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A Child's Place in the Environment

An integrated hands-on environmental education curriculum with children's literature connections for K-6 teachers.

Acorn Naturalists

With resources for the trail and classroom, Acorn Naturalists catalog, in both print and electronic form, appeals to teachers, naturalists, interpreters, outdoor educators, camp counselors, parents and their children.

Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program
The Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program (ACCWP) is your local government and community working together to protect creeks, wetlands and San Francisco Bay. They offer teachers curriculum materials and field experiences through the Watershed Project, Watershed Adventures, H20 Yeah! and more.

Alliance Redwoods
Alliance Redwoods Conference Grounds is a non-profit retreat and conference center located in a beautiful, northern California Redwood forest of Sonoma county. Since 1946, we have been providing families, churches, and schools with outstanding hospitality, exciting recreational camp activities and accommodation suited to a variety of tastes and budgets.

AmeriCorps Watershed Stewards Project

Angel Island State Park

Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education
The Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education supports and inspires educators in their quest for the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential to help all learners understand, appreciate and care for their environment. As an integral part of achieving our mission, we encourage direct experience outdoors.

Astronomical Society of the Pacific
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific increases the understanding and appreciation of astronomy by engaging scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public to advance science and science literacy.

Audubon Canyon Ranch
Audubon Canyon Ranch protects the natural resources of its sanctuaries while fostering an understanding and appreciation of these environments. We educate children and adults, promote ecological literacy that is grounded in direct experience, and conduct research and restoration that advances conservation science.
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Bay Area Air Quality Management District
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is committed to achieving clean air to protect the public's health and the environment in the San Francisco Bay region.

Bay Area California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
Bay Area CREEC is here to connect Bay Area teachers with the highest quality Environmental Education Resources available. Check out the Calendar of Environmental Education events to link with professional development opportunities. To find specific programs and organizations that will help you, go to the Resource Directory with over 400 programs or resources for Bay Area educators. View the quarterly Newsletter for workshops, events, grants and contests, announcements, a providers information, and Bay Area CREEC news.

Bay Area Discovery Museum
The Mission of the Bay Area Discovery Museum is to engage, delight and educate children through exploration of and connection with the local environment and the diverse communities that live here.

Bay Area Wilderness Training
To create opportunities for urban youth to experience wilderness first hand, BAWT exists as a vital, comprehensive and ongoing source of support to agencies that lead youth wilderness trips.

Building Resources
Welcome to Building Resources, San Francisco's only source for reusable, recycled and remanufactured building and landscape materials.

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California Academy of Sciences
The Academy offers Field Trips, Docent Tours, Class Activities, Outreach Programs, Teacher Workshops and Symposia, BioForum, Educator Resources, and Naturalist Center.

California Coastal Commission
Our Public Education Program works to increase public knowledge of coastal and marine resources and to engage the public in coastal protection and restoration activities. We offer a variety of conservation, education and community involvement programs.

California Institute for Biodiversity

California Lichen Society

California Native Plant Society
The mission of the California Native Plant Society is to increase understanding and appreciation of California's native plants and to conserve them and their natural habitats through education, science, advocacy, horticulture and land stewardship.

California Water Department
To help you develop classroom curriculum pertaining to water chemistry, usage and conservation, the California Department of Water Resources offers educational materials at no charge. The online catalog contains information on contacting the Department’s Water Education Specialist with any questions as well as ideas for future materials. The site also provides an option to sign up for the Water Education Mailing List to obtain regular updates regarding upcoming grants, scholarships and other educational events.

California Waterfowl Association
CWA offers many fun and educational opportunities for youngsters, students, and adults. Whether you’re interested in recreation, exploring nature, or volunteering, we have something for you. Build your skills so you can enjoy and benefit the great outdoors.

Call of the Sea
The mission of the nonprofit organization Call of the Sea is to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with the sea through educational programs aboard traditional sailing vessels that focus on marine sciences, nautical heritage, the ocean environment and careers in the maritime profession.

Camp Chrysalis

Camp Galileo
Camp Galileo is a summer day camp which inspires kids to imagine new ideas, collaborate with peers and express themselves creatively. Kids enjoy art, science and outdoor programming every day, wrapped in fun camp traditions and delivered by highly enthusiastic staff. Our hands-on curriculum is developed in partnership with The Tech Museum of Innovation, de Young Museum and Klutz.

