Former KIDS for the BAY Student Discusses Career in Environmental Education

KIDS for the BAY (KftB) Communications Coordinator Amy Asmussen interviewed former KftB Student Luis Angel Gonzalez, now Garden Manager, Environmental Educator, and Plant Whisperer at Urban Tilth’s Verde Partnership Garden. In fourth grade, Angel participated in the Watershed Action Program at Chavez Elementary School in Richmond. Jonah Yamagata, who now also works at Urban Tilth as the Native Plant Nursery Manager, was Angel’s KftB Educator for his fourth grade class! 

Amy sat down with Angel to learn more about his experiences with KIDS for the BAY and his work teaching garden classes to elementary and middle school students and maintaining this special green space, which has served North Richmond communities for over twenty years.

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Richmond Environmentalists Connect with Nature!

Second grade students at Verde Elementary School explored Wildcat Creek, which flows past their school, and discussed the importance of healthy waterways, and how they are all connected to the nature around them as part of a KIDS for the BAY- Richmond Outdoors Coalition partnership program.

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Richmond Watershed Rangers Help Reduce Plastic Pollution

“Why do people litter so much!” exclaimed Adham, a fourth grade student at Ford Elementary School in Richmond, as he extracted an Oreo wrapper and a plastic Coca-Cola bottle cap from a shrub growing near Wildcat Creek. The problem of plastic trash pollution in our neighborhoods, creek waterways, the bay, and the ocean is growing, and KIDS for the BAY Environmentalists are taking action! 

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KIDS for the BAY Student Ambassadors Share Their Hopes for the Environment

KftB Educator Sakshi Srivastava met with Student Ambassadors from Madera Elementary School in El Cerrito to learn more about their experiences with our Watershed Action Program. In conversations with Ms. Sakshi, Madera Student Ambassadors shared how their KftB program has impacted their journey as Environmentalists and leaders. Students also shared their concerns about the environment, as well as what gives them hope.

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Small Acts, Big Impacts: KIDS for the BAY Students Help Take on Big Plastic 

KIDS for the BAY (KftB) is excited to be a bigger part of the solution to reducing plastic pollution and microplastics in 2024. Our young Environmentalists have recorded the types and amounts of plastic pollution collected in school neighborhood, creek, bay and ocean cleanups for many years. Now we’re going a step further by tracking the brands of plastic trash they collect, as part of a Plastic Pollution Audit based on the Break Free From Plastic Guidelines. By sharing our students’ data with Earth Island Institute, our fiscal sponsor, we are helping to bring the first major lawsuit of its kind against the biggest plastic polluting corporations.

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The Five Rs of Gift Giving

The holidays are here, and everyone is excited for this special time of celebration and connecting with friends and loved ones! Unfortunately, it’s also a season full of excess, waste and–you guessed it–plastic. On these days of joy, we hope to fill up our hearts and our homes with laughter and love. We don’t want to fill up our landfills too. How can you do your part to protect the environment during the holiday festivities? KIDS for the BAY can help! 

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Creeks, Lakes and Ponds, Oh My!

At KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp, our campers spend every day outdoors exploring nature. Their hands-on investigations and moments of awe and wonder are led by KIDS for the BAY Educators with a strong passion for the environment and for sharing its beauty and value with others. The fresh waters flowing through our camp locations in unique creek, pond and lake habitats provide transformative settings that foster deep nature connections and an appreciation for the natural world in all our campers. Read more about our favorite moments from Summer Camp 2023.

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Dedicated Teachers Inspire San Pablo Students to Clean Up Wildcat Creek 

KIDS for the BAY (KftB) celebrated the 29th annual Wildcat Creek Cleanup event on October 14, 2023 in collaboration with the City of San Pablo and local schools.The cleanup inspired a turnout of more than 30 volunteers, including three teachers from Dover Elementary School, whose enthusiasm for the cleanup helped inspire their students to take action.This event helped our young Environmentalists, teachers and parents alike recognize the importance of caring for their local greenspaces and their potential to make an impact!

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Leading a Lifetime of Ocean Stewardship

With the support of the Whale Tail Grants Program, KIDS for the BAY (KftB) has empowered hundreds of Richmond students and families to lead a lifetime of watershed and ocean stewardship. Last school year, students from four Richmond schools learned about our oceans, what the ocean provides for people and wildlife, and the importance of caring for the marine ecosystems we all depend on.

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Young Environmentalists Beautify Richmond Greenspaces

Art is an important educational tool that helps students develop lifelong skills. Art increases cognitive ability, encourages creativity and helps students develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Students can use art as a tool to help them understand complex topics, and to connect with peers and with their community.

KIDS for the BAY recently launched a new program, The Richmond Parks and Watershed Rangers Program, to help students create public art installations to brighten parks and greenspaces in their community.

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