Spring News from KIDS for the BAY and Special Offer
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Spring 2015

 Habitat Restoration with Mira Vista School's Inspired Environmentalists
smile (2)“I hope the bees like these flowers!” exclaimed Rennae, a third grade student from Mira Vista School in Richmond.  Students spent a wonderful day in Alvarado Park planting native flowering plants and caring for their local Wildcat Creek. They were very excited to walk to the creek from their school! As they got closer to the creek a student named Jawon commented, “Look! There’s the creek, I can hear it too!”

Jeff McKenna from East Bay Regional Parks District and KIDS for the BAY Instructor John Greiling organized the creek restoration project.  Every student planted a native perennial flower, mulched it and watered it. Third grade student Rennae explained, “We are spreading mulch to keep in moisture.” A total of 62 plants were planted and the two plants selected for the project, Penstemon Heterophyllus and Grindelia Hirsutula, have blue and yellow flowers - the same colors as Mira Vista School!

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desolation nightNew Overnight Summer Adventures are Here!
What could be better than spending your days in nature all summer long? How about spending your nights in nature as well! KIDS for the BAY is introducing two wonderful new overnight experiences for our campers.  Hiking Explorers is designed for campers age 8 to 11. It is a day camp with one overnight experience. Wilderness Explorers invites campers age 11 to 14 to spend five days camping and backpacking in Desolation Wilderness!  In both camps, campers will hike through wild and beautiful ecosystems to explore meadows, investigate secret lakes and lagoons and discover hidden beaches and creeks.  They will explore ancient forests and experience overnight camping adventures under the stars.
Our two new camp themes provide the opportunity for campers to make a deeper connection with nature by hiking further, exceeding personal goals and learning to practice Leave No Trace principles in an ideal environment for real-life and hands-on science learning. Not only will campers be learning how to survive in nature, but they will be challenged with minimalist living, leadership roles, teamwork/communication activities and personal reflection time. 
Hiking Explorers camp runs from July 13 to 17 and our Wilderness Explorers Backpacking Trip is taking place from July 6 to 10.
To learn more and register wisit our website!
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Be an Environmentalist:
Restore your Garden with Native Plants
Gardening with locally native plants will make your garden look beautiful while benefiting the environment and saving you money! Native plants need less irrigation than other types of plants and therefore use less water and decrease your water consumption costs. Using native plants will also avoid the use of harmful pesticides as these plants have natural defenses against local pests and diseases. Wildlife will be plentiful in your native garden since research shows that native organisms such as butterflies, hummingbirds and beneficial insects prefer native plants.


Do you want to know how to get started with your own native plant garden?

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cox_oakland_AP001Now is the Time to Support KIDS for the BAY
This is an important time for environmental education.  Our students work towards healthier, cleaner ecosystems throughout their school year. Their critical thinking skills and environmentally friendly behavior choices are shaped by the knowledge they acquire from KIDS for the BAY programs. When you donate to KIDS for the BAY, you are helping to protect your  local creek, bay and ocean habitats.  You are giving a child inspiration and empowerment to take action.  You are effectively enabling elementary school students in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to become Inspired Environmentalists.
Thank you for your support.  Please click here to make a one-time donation or become a sustaining member of our Evergreen Monthly Donors Club.

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Thank you for your generous support!
Special Offer
Thank you for reading our Spring E-Newsletter! You are now eligible for a special offer for our Summer Camp 2015! 

The first four people to email  aislinn@kidsforthebay.org with the code words
SPRING E-NEWSLETTER will be eligible for a $100 discount when they register their child for Ecology Adventures, Hiking Explorers or Girls Science Explorers camp sessions. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity and email Aislinn today!
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