Student Perspectives: From Student to Teacher at Redwood Regional Park

Student Perspectives: This blog was written by a UC Berkeley student who participated in the Save the Redwoods League Climate Change Action internship. During this internship, the Berkeley students helped to connect youth of all ages to nature and explain the important role redwoods play in combating climate change. Enjoy!

From Student to Teacher at Redwood Regional Park

By Emilia Agata Malachowski

One of my favorite places on Earth is Muir Woods, so when it was announced that we would be going to Redwood Regional Park as part of a fieldtrip for my UC Berkeley/Save the Redwoods League joint internship, I was insanely excited.

Berkeley High students learning about redwood ecology.
Berkeley High students learning about redwood ecology.

Joining us on the field trip were around 30 Berkeley High students whom we had been teaching about climate change earlier in the week. I was surprised when I learned that a majority of the students had never even visited a redwood park, despite living less than 30 minutes away from one.

Upon getting to the park, we began with a scavenger hunt looking for different organisms and objects in the forest. The students were very curious, asking why different ferns had a different number of fronds and why redwoods were as tall as they were. I observed them touching the bark of the trees while also looking up at the tree cover inquisitively.

For me, the most rewarding part was being able to answer their questions about the drought and how it was affecting the redwoods. For the first time in my life I felt the reverse side of education and no longer felt like a student but like a teacher. Even when I tutored while growing up, I felt like I was just there to aid them with their homework. With this experience, I finally felt like I was educating these students from scratch. I would readily recommend a similar experience or visiting the redwoods with someone who has never been before.

Take advantage of the League’s free resources to help you plan your next trip to the redwoods.

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About Save the Redwoods League


Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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Long before the environmental movement started, Save the Redwoods League began its work to protect redwood forests as part of the early conservation movement. But like most habitats around the world, the redwood forests continue to need our support. The coast redwoods and giant sequoias, the tallest and largest trees in the world, and the diverse plants and animals that inhabit their forests need all of us to be their voice.

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According to The Outdoor Foundation, just under half (49.2 percent) of Americans participated in an outdoor recreational activity in 2013. If you have not visited a national, local or state park lately, you are missing out on a great way to engage in outdoor recreation. Visiting parks not only supports a healthier lifestyle, but also an opportunity to learn.

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