SEED is a community and school-based program engaging middle and high school students in the complete cycle of tidal marsh restoration in the San Francisco Bay, from seeds to ecosystems. As a service-learning project students will use these field experiences as a lens for understanding the process of ecosystem restoration and design their own school yard habitat restoration projects.
The SEED program requirements: minimum 15 and maximum 35 students, grade levels: 6-12th, one teacher.
Complete the SEED Cycle
Three field trips
Seasonal field-based projects including seed collection, propagation, planting natives and invasive weed removal take place at Save The Bay’s restoration sites & native plant nursery. Check out our map of local restoration sites and help spread the word about the SEED program at your school by posting our SEED flyer!
Two classroom lessons
(one pre-trip & one post-trip)
These interactive classroom lessons are designed to familiarize students with the San Francisco Bay salt marsh ecosystem and provide a basic overview of restoration ecology and natural landscape design.
A schoolyard habitat design project
Student scientists will investigate and analyze their schoolyards to design their own habitat restoration projects.
Youth Leadership Summit
This a chance for students to showcase and present their community action projects CAP, network with other students and employers, as well as learn out about environmental career opportunities.
Do Some SEED Study
Please select two or more of these lessons to integrate into your classroom to support your students' in designing a schoolyard habitat.
Notes From The Field
"The best part of our Save The Bay experience was returning multiple times to the same place. The Bay has become part of my students' vocabulary - they've been interested in planting and also acknowledge impact of activities on our ecosystem."
- Myra Vallianos
8th grade teacher at E.C. Reems Academy
"Thank you for letting us grow plants. I had so much fun. I want to go back and see our plants get really big. My favorite parts were the camera game and of course planting. I think that at our school garden we have the sticky monkey plant we planted. I even taught my mom how to do the planting at my house. Thank you for inviting us, I really want to go back!"
5th grader at East Palo Alto Charter School