Camp Ocean Pines
The Central Coast of California is an unspoiled place to study nature with the experts. Camp Ocean Pines provides a unique opportunity for students to meet with excellent naturalists to study marine science and forest ecology.  Our naturalists are well versed in the California State standards, and teachers will enjoy watching their students participate in memorable activity based hands on learning in this remarkable setting.

Camp Sea Lab
Camp SEA Lab is a marine science camp adventure for youth ages 8-17. Science, Education, and Adventure are the focus as SEA Campers explore the wonders of the marine world from the top of the watershed to the bottom of the deep sea. Each day, the mysteries of the oceans are revealed through hands-on activities above, beside, and below the water's surface.  Camp SEA Lab also offers family and teacher workshops throughout the year.

Camp Tawonga
A mission-driven camping leader since 1925, Tawonga is a special place to thousands. We offer programs for children, teens, adults, couples and families, and we'd love to have you join our community. Tawonga is a great place to relax, a great place to explore nature, a great place to celebrate, a great place to find yourself and a great place play. Mountain setting, campers learn to love and respect the natural world.

Central Marin Sanitation Agency
Central Marin Sanitation Agency is a joint powers agency or JPA formed by its member agencies, which are special districts and municipalities in the San Rafael and Ross Valley areas of central Marin County, California. CMSA was formed for the purpose of constructing and operating a wastewater treatment plant located in San Rafael.

Coast Walk
Coast Walk's mission is to ensure the right of all people to reach and responsibly enjoy the California coast.


Crissy Field Center

CYO Camp & Caritas Creek EE Center
Since 1946, CYO Camp has provided a positive summer camp experience for thousands of Bay Area youth. CYO Summer Camp is located two hours north of San Francisco on 216 acres of coastal redwood forest near the quaint town of Occidental, California.

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Earth Cards

Use them as flash cards and species cards for learning.


East Bay Municipal Utilities District
A variety of materials, programs and field trips are available for teachers, students and customers to learn about wise water use, protecting watershed environments and what to do in emergency situations.

East Bay Regional Park District
From sunlit shores to shade-covered hillsides, the East Bay Regional Park District spans more than 97,000 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, offering experiences as diverse as the land itself. Our mission is to provide recreational opportunities, ensure the natural beauty of the land, and to protect wildlife habitat.

Education Outside
Education Outside is committed to advancing science in San Francisco public schools, outdoors. We believe that outdoor classrooms, conduits to nature on school grounds, are the epicenters of 21st-century learning, environmental sustainability, and innovation. In collaboration with the San Francisco Unified School District, our Corps for Education Outside staff delivers standards-based, outdoor science education to elementary school students.

Ecology Center
The Ecology Center provides information, tools, technical assistance, referrals, political strategies, and models for sustainable living. We address the public need for non-commercial information about ecologically-sensitive practices and the numerous toxic threats to society and the environment.

Ecology Center of San Francisco

Education and the Environment Initiative
California is currently poised to lead the nation in environmental literacy. This effort is termed the EEI. The California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) and the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) are actively engaged in the implementation of the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

Edventure More - Camp Edmo and Camp EdTech



Environmental Defense
Founded in 1967 as the Environmental Defense Fund, we tackle the most serious environmental problems with: strong science, innovative markets, corporate partnerships, and effective laws & policy.

Environmental Traveling Companions (ETC)

Exploring a Sense of Place
Our mission is to provide the means by which people anywhere on Earth can reconnect to the natural world where they live. The Exploring a Sense of Place programs and guidebook are the tools for discovering how to do this wherever you are.

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Farm Field Studies
Farm Field Studies brings children and young adults from around the Bay Area to local farms. Students have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning where they make connections between the environment, agriculture, and the food they eat. Our goal is to empower young people to make food choices that will positively impact their long-term health. Knowledge of where food comes from is a powerful tool for teaching good nutrition and environmental stewardship.

Farm Fresh to You
Starting with one small farmers' market in Davis that was founded by Kathy and Martin and fellow students while in grad-school and a few gourmet restaurants that understood the superior principles and quality of organic agriculture, Capay Fruits & Vegetables slowly developed a market for its produce. By the early 90's Capay Fruits & Vegetables was an established small, family organic farm supplying Bay Area stores, restaurants and farmers' markets with quality organic produce.

Felidae Conservation Fund

Forestry Institute for Teachers
The Forestry Institute for Teachers (FIT) is a multi-day residence workshop held at 4 northern California locations. The goal of FIT is to provide K-12 teachers with knowledge, skills and tools to effectively teach their students about forest ecology and forest resource management practices.

