During Summer Camp KftB has a special Girls Science Session where we highlight women’s accomplishments to empower young girls to love science! According to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, “in 2011, women made up 26 percent of the science workforce” and we know that the more women in STEM the better!
In late May, fifth and sixth grade student scientists from Verde Elementary School in Richmond took their education outside to Muir Beach in Marin, where they explored everything from the sand to the sea! This beautiful ocean beach became an outdoor classroom where students learned about different types of seaweed, the components of sand, and how to explore the tide pools that were teeming with sea life!
Why is marine plastic pollution an important issue? KIDS for the BAY Instructor Cynthia DeLeon and third grade students from James Madison Elementary School in San Leandro set out to investigate this pressing question in the Storm Drain Rangers Program.
Perfectly overlooking the San Francisco Bay, Crab Cove offers its wide, sandy beaches and sun-soaked grassy field to families and school communities for play and exploration by the bay.
The San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary on the West Coast of North America. Its waters and wetlands extend to more than 40% of California! It includes some of the state’s most important ecosystems and habitats, housing endangered bird populations and over 1,000 species of animals. In the KIDS for the BAY Watershed Action Program, students are amazed to learn just how special and unique their local watershed is.
What can 53,073 nature-loving volunteers achieve in three hours? Many things, including cleaning up more than 734,606 pounds of trash from our beautiful California shorelines! KIDS for the BAY staff, family and friends were proud to join the 2018 Coastal Clean-Up effort on a special, sunny Saturday morning at Point Pinole in Richmond with East Bay Regional Park District. Together, our team cleaned up over 2,800 pieces, totaling 52 gallons, of trash!
China Camp State Park is home of one of the only remaining shrimping villages in the entire Bay Area! This summer, KIDS for the BAY Summer Campers were lucky enough to attend KIDS for the BAY’s first ever Field Trip visit to China Camp State Park.
I didn’t know we were going to get to see a kingsnake!” exclaimed eight year old Summer Camp Explorer, Alison, as a spectacularly large snake was carefully placed on the ground in front of her. Zoology week sparks a love for animals and wildlife, as campers learn all about the animal kingdom. From meeting local Bay Area animals at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum to discovering exotic animals, like ternecs, which many campers had never heard of at the Oakland Zoo, every day was an adventure!
After months of dedicated planning, student scientists and biologists glimpse the intricate and complicated relationship between a special ecosystem and the humans taking care of it and take action together
Is it worth it to do a neighborhood clean-up in the pouring rain? Storm Drain Rangers at Altamont Creek Elementary School think so! By Haley Thiltgen, Environmental Educator The 2018