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Discovering the San Francisco Bay Mermaid
"Can you find the mermaid?" asked KIDS for the BAY Instructor Joanna Hoffman. Jennifer, a fifth grade student from Schilling Elementary School in Newark, exclaimed, "If you look at the San Francisco Bay from above, on the satellite map it looks like a mermaid!" Students were excited to find Newark, their home town, near the mermaid's "tail" on the map. CONTINUE READING

Learn more about our Bay Estuary Scientist Classroom Workshops.

Fifth Grade Five Rs Experts Teach Kindergartners
Inspired by how much her students enjoyed educating their school community through a Storm Drain Rangers Assembly last year, fifth grade teacher Ms. Jean Liu from Forest Park Elementary School in Fremont was excited to teach the Storm Drain Rangers program herself. Using the training and equipment she received from KIDS for the BAY, Ms. Lui guided her students to teach a kindergarten class about how trash travels from the storm drains to the San Francisco Bay and how to use the Five Rs (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Rot, and Refuse). CONTINUE READING

Learn more about our Storm Drain Rangers Program.

Experimenting with Creek Engineering Models
"I think the creek covered in English Ivy looks less healthy because if there's only one type of plant, there can't be very many animals living there," explained Aris, a third grade student from Berkeley Arts Magnet Elementary School. Aris and his classmates learned about creek restoration engineering by comparing historic photographs of creeks to figure out what makes a creek healthy or unhealthy. Using sand box models, the students then investigated how a creek habitat can be drastically changed  by human engineering techniques. One student, Hanna shared, "The concrete channel actually increased erosion and then there was no habitat left for the animals! What were people thinking?!" CONTINUE READING

Learn more about our Environmental Action Projects.

Is CA Still in a Drought?
We've had a rainy winter here in the San Francisco Bay Area, but does that mean we're still in a drought?

Unfortunately, scientists say yes. James Famiglietti, a water scientist at NASA, explains, "Any aquifer recharge that occurs as a result of this winter's storms is just a small uptick in a century-long decline of groundwater storage."

This means we should all continue to do our best to conserve water! Check out some easy tips you may not have thought of here!

Join KIDS for the BAY this summer! Campers will explore creek, bay, and ocean shorelines, hike in redwood forests, kayak on the bay, swim at Lake Anza, and more! For campers ages 11-14, we offer the Leaders-in-Training program. LITs will learn leadership skills by helping to teach younger campers, as well as enjoying outdoor science adventures! Click here to learn more about Summer Camp.

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We'd like to say a big THANK YOU to our amazing donors, funders, and supporters who make KIDS for the BAY's work possible. We <3 you!

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