Education and Outreach

 

Over the years, SDHC has strived to address our mission of educating and inspiring people and communities as stewards and advocates of their natural environment by:

(1) Developing meaningful public access strategies/methods for preserves;
(2) Partnering with schools and youth organizations to connect them to SDHC’s resources and lands;
(3) Developing education programs (curriculum, events, activities) to connect youth/public to land; and
(4) Developing unique/innovative outreach programs to distinguish SDHC and attract more participants.

Some of our past and ongoing outreach efforts include:

(1) Brown Bags: Lunchtime presentations by SDHC’s Executive Director, Don Scoles, conducted at local environmental firms. Contact dons@sdhabitat.org if you’d like to have Don come speak to your company about SDHC’s work, the services we provide, and how to get involved.Jim giving preserve tour

(2) Preserve Days: Community events held at preserves managed by SDHC. Most of our preserves are not open to the public. Here is your chance to get a tour of the preserves and hear about the work SDHC does to ensure the long-term viability of these precious
resources.

(3) Community Outreach: SDHC staff give presentations throughout the year to Home Owners’ Associations (HOAs) neighboring our preserves. If you live near one of the preserves managed by SDHC check with your HOA/VOA to see when we’ll be presenting at one of your meetings.

(4) School Outreach: In June 2012, SDHC’s Habitat Manager, Jim Rocks, volunteered his time and visited with five first grade classes at the Audubon K-8 School. Jim discussed his work and brought along some of his field equipment to show the kids but the highlight of the presentation was the live rosy boa that accompanied Jim for the day. Everyone involved had a great time and we’re hoping to continue forming relationships like these with other schools throughout San Diego County.

Looking Forward

Audubon School presentationWe’ve done some great work so far but as SDHC continues to grow our goal is to create a stronger, more viable education program that works to get children outdoors and create more interactive educational opportunities.

Richard Louv (http://richardlouv.com/), author of Last Child in the Woods, coined the term nature-deficit disorder which is the idea that children are losing their connection to the natural world resulting in increased rates of obesity, attention disorders, and depression. Many organizations around the world are working to address this disconnect to the outdoors. We are looking to these examples of success as we work to expand and strengthen our program. We believe that nature can and should be used to help educate children in a wide variety of subjects, not solely the natural sciences. We need to foster a sense of love and respect for the natural world in children before it’s too late – before there is no natural world to enjoy.

Please contact Sarah Krejca at sarahk@sdhabitat.org if your organization or school is interested in accessing our preserves for educational purposes or if you are interested in helping SDHC work to bring the classroom outdoors.

For more information about the past, present, and future of SDHC’s educational program, view the following presentation, “Bringing the Classroom Outdoors”, which was presented at SDHC’s 5th Gala on October 27, 2013.