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Is Strawberry Creek Restored?
How do you know when a creek is restored? Students from Berkeley Arts Magnet and Rosa Parks Elementary Schools investigated this question on their spring Field Trip to Strawberry Creek! Students began by surveying the aquatic invertebrates in the creek to determine its health. Mia shared, "We found invertebrates in all three categories of pollution tolerance; that means that the creek is actually pretty healthy!" To continue to build a diverse, native creekside habitat, students planted sticky monkey flower and coyote bush. They couldn't believe how tall their red flowering currants had grown in the past three months!

Students were excited to share their new knowledge of Strawberry Creek with passersby. River said, "People didn't know that restoration had been going on for a long time. I think they were impressed that we knew a lot!" Fars added, "I was surprised by how nice people were. They really wanted to learn from us!"

CLICK HERE to see more pictures of our students restoring the creek!
Zero-Waste Lunches and a Trash-Free Schoolyard
Reduce, reuse, recycle, rot, and refuse! Fifth grade students at Forest Park Elementary School in Fremont educated their entire school community about the importance of using the Five Rs in a schoolwide Assembly. The fifth graders explained how trash left on the ground can flow to storm drains that connect with the creek, the bay, and the ocean and can kill marine life hundreds of miles away. They also demonstrated how to pack a Zero-Waste Lunch for school every day, using the Five Rs.

Vir shared, "It was really cool to see the affect the Assembly had on the younger kids in the audience. I could tell they were upset to see the pictures of animals injured by trash, because I could hear them gasping! I feel like they really understood what we were trying to teach them, and they want to help the environment, too."

CLICK HERE to watch the students' performances!
Meeting Phytoplankton, Zooplankton, and Swans!
Third grade students from Hercules Elementary School could not wait to get off the bus for their Martinez Marina Field Trip! Students used their observation skills to identify plankton from the delta using microscopes and field guides. One student, Ava, shared, "I really like looking at the plankton through the microscopes. It's so cool to see the copepods swimming around!"

On their shoreline bird walk students used binoculars and field guides to identify different bird species, including ducks, geese, cormorants, and a beautiful swan! One student, Trevon, said, "I really liked learning the names of all the birds!"

Learn more about our exciting Field Trips to creek, bay, delta, and ocean habitats!

Refuse Flushable Wipes

Did you know that flushable wipes shouldn't really be flushed? While they are convenient, flushable wipes do not biodegrade and cause many environmental and sewer system problems.

Flushable wipes can cause your pipes to clog, which can lead to sewage overflows in your home and out of manholes into nearby creeks and storm drains. From there, the untreated sewage flows to the San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean, harming aquatic life. 

CLICK HERE to learn more from the Stege Sanitary District!

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 are now offering a new 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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