Young Earth Stewards
Teens learning to love, protect, and restore nature.
Youth with Ivy

Youth can attend all of our habitat restoration workdays. Young Earth Stewards describes our programs that educate youth about our local ecosystem and inspire them to develop a lifelong appreciation of and love for the natural world.

The YES program provides in-class presentations, field experiences and activities (including hiking, weeding, and planting), maintaining native ecosystems and planting schoolyard pollinator gardens. We also assist students in developing field and restoration guides of their sites in neighborhood parks or their "schoolyard habitats."

Through our program, middle and high school students learn about natural history, land use, ethnobotany, biodiversity, and restoration ecology. The intent of our program is "to restore the child by restoring nature." For more information on the Young Earth Stewards program please contact Claire Elliot at clairee*acterra.org

Join Summer Stewards!

Sign up to become a Summer Steward with Acterra Stewardship! Summer Stewards are opportunities open to middle and high school students. Learn about local ecology, get outdoors, and meet others who enjoy habitat restoration work! You will receive a certificate of completion with successful fulfillment of the requirements, below.

Commitment:

  1. Volunteer a total of 30 hours over the course of the summer, any day, any site. We have multiple opportunities on a weekly basis at sites from Menlo Park to Cupertino. [VIEW VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES] (note: please register for each event)
  2. Create a 11x17 (or larger) summer highlights poster to share about your experience or something related to your work over the course of the summer. This can include photos (before/after photos; interesting finds; plants, birds, animals), writing/poetry, nature journaling sketches, etc.

For more information or to enroll, contact Junko Bryant: junkob*acterra.org.

Current Projects
Kennedy Middle School:

Since 2005, Kennedy Middle School classes are improving the ecosystem of Stulsaft Park, a beautiful 40-acre creek-side park only a five minute walk from their school in Redwood City. The students learn about riparian environments, enjoy the beauty of biodiversity, and gain a sense of accomplishment by removing invasive plants and improving the habitat value of the park.

The students have removed hundreds of pounds of invasive ivy, pampas grass, privet, and oxalis from the park. They also planted native madrone trees, snowberry, honeysuckle, wild roses, bee plant, and bunch grasses.

The Kennedy Citizens Schools after school program is working with Acterra on a field guide to Stulsaft Park, which will be available to the public in May, 2010.

Palo Alto High School:
Youth Planting

For the past two years, high school students have worked on a restoration project at Arastradero Preserve. Poison hemlock is invading the stream banks and Paly students are testing a variety of methodologies in order to create a future poison hemlock eradication plan. Students are also learning about ecology and California's native habitats.

Native Plant Gardens in Schools:

Hoover School

Acterra has worked with students at Hoover Middle School, located in an urban area of Redwood City, to plant a pollinator garden where there was once blacktop. Students also planted Big Leaf Maple trees and Mulberry trees to provide leaves for silkworm rearing in the classroom.

Sequoia High School

A remnant of a small tributary to Arroyo Ojo de Agua creek runs along the south end of Sequoia High School in Redwood City. This creek and the school's beautiful old arboretum trees provide two of the critical needs for a successful “Monarch Waystation.” Sequoia students have been working since 2006 to provide other critical components for butterflies by planting host and nectar plants on a vacant parcel of land bordering this creek.