Science to Stewardship

About the Program

The Science to Stewardship program is a place-based education program that engages high school students within the San Diego Bay watersheds. During the five engagement in-person program, students are empowered to become change-makers in their communities by learning about San Diego’s local water quality issues through real science. Students discover how pollution travels through San Diego’s watersheds and impacts their communities, rivers, and oceans.

Science to Stewardship Engagement Outline

Engagement #1: Introduction to Watershed Dynamics and Local Water Issues

Engagement #2: Constructing a Systems Model

Engagement #3: Data Collection and Featured Speaker

Engagement #4: Data Analysis and Creating an Action Project

Engagement #5: Sharing our Action Projects

Student participants in Science to Stewardship are first provided with the framework for better understanding how pollution and debris move through our watersheds, and build system models to reflect how environmental components affect one another within San Diego Bay’s watersheds. Next, students collect data within San Diego Bay and conduct environmental assessments. Students then analyze the data that they have collected to help 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 contact us at [email protected]. A member of the Coastkeeper education team will reach out to you to provide you with more information and begin the scheduling process.

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