Russell Ridge Education Fund
in memory of late EAC member & environmentalist
We are nearly half way to our $5,000 goal for the year.
Help support the fund, donate today!
Support the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin’s (EAC) special education fund in memory of environmentalist, College of Marin professor and long-time EAC member Russell Ridge with a gift to support nature-based education and scholarship opportunities for Marin County students.
Annual Funding Provides (2018 Goal | $5,000 and 2019 Goal | $6,500):
1) College of Marin Scholarships (2018 | $1,300 and 2019-2020 | $2,650)
2) Youth Education (2018-2020 Goal | $3,200)
10% of the funding will support administrative expenses
for the organization to manage the fund and scholarship program
Scroll down for more info on scholarships and youth education programs.
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College of Marin
Application coming soon!
EAC will provide two College of Marin scholarships for two students enrolled in the natural history certification program/classes per semester based on application submission. Scholarships are intended to cover tuition costs for two classes per student each semester. Applications will be reviewed by committee, and not necessary given out based on need, and are not limited by age.
Qualified students may apply twice per calendar year by completing an application, which includes their bio, a photo, and supplemental questions including how the scholarship will help them fulfill their aspirations towards a career in the natural sciences/environmental work. Distributions of scholarships will be issued by the College of Marin Scholarship department.
Scholarship recipients will be required to complete a post-survey and attend EAC’s annual Member Meeting, Potluck & Awards to receive/or speak briefly about how the scholarship has impacted their educational goals. Impact stories will be shared with in EAC online and print media. Recipients are encouraged to reapply.
Fall Application Deadline: May 30
Committee Review: June
Award & Distribution: June
Spring Application Deadline: October 30
Committee Review: November
Award & Distribution: December
Youth Environmental Education in Marin County Parks & Open Space
EAC is uniquely positioned at the intersections of West Marin’s county, state, and federal public lands and open space preserves and is able to provide hands on environmental education experiences that foster greater understanding of the natural world and inspire the future stewards of our local environment. Environmental education is one important way we accomplish our mission to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin.
Our educational programming offers unique experiences for students to engage with the natural environment using observational skills and technology. 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.
We believe that providing educational opportunities in nature create lasting and meaningful impressions on youth that help to create the environmental stewards of the future.
Funding supports EAC’s outdoor youth environmental education and community science programs in Marin County Open Space and Parks, which aim to help students:
· sharpen their observation techniques,
· recognize habitats in three geographic areas,
· learn how to use iNaturalist app to capture observations of plants and animals using smart phones or iPads (EAC can supply if necessary),
· and work in small teams to collect observations.
Funding directly supports the instructor of youth-education program responsible for delivery of youth education field trips in three Marin County Parks (Roy’s Redwoods, Bolinas Lagoon, and Agate Beach). Activities are curated for each location based on advance site visits and provide first-hand experiences with nature and community science techniques using technology (iNaturalist app/smartphones/iPads) to record their plant and animal sightings. Learn more and read about our 2018 pilot program successes.
We currently have 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.
Learn More: Youth Education Opportunities
A special thanks to our 2018 donors:
Anne Baxter and Doree Allen
Paul and Helen Chapman
Tom and Barbara Gaman
Katie and Donald Martin
Jerry and Barbara Meral
Mia Monroe and Stephen Meyer
Susan and John Nelson
Richard and Leslie Plant
Tom Yarish and Laure Campbell
Please email Jessica Taylor, Development Director, or call the office at (415) 663.9312 for more information.