We offer students environmental studies experiences across their PK-12 student career in SFUSD.
Our Neighborhood Nature video series is for preschool and early elementary. The Environmental Science Center provides outdoor field studies for middle elementary student. In middle school, students engage with climate science in project-based learning. Through courses in Biology or Physics, and culminating with a spring-semester connecting climate-science and Chemistry, all the way through high school, SFUSD students have ongoing engagement with relevant climate learning and environmental study.
The SFUSD Environmental Science Center
Since 1976, the Environmental Science Center, in partnership with the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and SF Environment, has provided SFUSD students place-based inquiry with outdoor science field studies led by SFUSD Naturalists at Fort Funston, Golden Gate and McLaren Parks. The 3rd-5th grade programs align to NGSS and explore the ecosystems and the choices that students can make to protect the environment.
This local, SFUSD-created video series from the SFUSD Environmentalists at the Environmental Science Center, provides 22 three-minute episodes featuring wildlife and outdoor learning in San Francisco parks. Created during the Covid school closure for the SF Loves Learning TV Series, the resource is for early elementary and pre-school students and offers insights into local habitats.
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Climate Projects in Middle School
Embedded in the 6th-8th grade project-based curriculum, students engage with climate science learning.
Interdisciplinary Climate Projects in HS Chemistry
Climate change is a crisis already affecting people across the world. Educating current students will help prepare them to understand and take action now and in the future. As a culmination of student learning in HS, SFUSD's Chemistry curriculum integrates climate change throughout the spring semester and engages students in 4 projects to encourage them to take action in the wider world.
School Gardens and Green Space in SFUSD
In many elementary schools, and some secondary schools, school gardens provide students opportunities for environmental science learning. SFUSD Science Team hosts a pilot program with 2 schools to expand NGSS learning into the outdoors on school campuses. We collaborate with the Green Schoolyards team in the SFUSD Facilities Department to expand access to outdoor learning in science in San Francisco.
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Teacher Professional Learning Communities
Beyond direct service experiences for students, the SFUSD Science Team supports teachers with fellowships and coaching to expand the climate justice opportunities for students in their classrooms. Educators who focus on environmental literacy prepare students for college and career pathways and life. We prepare students to make informed decisions about resource and sustainability issues that face all communities and that demand our creativity for the future.
This page was last updated on July 13, 2022