Environmental Literacy

Goal: Develop the capacities of all stakeholders to develop and strengthen instructional programs that integrate the three pillars of environmental literacy programs--curriculum, facilities and community--to produce equitable student access to engage with nature and to take action on local environmental issues.


CSI Teacher Leadership Institute for Science and Environmental Literacy Phase 3: Relevant Environmental Action & Learning (REAL) Science

Fridays Oct 22 - Dec 10 followed by two Saturday sessions in January

4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Fridays on zoom, Saturdays tentatively in person

Train the Trainer model for teacher leaders to support engaging standards-based science instruction and build environmental literacy at K-12 grade levels by designing and delivering peer professional learning sessions.

K-12 Teacher Leaders for Science and Environmental Literacy

Green Schools Working Group


January 11, February 8, March Date TBD

Series to highlight successful models and provide support in using the Green Ribbon Schools Award framework's 3 pillars: Curriculum, Facilities, and Health and Wellness to plan toward increasing outdoor learning opportunities and sustainable practices in schools.

District Teams and community partners

Leveraging Outdoor Learning for STEAM and SEL

Available for school site instructional teams by request

90 minute - 3 hour sessions available

Introduction to using outdoor spaces on campus for student-centered investigations that emphasize NGSS science practices and student engagement. Highlight materials and routines that support successful outdoor teaching and content integration.

K-12 Teachers

Nature Journaling for Science, Nature Connection and Wellness

Available for site and distinct teams, 3 hour session, by request

This session uses the BEETLES Professional Learning module for an in-depth introduction to nature journaling techniques that emphasize social-emotional wellness and focus on science through developing questions, recognizing crosscutting concepts, and capturing student thinking using words, pictures and numbers.

K-12 Teachers (and possibly parents)

Project Learning Tree Training and Activity Guide


1/28 3:45-4:45PM

2/4 3:45-4:45PM

2/11 3:45-4:45PM

Training and certification for Project Learning Tree along with interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates the CA Environmental Principles and Concepts and stewardship projects. PLT’s new flagship curriculum Explore Your Environment: K-8 Activity Guide includes 50 hands-on, multidisciplinary activities to connect children to nature and increase young people’s awareness and knowledge about their environment. Activities include detailed step-by-step instructions, academic correlations, time and material requirements, and corresponding student worksheets with green career connections. This supplementary curriculum is designed to develop students’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Participants can also apply for redwood forest field trip funding supported by Save The Redwoods Foundation.

K-8 teachers

Youth for Environmental Action


Youth groups focusing on student voice, engagement and leadership. Teachers support through recruitment, serve as mentors and participate in YEA Summit

HS Student Participants, Teacher Mentors


Please contact Amity Sandage Environmental Literacy Coordinator