Climate Kids: Supporting Youth Engagement on Climate Change - San Diego, CA

by Climate Science Alliance- South Coast
Activity Type: Hiking, Stewardship, Other
Region: Pacific West

The Climate Science Alliance's Climate Kids program teaches kids about climate change through hands on science, storytelling and art.

$480 Raised out of $5,000
7 Funders
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Please describe your project in more detail.

Climate Kids is a series of community level collaborative projects to support youth engagement on climate change through action based science activities, storytelling, and art. Each Climate Kids project brings together local artists, scientists, and educators who seek to inspire youth of all socioeconomic levels to become environmental stewards through fun, hands-on activities and outdoor experiences. Through partnerships with climate science and planning professional and qualified educators, projects provide exciting activities to keep children of all ages amazed and intrigued. By engaging kids and educating them about climate change and natural resource conservation we hope to encourage a curiosity about the natural world while giving them the tools necessary to make educated decisions about how to protect our planet in the future. Interactive and hands-on lessons help students to leave with a better understanding and appreciation for our planet, its resources, and our role as stewards. The Climate Kids program approach to experiential learning increases environmental awareness and fosters a sense of stewardship for natural resources conservation. The field trip will complement the activities in the classroom and foster that connection to understand the risks our communities and natural resources face in a changing climate.

Climate Kids programs will:

  • Reach 2000+ students with hands on science, storytelling and art on climate change and natural resource conservation in their school
  • Get those 2000+ students (including 4th graders) outside in nature for a field trip to NPS Cabrillo national monument or other field trip locations in San Diego county.
  • Provide a field trip experience for underserved schools and other students. These sites include:
    • Cabrillo National Monument
    • California Department of Fish and Wildlife ecological reserves
    • US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Systems
    • Living Coast Discovery Center  
  • Create at least 2 Bi-national Events to bring students together from Climate Kids-Mexico, Climate Kids-San Diego and Climate Kids-Tribes to meet for a field trip to NPS Cabrillo National Monument.
  • Innovative Community Engagement: The students’ art work will be displayed in the community to inspire broader community conversations around climate change and natural resource conservation

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

2,000 kids

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

  • Vivian Banks Charter School-Pala Band Mission Indians
  • Pacific Beach Elementary
  • Carmel Del Mar Elementary
  • Jefferson Elementary School
  • Through our partnership with Earth Discovery Institute we will be providing field trips for some of the following schools: Bayside Elementary, Rios Elementary, Madison Avenue Elementary, Flying Hills Elementary, Boulder Oaks Elementary, and W.D. Hall Elementary.