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In this section, aimed for teachers and educators, are descriptions of our K-12, nonformal and public programs and curricula as well as links to science and environmental education resources.

Education programs increase the public understanding of and engagement with science and technology. Programs are geared to engaging youth in and out of school settings, as well as the general public, in daily encounters with their environment and to promoting environmental stewardship and place-based learning. The focus is primarily on STEM topics and water, climate change, and watersheds themes.

Collaborations with public agencies, schools, and community organizations, youth, teachers, educators, community members, agency personnel, artists, politicians, and many others make this work possible. University students play an active and enriching role in these endeavors with their contributions, leadership, and participation. They are active co-creators in designing, delivering, and evaluating education programs.

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Science & Environmental Education Resources for Teacher and Students

Links (Environmental Education Pubs & Guides; Student Science Outreach Gallery; UC Davis Public Education and Outreach Programs)

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Environmental Education Programs and Curricula

Directed towards educators and learners, our environmental and public education programs and curricula with schools and communities promote environmental learning, decision-making, and stewardship. Curricula, guides and other materials are available for downloading for educational purposes. Please cite "UC Davis" in your credits.

  • Return of the Salmon - these environmentally integrated curriculum units of classroom and field activities are aimed for upper elementary and middle school students
  • 4-H Youth Mentorship Program, an out-of-school community-based program on garden-based education for youth and teens (CYFAR)
  • Sewer Science and Curb2Creek are curricula created for high school students that emphasize where water goes, how it is treated, its downstream effects, and what youth can do to protect water quality
  • Sustainability Education & Green Schools - climate change and energy curricula for upper elementary and middle schools
  • WaterWays Education Program teaches water conservation, where water comes from, keeping it clean, and sharing water with wildlife and other people, for upper elementary grades; includes in school and field trip elements and an Aquatic Life Interpretive Program for the field trips.
  • Backyard Ecology rare plants poster and story