Eco-Education Archive

Award-Winning Watershed Warriors December 4, 2018

Posted by GGAS in Conservation, Nature Education. Tags: Eco-Education, Golden Gate Audubon Society, habitat restoration, nature education.

By Leslie Weir

 

“Why is there so much trash?”

“Why do people throw so much trash in the water?”

These are the questions GGAS Youth Programs Manager, Clayton Alexander, most often hears when his Eco-Education students first see the unending line of trash that appears along the San Francisco Bay shoreline as the winter rains flush garbage and debris through the watershed. This line of inquiry is full of opportunity for Clay. It allows him to…

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Tiny nest box camera = big schoolyard excitement August 14, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Nature Education. Tags: Eco-Ed, Eco-Education, inspection endoscope, nature education, nest box camera, nest boxes.

By Ilana DeBare

You’re probably seen our amazingly intimate video feed from an Osprey nest on the Richmond shoreline — the first live Osprey nest cam in the Bay Area.

But the Osprey video feed wasn’t our only peek into avian family life this year.

Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Eco-Education program used tiny digital cameras to give kids a close-up view of eggs and chicks inside schoolyard nest boxes this spring. They were thrilled!…

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Eco-Ed students discover wild San Francisco June 26, 2017

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education. Tags: Bayshore Elementary School, Eco-Ed, Eco-Education, Glen Park, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Islais Creek, nature education.

By Sharon Beals

An energetic and slightly raucous hike up the trail through the canyon was just what the classroom of fourth graders from Bayshore Elementary in San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley neighborhood needed after their morning bus ride to Glen Park.

The air was fresh, newly green willows blazed, and Islais Creek was brimming. In no time Anthony DeCicco, Golden Gate Audubon Society’s Eco-Education organizer, leader, and magician, was …

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Nest box success stories July 11, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education. Tags: Eco-Education, Golden Gate Audubon Society, nature education, nest boxes.

By Ilana DeBare

In 2015, our Eco-Education program in Richmond added a component on Bird-Friendly Schools, where elementary school students enhanced their schoolyards with nest boxes and native plants.

This year, we expanded the nest box program to nearby park lands!

Fourth graders from Montalvin, Stege, and Lake Elementary Schools built twelve wooden nest boxes and installed them in nearby Wildcat Canyon Regional Park, where our Eco-Ed field trips…

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Eco-Ed kids find beauty (and tadpoles) at Oakland creek June 5, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education. Tags: Eco-Education, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Korematsu Discovery Academy, nature education.

By Sharon Beals

It could have been the El-Nino-green willows billowing in the bird-songed breeze, or the buckeyes, their branches still full of stunning white blooms. Or maybe it was simply being out of school, and instead, standing on a tall-grassed path alongside a pooling creek, that inspired a round-faced eight-year-old boy to lower his binos and beam at me: “This is just so BEAUTIFUL!”

I’m still replaying this shared moment of joy in my mind,…

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The rewards of getting kids outdoors January 27, 2016

Posted by GGAS in Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education. Tags: Eco-Education, Golden Gate Audubon Society, nature education, volunteers.

By Pauline Grant

When I returned recently from North Carolina with a stink bug loose in my suitcase, I did not immediately toss it out the window. I placed it under a jar on my kitchen counter. A few days later, I fed it a tiny piece of cracker and a few grains of sugar. (Surely bugs eat what we eat!) Each morning I would move the jar to check if it was still alive. After ten days under the jar, someone suggested I feed it a piece of leaf. Four weeks later it is still alive.…

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A nest box newbie in the schoolyard August 3, 2015

Posted by GGAS in Birding, Golden Gate Audubon, Nature Education. Tags: Bird-friendly Schools, birdhouses, Eco-Education, Lake Elementary School, Montalvin Elementary School, nature education, nest boxes, Travel with Golden Gate Audubon Society, Western Bluebirds.

By Anthony DeCicco

Success! Pure thrilling success. I screamed “Yes!” this spring when I first saw a pair of adult Western Bluebirds entering the nest boxes made by third-grade students at Lake Elementary School in the North Richmond area.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve added a Bird-Friendly Schools component to our award-winning Eco-Education program. As part of that, the Lake Elementary students and I had determined that their grassy…

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