and worked to reduce their carbon footprints at their schools.


“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