EAC is uniquely positioned to provide hands on environmental educational experiences at the intersections of West Marin’s county, state, and federal public lands and open space preserves that foster greater understanding of the natural world, inspire environmental stewardship, and engage youth and young adults through observation, science, technology, scholarship and volunteerism.
Environmental education is a critical way we accomplish our mission to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin. Our goal is to facilitate lasting and meaningful relationships with the environments of West Marin by providing access to and awareness of the natural world through:
Nature-based field trips and bioblitzes in Marin County Parks for middle and high school students
Tuition assistance for college students participating in College of Marin’s Natural History Certification Program
Entry level naturalist, Marin MPA Watch, and environmental law internships
Scholarships opportunities for students and teachers to our annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival (funded through event sponsorships)
Free programming for youth and families at our our annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival (funded through event sponsorships)
We believe that providing these opportunities create lasting and meaningful impressions that help to foster the environmental stewards of the future. There is a growing base of research being done around the value of environmental education for improving academic achievement, breaking the indoor habit, improving health and wellbeing, cultivating leadership qualities, and improving focus and cognition.
Our environmental education programming is funded through a number of grants, and the Russell Ridge Education Fund.
Learn more about how you donate today to support the next generation of environmental leaders.
Starting in 2017, EAC teamed up with Marin County Parks to provide West Marin Wild Youth Field Trips & BioBlitzes in three Marin County Parks, where students can discover hands-on science and exploration in three distinct and unique habitats. Field trip locations include Roy's Redwoods, Bolinas Lagoon, or Agate Beach (also a marine protected area).
Our programing is designed to support team building, observation skills, and movement through hiking and exploration of habitats. Students document their species discoveries using the iNaturalist app on iPads. Observations contribute to biodiversity science, and user findings are shared with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists locate and use citizen science data.
Book your field spring or fall field trip today! Need a scholarship or transportation funds? Contact Us
MPAs & Internships
Since 2013, EAC, Point Reyes National Seashore, and the California Academy of Sciences have partnered to train volunteers as community-scientists through the volunteer-based Marin MPA Watch. Volunteers survey beaches along and in Marin’s marine protected areas (MPAs) collecting human-use data, which provides long-term info on how these areas are being used by the public.
Today, in addition to training volunteers, we also provide education and outreach to our local schools through classroom study, field trips, and by providing high school and college internships around California's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). Annually we engage with 200+ students, 50+ volunteers, and 2-5 interns a year to educate them about this key conservation effort.
Interested in learning more about Marin MPA Watch, or applying for an internship? Learn More
In 2019 we piloted a scholarship program in honor of our long-time supporter and friend Russell Ridge for students participating in the Natural History Certification Program at College of Marin. Students receive tuition assistance to further their environmental career aspirations. Learn More or Apply
In addition, we provide scholarships for students and teachers to our annual Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival, with over 55 events to choose from. Families and youth are also encourage to join us for our free family programming with live bird ambassadors, games, face painting and more.
EAC currently has successful partnerships with local schools including Shoreline and Lagunitas School Districts, Terra Linda High School, Novato High School, Redwood High School, Sir Francis Drake High School, Marin Catholic High School, College of Marin, Dominican University, Sonoma State University, and University of San Francisco.
Connect with Nature!
One of the world’s most popular nature apps, iNaturalist helps you identify the plants and animals around you. Get connected with a community of over 750,000 scientists and naturalists who can help you learn more about nature! What’s more, by recording and sharing your observations, you’ll create research quality data for scientists working to better understand and protect nature. iNaturalist is a joint initiative by the California Academy of Sciences and the National Geographic Society.
That's the vision behind iNaturalist. So if you like recording your findings from the outdoors, or if you just like learning about life, join us!