KIDS for the BAY News - Winter 2013
In this edition of the KIDS for the BAY Winter E-Newsletter ........
THANK YOU so much to
all our Major Donors for helping us to
reach our Matching Gift
Neighborhood Clean-Up Projects Reduce Pollution to the San Francisco Bay
Learn how you too can
Be An Environmentalist by
reducing plastic marine debris
And….. get ready for summer by signing up your young environmentalists
for our KIDS for the BAY
Summer Camp 2013!
THANK YOU to our
KIDS for the BAY raised $20,000 in major donations of $250 -
$1,000 in honor of our 20 Year Anniversary in 2012! The Dean Witter Foundation will match these
funds for a total of $40,000 to help support our programs in the 2012 – 2013
school year, which will reach 147 teachers and 4,334 school students. We want to say a very big THANK YOU to our major donors, including: retired
teachers who were former participants in KIDS for the BAY programs, advisory board
members, friends and family members, parents of our school students and summer
camp kids, KIDS for the BAY staff and many others in our network. We really appreciate all your support for our
Click here to see our Inspired Environmentalists in action
new KIDS for the BAY video.
Neighborhood Clean-Up Projects
Did you know that the storm drains in your neighborhood
drain directly to creeks that connect with the San Francisco Bay? Rainwater from our streets goes un-cleaned
into storm drains, washing pollution into our local creek and bay ecosystems. KIDS for the BAY students have taken to the streets this winter to
clean up their school neighborhoods and prevent harmful trash from getting into
storm drains that lead to the bay. Armed
with tongs and bags for collecting trash and for recycling, KIDS for the BAY students have
collected hundreds of pounds of garbage from their local streets. It is amazing how enthusiastic our students
are about helping the earth by cleaning up their local environment. Take a look at what they are
Visit our Facebook page
to see more pictures of our
students’ neighborhood clean-up projects.
Be An Environmentalist – Reduce Plastic Marine Debris
Up to 80 percent
of marine debris comes from land-based sources. This debris flows into storm
drains, then into creeks, estuaries and the ocean. More than 60 percent of
marine debris is comprised of plastic material. Due to its durability,
buoyancy, and ability to absorb and concentrate toxins present in the ocean,
plastic is especially harmful to marine life and the humans who use marine life
as a food source. Studies show that
there are 46,000 pieces of plastic litter floating on every square mile of the
ocean. More than 1 million birds and
more than 100,000 whales, seals and turtles, and countless fish worldwide, are
killed by plastic debris each year. These deaths occur through entanglement,
suffocation and starvation by ingestion.
Do your part to reduce plastic marine debris by reducing your use of
plastic. Every day you can: refuse single-use plastic bags, reuse plastic materials,
recycle plastics where possible and make sure plastics are properly disposed of
and do not find their way into storm drains, creeks, the bay and the ocean.
Find out how you can help to reduce plastic marine debris.
KIDS for the BAY Summer Camp 2013 Now Enrolling
Let's Get Outside!
Join KIDS for the BAY for a fun-filled summer of hands-on science and
nature exploration in the outdoors. Our
summer camp takes full advantage of the amazing natural spaces in our own
backyard. Campers will explore bay and ocean shorelines, visit botanical
gardens, hike along beautiful creeks, collect insects from ponds, and swim in a
New this summer -we are offering summer camp sessions for 5-8 and 8-11 year olds.
In our new KIDS for the BAY Explorers camp, 8-11 year olds will embark
on exciting Bay Area adventures including kayaking on the bay, exploring the
ocean, hiking up a river, boating on Lake Merritt, and orienteering through a
forest. Campers will also engage in higher-level science learning in hands-on
investigations of aquatic environments.
– the first two people to email firstname.lastname@example.org
and give the code word “EXPLORERS” will receive $100 off the price of one
session of our new KIDS for the BAY Explorers Camp.