K-12 Environmental Education
The UC Natural Reserve System is often described as a "classroom without walls." That description is especially true for the thousands of schoolchildren who visit reserve sites every year. Stepping out onto soft forest duff, breathing in aromas of pine resin amid the burble of a nearby stream, teaches students more about the interconnectedness of a landscape than a dozen pages in a textbook.

A reserve field trip is just as vivid to a first grader learning about insects as a tenth grader learning about ecosystems. Spying on snowy plovers nesting on a beach, or counting the types of wildflowers abloom in one field, gives students a sense for the place of organisms within the tapestry of the wild places.


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