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 how pollution and debris move 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 to inspire and empower the community at large.

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

Bringing Science to Stewardship to Your Classroom

If you are interested in learning more about bringing Science to Stewardship to your 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.