YOU ’ VE HEARD US SAY IT BEFORE : our programs are a lot more than just field trips .
But what we realized over the last two years is that the field trips are our favorite part . While we ’ ve all craved a return to seeing students in the park , adapting to a virtual environment hasn ’ t been without its benefits — just ask the students participating in our programs from Texas , Virginia , and New Hampshire .
The Conservancy ’ s programs offer students a unique opportunity to work alongside professionals in the field — scientists , researchers , and land managers — opening doors to careers that some students didn ’ t even know existed — something we saw firsthand this year when a new science teacher who had first attended our programs as a student joined us again , this time leading her own classroom . She told us that participating in The Conservancy ’ s programs was the catalyst for her decision to become a science teacher herself .
Our virtual programs are having an impact on students who may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit Crystal Cove in person . We ’ ve made a commitment to expand and support our virtual programs even as field trips return in person .
RESTORE | EDUCATE | PROTECT
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To mitigate the historic exclusion of Black , Indigenous , and People of Color in the environmental movement , we intentionally partner with schools in those communities and underwrite their costs to participate .
The Conservancy ’ s staff led 34 training workshops that helped prepare hundreds of teachers to engage their students in real environmental and engineering research that meets Next Generation Science Standards ( NGSS ).
Our team launched two new STEM programs that represent the top and bottom rungs of our ladder of programs —’ The Trouble with Trash ’ introduces students in kindergarten through second grade to the impact of plastic pollution . The Fire Ecology Internship , run in collaboration with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy , invites high school students to study the impact of fire in Orange County ’ s wildland / urban interfaces .