Program: DIRT

Topic(s)
Baylands Ecology, California History, Early California Indians/Ohlone, Ecology, Living With Our Environment, Nature Walk, Plant Biology/Botany
Description
DIRT is a community and school-based program engaging middle and high school students in the science of tidal marsh and upland restoration in the San Francisco Bay. This program combines service learning and science technology into one program. Students will contribute directly to Bay restoration while also engaging in technology-based assessments of soil and location. This soil science data on pH, salinity, soil moisture, and GPS coordinates will be collected by students in the field during DIRT field trips using handheld SPARK dataloggers. Back in the classroom students analyze soil data and login to our Virtual Marsh to upload their findings on this innovative citizen science platform.

The DIRT program requirements: minimum 15 and maximum 35 students, grade levels: 9-12, one teacher

Two-Three Field Trips
Seasonal field trips allow students to collect data on salinity, pH, soil moisture and other attributes across different seasons while contributing directly to Save the Bay’s Community-Based Restoration efforts. Check out our map of local restoration sites and help recruit more DIRT schools by posting our flyer.

Optional Class Visits
(one pre-trip & one post-trip)
These classroom lessons are designed to give students background on Bay history and ecology, soil science and the SPARK Data Tool.

Classroom Data Analysis
Teachers will have the option to receive data that can be used during in-class instruction, providing students with a meaningful link between the field and classroom lessons. Students will also be able to see their data’s geographic location in Save the Bay’s Virtual Marsh and on open source programs like Google Earth.

Youth Leadership Summit
This a chance for students to showcase and present their community action projects CAP, network with other students and employers, as well as learn out about environmental career opportunities.
Location(s)
Field Trip
Duration
4 hours
Grades
9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
Standards
Physical Science - K-1
Areas of Service
Eden Landing (Hayward/Union City)
MLK Shoreline (Oakland)
Palo Alto Baylands (Palo Alto)
Ravenswood Pond (Menlo Park)
The Faber Tract (East Palo Alto)
Creekside Park (Larkspur)
Bothin Marsh (Mill Valley)
Redwood Creek (Redwood City)
Colma Creek (South San Francisco)
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