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