Friends of the River Foundation
Friends of the River was founded in 1973 during the struggle to save the Stanislaus River from New Melones Dam. Following that campaign, the group grew to become California's statewide river conservation organization. Friends of the River is dedicated to preserving and restoring California's rivers, streams, and their watersheds as well as advocating for sustainable water management.

Friends of the Sea Otter
Friends of the Sea Otter (FSO) is an advocacy group dedicated to actively working with state and federal agencies to maintain the current protections for sea otters as well as to increase and broaden these preservation efforts. We wish to inspire the public at large about the otters' unique behavior and habitat.

Foothill Conservancy
Foothill Conservancy, an environmental nonprofit works on land use and water resource issues in the Sierra Nevada counties of Amador and Calaveras (and beyond). One of our main campaigns at this time is seeking Wild and Scenic River designation for 37 miles of the Mokelumne River (which provides 90% of the drinking water to East Bay Municipal Utility District's customers).

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Gallinas Watershed Council
Gallinas Watershed Council (GWC) is a group of concerned citizens who live and work in Las Gallinas Valley, San Rafael, Marin County, USA.

Gateway Mountain Center

Golden Gate Transit
Based in San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District operates the Golden Gate Bridge, and two public transit systems: Golden Gate Transit buses and Golden Gate Ferry. Last year 40 million vehicles crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and 11 million customers rode the transit systems.

Golden Gate National Parks Conservany
The LINC program is a 6-week long summer program for high school students from all over the bay area. During the six weeks 18 high school students will experience lots of different types of work that happen in the GGNRA while having lots of fun and gaining valuable job experience. On the last day of the program the students get a $1000 stipend and 3units of transferable college credit.

Green Art Workshop

Green Planet Films
Green Planet Films is a non-profit distributor of nature and environmental DVDs from around the globe. We promote environmental education through film. We seek to preserve and protect our planet by collecting and distributing documentaries that can be used to educate the public about the science, beauty, and fragility of the natural world.

Greenbelt Alliance
In 1958, Dorothy Erskine, Jack Kent and colleagues founded Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks (CRRP), an organization of environmentally concerned individuals and groups that would later become Greenbelt Alliance. CRRP was created to protect parks and recreational areas in the Bay Area.

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Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
Our quarterly newsletter, Tidal Tales is now available for online viewing. Read about the natural and cultural history of the Hayward shoreline and get information on upcoming programs and events. If you receive a subscription to Tidal Tales and would like to receive it via email please contact us at

Headlands Institute
Located just north of San Francisco in the beautiful Golden Gate National Recreation Area, we partner with the National Park Service to provide residential environmental science education for students and educators, teen leadership programs, summer day camps for kids, and conference and retreat facilities.

Heyday Books
Celebrating California’s culture and history since.

Hostelling International USA, Golden gate Council
2009 marked the 75th anniversary of Hostelling International USA (formerly American Youth Hostels)

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Insect Discovery Lab
The Insect Discovery Lab is a hands-on environmental education program that brings live, rainforest arthropods to classrooms, libraries, birthday parties, and retirement communities throughout the Bay Area. As a program of, our mission is to save rainforests and coral reefs by inspiring everyone to be environmental stewards.

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Killer Whale Tales
Killer Whale Tales is an environmental education program that uses storytelling and field based science to inspire students to take an active role in the conservation of Pacific Northwest killer whales and their habitat.

KQED Education Network
KQED Education Network engages with community and educational organizations to broaden and deepen the impact of KQED media to effect positive change.

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Lawrence Hall of Science
Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) is a singular resource center for preschool through high school science and mathematics education, and a public science center with exciting hands-on experiences for learners of all ages.

LINC Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Lindsay Wildlife Museum

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Marin County Parks and Open Space District

Marine Mammal Center
The Marine Mammal Center recognizes human interdependence with marine mammals and their importance as sentinels of the ocean environment, the health of which is essential for all life: through education and communication, to increase appreciation of marine mammals, foster informed decision-making affecting them, and inspire action to protect the marine environment.

Marin Municipal Water District
MMWD is pleased to offer FREE, fun-filled and informative environmental education programs for schools in our service area during the 2009-10 school year.

Mountain Lion Foundation
The Mountain Lion Foundation is a nonprofit conservation and education organization dedicated to protecting the mountain lion and their wild habitat to ensure that our wildlife heritage endures for future generations.

