KIDS for the BAY News - Fall 2012
Welcome to the KIDS for the BAY Fall E-Newsletter.
How does an
environmental education organization celebrate a 20 Year Anniversary?
Creating an Estuary – fall classroom lessons filled with hands-on science
Learn how you too can
Be An Environmentalist by planting native plants
And….. see what 4,014 KIDS for the BAY students accomplished in our
Annual Report for the
2011 – 2012 School Year.
KIDS for the BAY
Celebrates 20 Years!
On October 20, 2012, the beautiful greenway of Codornices
Creek was brightened by KIDS for the BAY volunteers and celebrators. How does an environmental education
organization celebrate its 20 Year Anniversary?
By doing something for the earth of course! Teachers, families, donors, board members and
other supporters joined together to plant native plants beside Codornices Creek
and to celebrate KIDS for the BAY’s 20 years of successful environmental
education programs in local elementary schools.
Planters also enjoyed a performance by Quenepas - Puerto Rican drumming,
dancing and singing youth group - and a presentation of two KIDS for the BAY
Guardian Awards, as well as delicious Cheese Board Pizza!
Visit our website for the full story.
Connect with our Facebook page to see more beautiful pictures of our event.
Creating an Estuary!
How do you make an estuary? By mixing fresh water and salt
water where the mouth of a river meets the ocean - or by creating a model of the San Francisco
Bay in your classroom using clay, salt, water and food coloring! Students in our Watershed Action and Storm Drain Rangers programs are creating models
of the bay, investigating real bay animals including striped bass and Dungeness
crab, simulating bay food chains and learning about sources of pollution to the
bay, among many other hands-on activities this fall. In the current 2012 – 2013 school year, KIDS for the
BAY will partner with 147 teachers to deliver programs to 4,334 school
students. Our programs will connect
students with nature, turn students on to science, inspire environmental action
and leave a lasting impact.
Be an Environmentalist -
Plant Native Plants!
There are many
benefits to planting native plants. Once
established, native plants require minimal irrigation and very low maintenance - you can look forward to using less water
and fertilizer and spending less time working in your garden and more time enjoying it! Native plants have developed their own
defenses against many pests and diseases. By planting natives, you can eliminate pesticide use
and keep toxins out of our creeks and watersheds. Native wildlife prefers native plants, so you
can attract more birds, butterflies and other wildlife to your garden.
Click here for
step-by-step instructions to get started
planting your own native plants.
KIDS for the BAY Annual Report for the 2011 - 2012 School Year.
“I’ve been helping the earth because of the KIDS for the BAY
program. I educated my parents about
storm drains and I blew their minds! I
felt like a teacher when I did it. Thank
you, KIDS for the BAY. When I got my
certificate, I felt like I could touch the moon!” – Abel Mendola, 4th Grade
Student, Milana Elementary School, Newark
KIDS for the BAY partnered with 140 teachers in the 2011 - 2012 school year, to deliver environmental education programs to 4,014 school
students. Field trip sites
included Strawberry Creek, Berkeley
Marina, Brannan Island and Keller Beach.
Environmental action projects included creek restoration, water quality testing, safe bay food consumption,
making natural pesticides and painting watershed murals.
Click here to read about the lasting impact of our work
in our Annual Report.