Follow ( 0 Followers ) X Follow E-mail : * Follow Unfollow
Nature Collective provides children opportunities to connect with, experience, and care for nature daily.
Nature-based learning is essential for children and adults as they build an affinity for and a sense of belonging in outdoor and natural spaces. People who spend time learning outdoors in nature are “smarter, healthier, and happier,” having engaged in physical, social, and cognitive activities that boost their environmental literacy and overall wellbeing. They are also more likely to care for and protect these natural resources as environmental stewards.
Through our formal and collaborative partnerships with San Diego County school districts and other organizations, Nature Collective is co-creating culturally responsive, experiential learning opportunities that connect youth and families to nature.
We have four distinct programs that work together to support child and family learning in nature throughout the year.
Our School Learning Unit + Field Trip program engages 3-8 grade children in observations and investigations of nature at their school and at the San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Reserve.
Above: Students observe California sagebrush (Artemisia californica) during a field trip.
Our Get Out In Nature program hosts children and their families on half-day nature adventures to local parks and natural settings.
Above: Families setting out to explore Annie’s Canyon Trail
Our Pollinator & Indigenous Plant School Garden program encompasses whole school communities in “small scale, big impact” conservation projects on their campuses.
Above: Pollinator + Indigenous Plant Garden at a partner school campus
Our Nature Inspired Summer Camp program engages school kids on a week-long adventure, visiting and studying a variety of local ecosystems and environmental careers.
Above: Camper collecting transect data
Thanks to San Diego Gas & Electric, who has generously supported several of our education programs for 12 consecutive years.
And thank YOU, your support makes programs like this possible.
THANK YOU, APRIL 2023 SUPPORTERS
Individuals/ Foundations/ Funds
Sally + Steven Angus
Cindi + David Clemons
Cathie + Gordon Dixon, J.P. Morgan Securities Charitable Gift Fund Program
Barbara + Larry Dovenbarger
Linda + Paul Edwards
Warren Fox, Schwab Charitable
Lisa + Mark Franovich
Peggy Dugan French + William French
Bill + Elaine Hartleb
Donald Davis + Lesa Heebner
Colin + Vicky Holman
Ken + Chris Hornback
Michael + Jeannie Huse
Paul + Maggie Judge
Michael Kalichman + Linda Roux*
John + Sheryl Keis
Trudy Kohout + Stephen Perry
Joan + John Kroener
Mitchell + Hilde Kronenberg
Steven + Alexis Larky, Schwab Charitable
Deb + Greg Lefevre
Brian + Sharon Loveman
Donna Mancuso + Frederick Dawn
Jack + Lois Martin
Geoffrey Miller + Karen Haubrich
David + Kristen Newman
John + Barbara Nommesen
Larry + Tina Pryor
Philip Raffee + Lois James
Jerry + Lynn Sandlin
Billy + Ellen Simms
Eric Slater + Marcia Pilatti
Pemberton + Jean Smith
Ronald + Susan Styn
Tom + Julia Walker
Christine + John Willems
Clint + Elizabeth Winant
Jeffrey + Karen Young
Harold Todd + Gloria Sica in memory of Shirley Elaine Floyd for Todd & Robin Floyd
Randall Ryti in memory of Carl Biehl
Corporate / Nonprofit
California Native Plant Society
The Fish Market
If you didn’t have the chance to donate in April, you can still help:
Become a Member Today!