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North Coast California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC)
The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project supported by the California Department of Education, Environmental Education Program,  in collaboration with state, regional and local partners.  The CREEC Network is the best source for Environmental Education resources in California.

Next Generation

Next Generation empowers young people in Marin to learn about pressing environmental and social issues, develop leadership skills, and take grassroots action for peace and sustainability. We believe young people have the power to understand and change the world. We engage youth and adults through community events, school-based activities, outdoor experiences, leadership development, and grassroots campaigns. Our activities encompass our core values of sustainability, peace, and social justice while promoting inspiration, hope, community, youth leadership, local action, and practical solutions.

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Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Ocean and You

Outdoor Programs, UCSF
Outdoor Programs creates rejuvenating outdoor experiences for students, staff and families in UCSF and local community. Whether it's paddling the shores of Mission Bay, hiking through Yosemite, or enjoying a day on the beach, we make it easy to take advantage of the fun opportunities right outside your back door.

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Pacific Leadership Insitute

Park Rangers Association of California
The Park Rangers Association of California (PRAC) is a professional organization for park rangers and other uniformed park employees of municipal, county, special district, state and federal agencies.

PG&E Energenious Program
Pacific Gas and Electric Company's Energenius Educational Series teaches kids to use energy wisely and safely with interactive, engaging programs for grades kindergarten through eight.


Point Bonita YMCA

Point Reyes National Seashore Association
We are the primary non-profit park partner working with the community to fund and implement preservation projects throughout the park and educate people about the environment. Find out how our exciting programs can enhance your Point Reyes experience and how you can help us build a stronger future for the only National Seashore on the West Coast.

Project Learning Tree PD
Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is an award winning, multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12. PLT is a program of the American Forest Foundation. It is one of the most widely used environmental education programs in the United States and abroad, and continues to set the standard for environmental education excellence.

Project WET
Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) program is an international water education program designed to promote the awareness, appreciation, and knowledge of water resources in a manner that is fun, hands-on and informational for learners of all ages. To view a list of upcoming Project WET workshops or to find more information on the California Project WET program, please visit the Water Education Foundation website at: and click the Project WET logo or contact Brian Brown, California Project WET Coordinator at or (916) 444-6240.

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Rainforest Action Network
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

Reach and Teach
Reach And Teach, the peace and social justice learning company, is helping to transform the world through teachable moments. We offer books, games, puzzles, toys, curriculum, music, posters, DVDs, maps, and other products for people of all ages.

Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT)
No matter the setting, when people engage in hands-on activities and interact with materials, they become inspired learners and thinkers. At RAFT, we make the magic of hands-on teaching more accessible by providing valuable resources.

River of Words
We’ve been conducting training workshops for teachers, park naturalists, grassroots groups, state resource agencies, librarians and others since 1995, helping them to incorporate observation-based nature exploration and the arts into their work with young people. In addition to helping improve children’s literacy—and cognitive skills like investigation and critical thinking—River of Words’ multidisciplinary, hands-on approach to education nurtures students’ creative voices as well, through instruction and practice in art and poetry.

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San Bruno Mountain Watch (SBMW)

San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Have you discovered the joys of teaching in the outdoors? Would you like expert assistance in teaching your students about ecology, wetlands, and the environment? Bring your class to one of the nation's largest urban wildlife refuges for your next field trip. It's fun, it's interesting, and your students will remember what they learn at the refuge for years to come.

San Francisco Maritime National Park Association
For more than 50 years, San Francisco Maritime National Park Association has worked to bring maritime history to life for visitors to the San Francisco Bay Area.

San Mateo County RecycleWorks
Welcome to the school's section of the RecycleWorks website. In this section you will find curriculum and project ideas for the kids, information about setting up recycling programs at school, gardening and composting projects, tips for your facilities and maintenance staff and the latest news about legislation, good policy examples and award programs. You will also find resources for your own professional development.

Save Nature.Org

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods (Stewards) is a non-profit organization that partners with the Russian River Sector ofCalifornia State Parks. The sector includesArmstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve(outside Guerneville), Austin Creek State Recreation Area, Sonoma Coast State Park(from Bodega Bay to Jenner) and includes theWillow Creek watershed. The State Parks Volunteers in Parks program depends on Stewards to provide funding for educational and interpretive activities, for resource management projects, and to assist in the development of interpretive facilities.

