About the Program

Science to Stewardship is a place-based education program connecting high school students with local water quality issues, and empowering them as change-makers in their communities. Using Otay Valley Regional Park as a case study, students discover how pollution travels through our watersheds to impact our communities, rivers, and ocean. Science to Stewardship unfolds over a series of four engagements suitable for remote learning:

  1. Virtual Watershed Lesson
  2. Virtual Otay River Valley Field Trip
  3. Backyard/Neighborhood Debris Assessment
  4. Student-Led Outreach Project

Student participants in Science to Stewardship are first provided with the framework for better understanding the way pollution and debris moves through our watersheds, then see firsthand how that plays out locally in the Otay River Watershed. Next, Students learn to follow monitoring protocol and conduct environmental assessments. Using the data they have collected as the starting point, students then design outreach projects that will be used within the park to inspire and empower the community at large.

By incorporating education, community engagement, hands-on science, and advocacy to foster deeper engagement with the natural world, Science to Stewardship provides students with locally relevant real world skills, and empowers them to advocate for their own communities and watersheds.

Bringing Science to Stewardship to Your Classroom

Science to Stewardship will be ready to launch in the 2020-2021 school year. If you are interested in learning more about how to bring Science to Stewardship to you classroom, please fill out the form below. A member of the Coastkeeper education team will reach out to you to provide you with more information and begin the scheduling process.