Earth Team Summer 2016 Hiking Series - Berkely, CA

by Earth Team
Activity Type: Camping, Stewardship
Region: Pacific West

Trains more than 100 students from Title I minority-enrollment schools to address environmental issues in their communities.

$14,000 Raised out of $14,000
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A Berkeley, CA based Environmental Education organization, EarthTeam is requesting funding to bring over 112 high school student interns from the Sustainable Youth Internships afterschool program on a series of immersive hiking field outings and camping trips at regional and national parks during the Spring and Summer of 2016.

EarthTeam works with Title-1 schools throughout the urban East Bay Area, CA. These schools have minority enrollment levels over 70%.  Our students come from underserved populations, primarily low income and are historically disadvantaged. The vast majority of our students have not had access or the opportunity to visit a regional park before joining an Earth Team program. An even smaller percentage of students we work with have been to a National Park and don’t have plans or means to visit on their own.  This grant would enable these disadvantaged minority students to not only visit regional and national parks but to connect deeply with these lands and histories while gaining the skills and confidence needed to return and potentially pursue an internship or career in the parks field.

We are proposing three separate visits to three separate National Parks. These visits and their goals are described below:

1) Leadership Environmental Action Forum (LEAF) at the Presidio National Park – May 14-15, 2016.
55 students attend a 2 day, 1 night camping trip at Rob Hill Campground in the Presidio. Activities include orienteering and hike to Baker Beach for exploration and research into coastal ecology as well as a guided program from NP ranger Fatima Colindres about park history and ecology and careers in the Park Service. Student groups also give professional presentations to peers and adult community members.

2) Point Reyes full day hike and nature exploration – July 13, 2016.
Students learn about coastal ecology through a mix of hiking, nature center exploration and program with interpretive supervisor John Golda.
 
3) Yosemite 2 night, 3 day camping trip – July 18-20, 2016.
Students learn camping and wilderness skills while exploring iconic hikes, vistas and scenery at Yosemite National Park. Students meet with a National Park education staff for at least one program to help students connect with, and learn about the park in more detail.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

140

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

Berkeley, CA