Educator Spotlight: Celebrating Diversity and the Outdoors

Karlee Jewell, this week’s Educator of the Week, is a member of the Watershed Stewards Program and has worked with the California Conservation Corps as well as National Geographic’s BioBlitz events. She believes in the importance of diversity, coexistence between humans and wildlife, and making the outdoors accessible and fun.  As a participant in the California Conservation Corps, you’ve had the opportunity to work on … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Celebrating Diversity and the Outdoors

Educator Spotlight: Spot the Species

Sara Plowman, this week’s Educator of the Week, has been a special education teacher for 11 years. She believes in the importance of outdoor experiential education to help students actively observe, experience, and question the world around them. Sara teaches science at Millennium High School and Piedmont Middle School in Piedmont, California. Who or what inspired you to teach? My first classroom of students inspired … Continue reading Educator Spotlight: Spot the Species

Death Valley is Full of Life

ENVIRONMENT Heavy storms in the fall spurred an explosion of growth in winter. (Nat Geo News) How can the desert bloom? Scroll through our encyclopedic entry to find out. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit, including today’s photo gallery and a link to the perfectly timed March 12 Death Valley BioBlitz! Click through our photo gallery for … Continue reading Death Valley is Full of Life

500-Year Snow Fail in California’s Iconic Mountains

ENVIRONMENT The Sierra Nevada’s snowpack is at a 500-year low. No wonder why skiers, hikers, farmers, forests, and virtually every other living thing in California are feeling the effects. (Nat Geo News) Learn more about California’s megadrought. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas How have scientists determined that this year’s snowpack is the lowest it … Continue reading 500-Year Snow Fail in California’s Iconic Mountains

Watch Western Wildfires Burn After Years of Drought

ENVIRONMENT Fires raging across the American West have set records for size and property damage, badly stretched firefighting resources, and cost the lives of three firefighters. (Nat Geo News) Watch our video to see how fires are fought from land, sea, and air. Discussion Ideas According to Nat Geo News, what three major factors have contributed to 2015’s devastating fire season? Drought. California and the … Continue reading Watch Western Wildfires Burn After Years of Drought