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Empower Your Students to be a Local Leader in Climate Action

The Office of Sustainability offers several programs to empower youth residents of San Mateo County to learn about climate change and take on positive climate action to build a resilient and collaborative community of changemakers.

The YECS program is hosted by the County of San Mateo’s Office of Sustainability to offer opportunities for students to gain a stronger understanding of climate change, sea level rise, biodiversity, and wildfire management to learn together how to make San Mateo County a more resilient community.

Youth Exploring Climate Science Program (YECS)

All programs are offered at no cost to San Mateo County middle and high school classrooms. The Office of Sustainability will coordinate transportation.

Field Trip Options for 7th through 12th Graders

Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise

To learn about the relationship between sea level rise and climate change as it relates to local landscapes in San Mateo County. Trip includes a relevant climate science lesson, guided informational walk and worksheet activity for students.  

When: Fall to Spring 

Where: Coyote Point and Cooley Landing

Capacity: 60 students per trip 

Trip Length: 120 minutes (not including transportation) 

Youth Exploring Biodiversity

To explore local landscapes and learn about climate impacts on biodiversity. Students will explore a nearby park and document local species using iNaturalist. Trip includes a relevant science lesson, guided activity, and workbook activities for students.  

When: Fall to Spring 

Where: San Bruno Mountain

Capacity: 60 students per trip 

Trip Length: 120 minutes (not including transportation) 

Youth Exploring Wildfire Science

To understand wildfire management and climate change impacts in San Mateo County. Students will explore areas that either have been burnt by wildfire or have been managed for fire safety. Trip includes a relevant climate science lesson, guided hike, and workbook activities for students.

When: Spring 

Where: Stulsaft Park and Skyline Ridge

Capacity: 60 students per trip 

Trip Length: 120 minutes (not including transportation) 

For more details about each trip and the booking process, check out this document.

Field trip dates and offerings are subject to change and more dates may be added. Keep checking back here for updates!

The YECS program offers the following resources to middle and high school teachers and students in San Mateo County: 

  • In-person field trips to Coyote Point, Cooley Landing, Stulsaft Park, San Bruno Mountain, and Skyline Ridge, depending on availability and unit topic.
  • Student Worksheets for each field trip to ensure student comprehension and engagement.
  • Guided lesson activity for teachers and students.

QUESTIONS?

Contact Jess Dominick at jdominick@smcgov.org.