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Teaching Social Justice

Bottom Line: Reach and Teach is a peace and social justice learning company dedicated to transforming the world through teachable moments.

Making Ocean Health a Priority

Keeping our Oceans Green Anyone who lives within sight and sound of the ocean and who is concerned about the care of our environment has to see that our response to environmental pollution must not stop at the shoreline. While good work is being done to protect and clean up our coast and offshore waters,

Take Advantage of Local Environmental Education Programs

Bottom Line: Local Environmental Education Programs offer students, teachers, and families a chance to explore their natural world, develop a deep appreciation for our local environment and an understanding of the importance of responsible stewardship.

There are many environmental education programs offered throughout San Mateo County. These incredible programs give students opportunities to observe natural ecosystems, engage in hands-on discovery activities, and receive knowledgeable scientific instruction. These valuable programs lead students to an appreciation of the natural world and an awareness of the importance of responsible environmental stewardship. There is a range of affordable or free environmental educational programs available for student groups, teachers, individuals, and families.

Protect the Beach, Unite a Community

Bottom Line: Pacifica Beach Coalition is an organization dedicated to preserving the ocean, coastal habitat and wildlife, and ending litter, through advocacy, education, community building, and citizen action.

The HEAL Project

Since 2006, the HEAL Project has been educating over 3,200 students within San Mateo County on the importance of good health, a sustainable environment, locally grown agriculture as well as key learning fundamentals. Their long-term goal is to be able to deliver a garden-based education to all children within the district. They follow within a

Get involved in coastal preservation in San Mateo County

Bottom Line: The San Mateo County coastline is a world-class resource for recreation, tourism, and coastal ecology. It’s easy to get involved with protecting this vital resource.

Countless San Mateo County residents (and many from outside the county) look to the Pacific coastline for recreation and relaxation, or for their jobs in agriculture, fisheries, and tourism. In all cases, the preservation of this critical resource is of paramount importance, and there are a number of organizations working towards that goal that you can get involved with.

Learn more about protecting open space in San Mateo County

Bottom Line: Local organizations like Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and the Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) are preserving some of the world’s most important areas of open space. What do they do and how can you support them?

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Both Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and POST exist primarily to preserve areas of undeveloped land in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties for recreation use and habitat.

Volunteer to help preserve and protect San Mateo open space

Bottom Line: Bay Area open space depends on volunteers to help maintain hundreds of miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails. Here is how you can become involved.


The San Francisco Bay Area contains many public open spaces managed by a number of organizations including State Parks, County parks, the Mid Peninsula Open Space District, Golden Gate National Recreation Area (National Park Service), and parks run by city governments. These parks cover over 50,000 acres of open space and also contain an additional 65,000 restricted or closed protected acres in San Mateo County [1].

Your Guide to Enjoying Local Open Space

Bottom Line: The San Francisco Bay Area has tens of thousands of acres of publicly-accessible open space, managed by many different organizations. Here is a guide to online information about them.

Open Space Guide

The San Francisco Bay area is one of the great natural areas of the world, with a huge range of ecosystems and micro climates. Spectacular coastline, redwood forests, rivers, grasslands, and of course the bay itself give residents and visitors ample opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. While the population of the Bay Area counties has continued to grow, the area has a strong tradition of preserving natural areas and making many of them available for recreational use as public open space.

Free Landscaping Classes

Bottom Line: BAWSCA has the tools and know-how to help you save water by creating a beautiful backyard suitable to California’s climate.

Free Landscaping ClassesHave you ever wondered how your garden might look if you switched to native species — less care and water needed – or what it would take to compost your own mulch for soil amendment? How do you start thinking about these things? Who can help?

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