We partner with the City of San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) to create Project SWELL (Stewardship: Water Education for Lifelong Leadership), which balances environmental and scientific studies as a comprehensive and hands-on K-12 water quality and pollution prevention curricula.
This program lives at the heart of San Diego Coastkeeper’s environmental education game plan because Project SWELL teaches students about issues in their local ecosystems and engages them in improving the health of our ocean and waterways. We like to keep it local.
In 2010, teachers in 130 elementary schools in SDUSD and 17 schools in Oceanside Unified School District will teach Project SWELL lessons to approximately 50,000 students. We anticipate adding one new grade level per year in these districts and securing commitments to expand Project SWELL to one new school district each year.
To augment classroom lessons, Coastkeeper also engages children directly with hands-on programs at education events in the community.
Visit the official Project SWELL website to learn more about the environmental science curricula, its partners and how its based on the California Science Contents Standards to meet the learning objectives set by the California Department of Education.