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Do you remember playing outside until you were called home for dinner?
Today, Many Kids Won’t.

Many kids don’t get to play outside as often as we did and don’t realize that open space provides us with cleaner water and air, local food, and a place to play. Our quality of life thrives in the Tri-Valley thanks to people like you who understand that we all need open space. But did you know that many local children have never been on a hike or had a chance to learn about the importance of protected land?

If the next generation doesn’t understand the value of land,
how can they protect it? 

You Can Make a BIG Difference for Thousands of Tri-Valley Boys & Girls! As our schools lose funding for environmental education and field trips, we’re partnering with local schools to give students environmental science lessons that come to life with outdoor adventure.

Thanks to supporters like you, hundreds of children took their first hike and learned about our local watershed, soils, agriculture and wildlife through our Discovery: Youth in Nature Program. And even more importantly, you connected them to the land!

Results

  • 35 Classes from LVJUSD and SRVUSD in the 2019/2020 school year
  • 2,500+ Students educated over the program’s 5-year history
  • Nearly 150 students took their First Hike in the 2019/2020 school year
  • 100% of students want to Protect Open Space after the program


It’s making a BIG difference. But we can’t continue the program without you!

Program

Tri-Valley Conservancy’s Discovery Youth in Nature Program is designed for fourth grade classes to inspire children to become stewards of the land and foster an appreciation for the natural space in our community.

Each class who participates in Discovery Youth in Nature has three days of activities and adventure with an educator from Tri-Valley Conservancy, including a field trip to Holdener Park, all of which is funded by Tri-Valley Conservancy.

The Discovery Youth in Nature Program includes three days of lessons, typically spread out over six weeks (two weeks between each lesson).

The first day takes place in the classroom where our educator brings supplies for students to work in groups on activities centered around California’s regions and watersheds.

The second day is an offsite field trip to Holdener Park in Livermore. Along a 1.5-mile hike, students learn about the history of Livermore and have a chance to see some of the environmental science principles in person. One of the highlights of the fieldtrip is the student “solo hike” which allows them to experience open space without any distractions.

The third day is a debrief back in the classroom where we wrap up by doing an activity around geography, agriculture and land use through maps and observation. We also let students taste locally grown olive oil from The Olivina while sharing the story of agriculture’s impact on the Livermore Valley.

The program takes place during the school year and each program is scheduled with the class’ teacher.

The impact has been astounding! We need your help to connect hundreds more boys and girls in the Tri-Valley with the outdoors.

Response

Thank you for your program / This is such a fabulous program. Some students would not have any knowledge of nature without this program. This is our 4th year and will always be on our field trip list. 

Junction Avenue Teacher 2019

Fantastic interactive activities! I love that we get bused to location and don’t have to worry about coordinating cars!

Sunset Teacher 2019

Wonderful program! The students get an experience exploring the local outdoors and see the importance of preserving open space! Thank you!

Emma C Smith Teacher 2020

It’s great to have field trips outside![Students] rarely choose to spend their time outdoors. So Great to encourage a love of nature

Coyote Creek Teacher 2019

The students loved it! Thank you !

Joe Michell Teacher 2019

This was such an amazing program that really helped students get excited about being outdoors. Several of my students shared their knowledge with their own families and went on additional hikes. Thank you!

Jackson Avenue Teacher 2020

Great lessons both in and out of class! Thank you!

Coyote Creek Teacher 2019

How to Help

You can help shape the Tri-Valley’s future! Please join us to expand the Discovery Youth in Nature Program today to create a better tomorrow for you, wildlife and future generations!

Volunteer

We are looking for a few environmental educators to teach classes and lead field trips. If you have a flexible schedule and enjoy teaching children about the outdoors, please contact Diana Roberts by email or at (925) 449-8706.

Sponsor

If you’d like to become a sponsor of the Discovery Youth in Nature Program, please contact Charlene Anderson by email or at (925) 449-8706.

Request the Program for Your School

The Discovery Youth in Nature Program is designed for fourth grade curriculum standards, so for now, we are only able to offer the program to fourth grade classes. Our current goal is to reach all of the fourth grade classrooms in Livermore, and then expand our program to the rest of the Tri-Valley. If you would like to request the Discovery Youth in Nature Program for your classroom or school, please contact Charlene Anderson by email or at (925) 449-8706.

Donate

Discovery Youth in Nature is funded through grants and individual donors like you. Your donation will:

  • Get students outdoors
  • Provide environmental education
  • Teach students about the value of preserving land

COVID-19 Response

Unfortunately, the effects of COVID-19 cut our 2019/2020 school year short, causing some 4th grade classrooms to miss out on the opportunity to experience nature in a hand-on and experimental way.

To make up for some of the material that those children would be missing, and to create opportunities for any child that has gone through the program or have yet to go through the program, we created a small activity sheet with activities that anyone could do to observe and experience nature in their area.

The activity sheet is available by clicking on the linked photos to the right. These activities are free to use for any education or personal uses. Let us know whether you were able to try any of the projects listed or were inspired to create your own project.

Everything that you need for try these projects and more are at your disposal! We tried to make these activities as accessible as possible, especially during a time when going to stores, parks and schools was more challenging.

Going into the new school year, we are continuing our efforts to adapt and improve our program to have the maximum impact in these altered time. We are also excited to establish with digital opportunities to engage with students long after they have gone through the program. Our mission is to help build a lifelong relationship with our natural spaces for the families and young people in our area.

Together, with your support, we can reach those goals and bring the joy of nature to all in the Tri-Valley!

Partners