Educating the NEXT Generation:
Co-Curricular Elementary School Program
Projects Completed: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021 (pending)
Since 2015, our annual education program has introduced over 150+ students in predominantly Hispanic and undeserved California public schools to the importance of healthy wildlife and ecosystems.
Our program complements the environmental education at schools through "distance learning" Skype and Zoom calls with wildlife experts. Students learn about endangered species and efforts to protect them all over the world.
We've taken youth on virtual tours to meet rescued manatees, sea turtles, sloths, seals and bees at the Miami Seaquarium, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, Costa Rica’s Kids Saving the Rainforest Rescue Center, the National University of Costa Rica's Bee Research Center and Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, a seal rescue center in Holland.
We are grateful for the incredible enthusiasm of Principal Bill Abraham and Teachers, Rachel Furtado and Lupita Gallardo and all the wonderful families and caregivers who enthusiastically support this very interactive and furry educational program. Thanks to Petroglyph Ceramic Lounge, who donated to each student, ceramic rain forest pieces for painting and firing!
The students shared their art with us after each program. Drawings from 2015-2019 in-person and 2020-2021 virtual programs:
2019: Learning about the seals with Sander Van Dijk from seal rehabilitation and rescue center of Zeehondencentrum, Holland
2019: Learning about the sloths with Kids Saving the Rainforest
2019: Learning about bees with Johan Van Veen from CINAT, Costa Rica
2019: Learning about honey bees with the O'Brien Family from California
2018: Learning about the seals in rescue center, Netherlands
2017: Learning about sea turtle conservation
2016: Christopher Elementary skypes with Georgia Sea Turtle Center
2015: Learning about sea turtle conservation
Thank you so much to our partners around the world who have collaborated with us in this program!
Georgia Sea Turtle Center, ATL, United Sates
Miami Sea Aquarium, FL, United States
Reserva Playa Tortuga, Costa Rica
Kids Saving the Rainforest, Costa Rica
Tropical Apiculture Research Center, National University of Costa Rica
Zeehondencentrum Pieterburen, Netherlands