Program: BEST

Topic(s)
Baylands Ecology, California History, Early California Indians/Ohlone, Ecology, Living With Our Environment, Nature Walk, Plant Biology/Botany
Description
BEST is an environmental leadership program building the next generation of Bay stewards by training upper level high school students to be educators and mentors for younger learners in the field of ecological restoration. Mentors develop leadership skills and model environmentally responsible behaviors as they lead younger learners and collaborate with other emerging environmental leaders.

The BEST program requirements: minimum 15 and maximum 35 students, mentor grade levels: 11-12th, one mentor teacher. Mentee grade levels: 5-9th, one mentee teacher.

Two field trips
(one mentor & one mentor/mentee)
Students will instruct students on various aspects of wetland ecology, restoration and native planting at our local restoration sites. Check out our map of local restoration sites and help recruit the BEST schools by posting our flyer.

2 classroom lessons
(one by Save The Bay & one mentor-to-mentee)
These interactive classroom lessons are designed to familiarize students with the San Francisco Bay salt marsh ecosystem and provide a basic overview of restoration ecology.

Community Action Project
Students will choose an environmental issue facing their community and take action to implement a positive solution. Example of CAPs could be start a school recycling program or planting native plants around the school grounds.

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
5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th 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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