This program is named after the natural and essential water-flow systems: watersheds, which are crucial to our environment as they allow plants and animals to get the water they need in order to grow. Much like a watershed, the Pasadena Watershed After-School Program allows those who interact with it to grow more in the understandings of the environmental systems that keep us alive, promoting environmental education.
What is environmental education? Environmental education is the teachings of how natural environments function, and how human activity plays a part in the sustainability and longevity of the systems we depend upon. Environmental education combined with a typical education allows for global minded and future focused students.
We are proud to report the success of the program since it started in August of 2021. Lessons have included a variety of topics, from what’s in our watershed to biodiversity and ocean acidification. Virtual and hands-on activities allowed curiosity to foster in these young minds.
These activities led to a final project that was planned and executed by the students themselves: the creation of a mural. Using what they had learned in the program and their creativity, the students collectively crafted a beautiful mural with a powerful message: protect our environment.
At the end of the program, we had a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate their hard work and growth as environmentalists, as well as to present the a new mural. We had mural ribbon cutting ceremonies at both Southmore Intermediate and Roberts Middle School. The creative lesson plans have really engaged these students in learning about the environment, and we want to thank everyone involved for their hard work and creativity. Thank you!
One of Citizens’ Environmental Coalition’s goals is to engage and give back to the community, and what better way to achieve that than through programs like this, which allow us to interact with and inspire the next generation? Events like the Pasadena Watershed After-School Program make CEC so proud of our partnerships, collaborations, and donors. Watch this space for updates on the ongoing program and our involvement within the community.