OutdoorExplore After-School Nature Education - San Diego, CA

by San Diego Audubon Society
Activity Type: Hiking, Stewardship
Region: Pacific West

OutdoorExplore introduces students to neighborhood nature spaces and inspires them to develop a stewardship ethic for their environment.

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Please describe your project in more detail.

San Diego Audubon's OutdoorExplore nature education program introduces students to neighborhood nature spaces and inspires them to develop a stewardship ethic for their community‚Äôs natural environment. 

Students learn about prevalent habitats of our region and the unique adaptations that help animals and plants meet their needs. Children experience new challenges of trail hiking and outdoor exploration, build observation skills, and increase self-confidence in being outdoors in nature. As a result, students become more physically fit as they become more aware of nearby nature places and develop a connection to these places. 

OutdoorExplore programs are led by experienced naturalist guides who provide engaging and educational lessons. Our low student-to-adult ratios (one naturalist per ten students) ensure that every child has a meaningful and safe experience.

An evaluation program developed by a professional evaluation consultant is used to measure success in meeting OutdoorExplore program goals. Evaluation tools include end-of-session focus group meetings and survey data collected from students, after-school site supervisors, line staff, and naturalists. 

Evaluation results are summarized and reviewed annually and inform continual improvements and refinements to the program by managers and naturalist guides. Evaluation results collected in the past three years have shown we are meeting program goals, with positive responses to goal-related questions consistently scoring in the 90-100% range.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

If fully funded, approximately 720 elementary school children will participate in a four-week OutdoorExplore program session (four nature visits per student, or 2,880 nature visits).

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

San Diego Unified School District