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Discover the creeks and rivers of Los Angeles
Hands-on environmental science that gets students outdoors and thinking
Engage youth leaders in ecosystem stewardship
Trained educators make learning fun
The Creek Education Program works with high school students, classrooms and after-school programs throughout Los Angeles County to connect students to the environment within their own community. Using hands-on scientific assessment and field exploration, the program helps students examine the interactions between the watershed and human influence, exploring the river and local creeks under a scientific or social lens. As students complete the academic portion of the program, those interested in going further are given opportunities and support to participate in caring for their local neighborhood, with community service projects and trainings aimed at watershed stewardship.
During the school-year, this program for classrooms and after-school clubs connects students to their local watershed with standards-aligned lessons that fit perfectly into any high school History/Social Science, Biology, Chemistry or Environmental Science curriculum. Each series consists of an introductory lesson on watershed science and the problem of urban runoff; a field trip to a local creek, where students are taught the science of environmental assessment and collect data on creek health; and a final classroom lesson on how to get involved in environmental stewardship projects. Through the program students are encouraged to use scientific thinking and analytical skills as they work to collect data and determine the health of the local watershed, including what they can do to help protect it. The Creek 101 program is a perfect lead-in to service learning in any high school environment and is free to qualifying schools. Contact Jenn Swart.
Creek Week Summer Institute
Join us for this week-long scientific exploration of our local watersheds. High school students will follow and document a particular watershed along its course through Los Angeles, trekking along the creeks and riverbeds, learning its story as it moves through our city and out to the ocean. Through this program, students will be taught the fundamentals of exploratory field science, learning critical skills in field assessment and environmental analysis, as well as learning how to translate that knowledge into action. Students participating in this program will have special access to some of the hidden environments in Los Angeles, and will be given training on how they can take action to protect those spaces. Great for students interested in the real world applications of science in addressing local environmental issues, and is a great way to strengthen a resume for college or just learn more about getting involved in community action and advocacy.
The program’s $200 fee per student covers the cost of student materials, Creek Week T-Shirt, daily snacks, and lunch on the last day (lunch will not be provided Monday through Thursday). Students must have their own transportation to the field sites; carpool coordination is available.
For students who have completed either Creek 101 or the Creek Week Summer Institute, or who are just seeking opportunities to get active and engaged in protecting their local watershed, Creek Projects are the perfect way to get involved. Opportunities range from basic service-learning projects, community advocacy, coordinating creek cleanups, or captaining other special events such as Coastal Cleanup Day, Earth Month, and A Day Without a Bag. For more information on any of these programs, please contact Jenn Swart or call (310) 451-1500, ext. 153.