Save The Bay

School Technology Resources
In 1997 the Founder and President Bill Hoffman started School & Science Technology Resources. It wasn't too long before he discovered the Scope On A Rope™, the perfect marriage between a video camera and a microscope developed for science education at Louisiana State University. Since then, we have developed custom education kits and teacher resources insuring that students and teachers get the most out of these products. We are dedicated to teachers and education, always striving to provide tools that will enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Scroungers Center for Reusable Art Parts
SCRAP is a creative reuse center, store and workshop space founded in 1976 in San Francisco, California. Donations of re-usable materials such as textiles, paper, jewelry findings, wood, buttons and plastics are collected from businesses, institutions and individuals and distributed to art and educational groups.

Sea Turtle Restoration Project
The Sea Turtle Restoration Project fights to protect endangered sea turtles in ways that make cultural and economic sense to the communities that share the beaches and waters with these gentle creatures. With offices in California and Costa Rica, STRP has been leading the international fight to protect sea turtle populations worldwide.

S F Environment (City and County of San Francisco)
When it comes to protecting the health of our environment and our communities, San Francisco earns its reputation as "the City that Knows How" every day. We've packed this website with information to help all of us make our homes, our city, and our planet a healthier place to live.

Slide Ranch
Founded in 1970, Slide Ranch is a non-profit teaching farm located at a historic coastal dairy perched above the ocean in the Marin Headlands within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). Slide Ranch staff operate the farm using a turn of the century farmhouse, old creamery and several outbuildings situated along a scenic coastal bluff. Organic gardens, goats, sheep, chickens and ducks, along with numerous coastal trails, tide-pools and pocket beaches, provide an ideal outdoor venue for teaching about healthy foods, healthy living and environmental awareness.

Sonoma Birding- Sonoma Nature

Sonoma State University

SPAWN, the Salmon Protection And Watershed Network works to protect endangered salmon in the Lagunitas Watershed, and the environment on which we all depend. SPAWN uses a multi-faceted approach to accomplish our mission including grassroots action, habitat restoration, policy development, research and monitoring, citizen training, environmental education, strategic litigation, and collaboration with other organizations and agencies.

Stanford University Earth Sciences

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods


Strategic Energy Innovations


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The Energy Coalition, PEAK Student Energy Actions
The mission of The Energy Coalition is to mobilize, educate, inform and empower communities to change the way they use and think about energy. We accomplish this by forging close partnerships among cities, utilities, businesses, schools, individuals, and environmental organizations.

The Forest Foundation

The Gardens at Heather Farm

The Randall Museum

Trackers Bay

Trout in the Classroom / DFG / FFF
Through a classroom experience of hatching fish eggs and coordinated activities, students experience first-hand the value of aquatic environments, the balance that must be met to maintain and preserve California's fisheries and aquatic habitats, and how their personal actions affect these valuable resources.

Trust in Education

Turtle Island Restoration Network

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UC Botanical Garden
The UC Botanical Garden serves a wide audience including researchers, students of all ages and public visitors. Every effort is made to accommodate all and to create a productive and enjoyable visit. We have developed a world class collection of plants. Our global collection is one of the most diverse in the country.

US Army Corps of Engineers (San Francisco District)
For 225 years, the Corps has been a key builder of our national infrastructure. That mission continues today, along with new responsibilities for sustaining a healthy natural environment. Today the District’s area of responsibility covers approximately 40,000 square miles. Most of the territory parallels the Northern California coastline for approximately 600 miles from the Oregon border to just south of Monterey. The District also has responsibility for the Klamath River Basin in southern Oregon.

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Web of Life Children’s Books
Web of Life Children’s Books publishes timeless picture books introducing children to the workings of the natural world. Through these books, children will discover that all things are interconnected – and that they, too, are a part of the intricate and complex web of life!

Web of Life Field (WOLF) School
The Web of Life Field (WOLF) School offers the exciting opportunity to bring your K-8th grade classes to our outdoor classroom for a day or a week of environmental education!

Westminster Woods EE Program
Westminster Woods’ school programs provide first-hand exposure to science and character development during a 1-5 day experience. Students increase their understanding of the world around them while hiking in nature, digging in the soil to witness decomposition, testing oxygen levels in our creek, and recording observations in their journals.

Wild Care
WildCare’s mission is to advocate for wildlife for a sustainable world, and we actively pursue this mission through nature education, wildlife rehabilitation and community outreach. Through partnerships with schools, collaborations with other organizations, educational programs and activities, internships and volunteer opportunities we make a positive difference in our community.

YMCA East Bay Outdoor School at Camp Arroyo