San Diego Coastkeeper’s education philosophy encompasses experiential learning, using inquiry-based, hands-on, and student-led activities to help spark lifelong curiosity, critical thinking, and investigative learning.

Our multi-pronged approach uses community engagement, advocacy, hands-on activities, and field study to engage students in experiential learning that will have lasting impacts and allow for individual learning styles. We focus on issues relevant to the local community, identifying age appropriate materials and concepts, incorporating cultural factors, and providing equitable services. See below for the programs offered.

Project SWELL

Currently available for grades K-6 within San Diego Unified School District

Project SWELL is a hands-on K-6 water science and pollution prevention curriculum and guided lessons, available for implementation in San Diego Unified School District. Developed in partnership with the City of San Diego, Think Blue, and San Diego Unified School District, the curriculum features lessons designed to empower San Diego’s youngest generations to take on real world challenges.


Walking Field Trips

Currently available for grades 2-6 within San Diego Unified

Build onto your guided lesson with a walking field trip. With walking field trips, students not only learn about current environmental issues, but witness first hand how the lesson is relevant to their schools, neighborhoods, and communities as they explore a nearby watershed feature. Along the way, students participate in a community cleanup and have a direct positive impact on their watershed. 


Climate Stewards

Currently available for Title I schools

Our Climate Stewards project was developed to facilitate local students’ understanding of the connections between climate and water science. By utilizing in-depth presentations and hands-on activities, the program inspires and empowers students to take action to address the globally-scaled problems of marine debris and climate change at local, community-oriented levels.


Ask an Expert

Students, whether you are researching a class project or just have a curious mind, you are invited to request a conversation with a member of our education team as part of our Ask an Expert program! Students may schedule time to call, interview, or video chat with our staff, to ask questions about water, climate, stormwater, pollution, and solutions to lessen their impacts on the environment. 

Appointments are available in 15 minute increments, Mondays 1:00-2:00 and Thursdays 9:30-10:30