Environmental Education

Empowering youth to protect and preserve the environment

Educating children in a way that is creative, hands-on and meaningful is an investment that grows their minds as well as helps make our planet a better place. Explore Ecology helps students understand how environmental topics are interconnected and how their actions can help improve the environment. Our environmental education programs reach up to 12,000 students in Santa Barbara County through lessons and field trips covering the topics of Natural Resources, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Compost, Water Quality, and School Gardens.

Environmental Education Presentations

In-class lessons and field trips are available for public and private schools, community youth groups and camp programs.

To Schedule, call 805 884-0459 x 16 or email lindsay@exploreecology.org.

Waste Reduction Fieldtrip to Art From Scrap
Grades K-12
Students participate in an environmental education presentation focusing on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Composting. The 1½-hour field trip includes a hands-on Art Workshop offering students a creative exploration experience using reuse materials and a tour of the Art From Scrap ReUse Store.

Watershed Resource Center Fieldtrip
Grades K-12
Students participate in activities to understand watersheds and how to protect them, sources of water pollution, solutions to pollution, and the effects of plastic debris on aquatic systems. The 2-hour field trip includes taking action with a beach clean-up.

Recycling Center Tour
Grades 2-12
See a recycling center in action! Students learn what materials can be recycled, how they are recycled and what happens to them after they are recycled. The 1-hour tour takes place at the MarBorg Recycling Center in Goleta.

Waste Reduction In-Class Lesson
Grades K-12
Students participate in an environmental education presentation focusing on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Composting. The 45-minute lessons are scheduled for 4 consecutive classes a day at a school site, and include art supplies from the AFS ReUse store for teachers to use as a follow-up activity with their students.

Compost In-Class Lesson
Grades K-12
Students discover the benefits of composting, learn the secrets of decomposition and soil building, and participate in hands-on exploration of a working worm compost. The 45-minute lessons are scheduled for 4 consecutive classes a day at a school site.

Creek Kids Series I
Grades 4-12
(Santa Barbara South County and Santa Ynez Valley)
Students participate in hands-on activities to learn about watersheds, sources of water pollution, solutions to pollution, storm water and sewage systems, the physical and biological components of creeks, the effects of plastic debris on aquatic systems, and what students can do to protect these systems. The series consists of two in-class lessons and a half-day field trip to the Watershed Resource Center and a local creek.

Creek Kids Series II
Grades 4-12
(Santa Barbara North County)
Students participate in hands-on activities to learn about water as a natural resource, where their water comes from and where it goes, the water cycle, groundwater, water pollution and how they can protect the water quality where they live. The series consists of two 1-hour in-class lessons, scheduled for 3 to 4 consecutive classes a day at a school site.

School Gardening Lessons and Consultations
Grades 4-12
Hands-on lessons and site consultations are tailored to the needs of your school and include various aspects of organic gardening. Services are available for schools or youth centers wanting to start a new garden or trouble shoot an existing one. Contact 805 884-0459 x 12, tahara@exploreecology.org

Program Fees

These programs are free to most Santa Barbara County schools.
Bus stipends may be available for Watershed Resource Center and Creek Kids Series Fieldtrips.
Ask about which free services are available for your school.
Services are available for a fee for programs that are not free for your school and for out-of-county schools.

Scheduling

Call 805 884-0459 x 16 or email lindsay@exploreecology.org