Programs for Schools
KIDS for the BAY Programs for Schools turn school students onto hands-on science learning, connect students with nature, empower students to become active Environmentalists and provide professional development and ongoing support for partner classroom teachers. All programs are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core Curriculum. Parent participation is actively encouraged.
KIDS for the BAY will engage your entire elementary school community in hands-on science lessons and Environmental Action Projects. Each grade level will adopt a special habitat and learn how the school neighborhood, local creeks, the San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean are inter-connected in the unique San Francisco Bay estuary watershed.
Bay Estuary Classroom Workshops bring the San Francisco Bay estuary to life in your classroom with engaging hands-on activities. Young scientists investigate animals and plants that live in the bay, create a three-dimensional bay model, and make food chain connections.
Field Trip Explorations take students and teachers on exciting Field Trips to explore aquatic ecosystems. Each experience involves close-up, hands-on encounters with nature in a creek, bay, or ocean habitat.
We also offer Walnut Creek Field Trip Explorations: Civic Park for schools in Walnut Creek.
Thanks to the generous support of our foundation, corporate and government funders and our individual donors, KIDS for the BAY is able to offer scholarship programs, either for our most low-income, urban school partners, or for schools located in a particular city. Please contact us to determine if your school qualifies for one of the scholarship programs described below.
The Watershed Action Program includes interactive Classroom Lessons at the school site and Field Trips to local creek, bay, delta, or ocean habitats. Students learn their place in their watershed through hands-on science investigations and choose how they will take action to help clean up and restore their local watershed environment. Teachers receive professional development in environmental science education and academic credit units through our partnership with California State University East Bay.
The Storm Drain Rangers Program teaches students how their neighborhood connects with local creeks and the San Francisco Bay. Students practice storm water pollution prevention, and environmental leadership. A Schoolwide Assembly engages the entire school community in litter prevention and waste reduction using the Five Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Refuse). Teachers receive professional development in environmental science education and academic credit units through our partnership with California State University East Bay.
In the Watershed Rangers Program, students learn about the importance of the San Francisco Bay estuary watershed and how we can all play a part in keeping it clean and healthy. In this exciting, hands-on program, students take direct action to prevent storm drain pollution and divert our solid waste stream by using the Five Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot and Refuse).
Academic Credit For Teachers
Teachers participating in the KftB Watershed Action or Storm Drain Rangers Programs have the opportunity to earn up to eight Continuing Education Units through our Academic Credit Program partnership with California State University East Bay.
Join KIDS for the BAY for our engaging follow-up program! The Blue Watershed Classrooms Program will inspire and support classroom teachers who have previously participated in a KIDS for the BAY program in developing a watershed-friendly, Zero-Waste classroom community.