When I was in sixth grade, I went on a whale watching trip with my class. Although I spent much of the day trying not to throw up, it was still a memorable experience for me. To see humpback whales breach and swim next to us was truly amazing. It is that field trip that I always say inspired me to study biology and pursue a career in the environmental field.
A single school field trip or outdoor family experience can have a lasting impact on youth at any age. That is why the League makes it a priority to connect youth to the redwoods through our Redwood Education Grants Program, so they can experience and study these awe-inspiring forests.Our education grants have given out over 470 grants, inspiring over 500,000 students to visit and learn more about redwood forests and all the plants and animals that live there.
Our education grants are distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout the coast redwood and giant sequoia ranges and are for youth of all ages.
Here are a few highlights from grant recipients last year:
- 450 fifth grade students visited Calaveras Big Trees State Park to see some of the biggest trees in the world. One participant said, “Our trip to big trees was so amazing! It brought what we were learning in class alive because we learned about sequoia trees! When we got to Big Trees, I saw one, and I was so amazed about how beautiful they were! They were so tall and green!”
- Two Oakland High Schools brought 24 students to Big Basin Redwoods State Park with Outward Bound for a three-day camping trip. Students overcame challenges, learned an appreciation for nature, and gained confidence in trying new activities.
- Over 250 Richmond families, youth, and adults spent a weekend camping among the redwoods, learning about these amazing trees, and having fun with their friends and family.
Learn more about the League’s Education Grants Program and how you can apply for the 2019-2020 school year.