San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is partnering with local nonprofit Education Outside on an outdoor science “Training Bootcamp” that will prepare AmeriCorps members for service in 56 public schools across San Francisco and the Peninsula.
Now in its second year, the eight-day training session will take place at the SFPUC’s College Hill Learning Garden, where educators learn to teach students in outdoor settings, design outdoor classrooms and determine best practices for community engagement. Teachers also receive trainings on diversity, equity, and inclusion, including conscious and inclusive classroom management in the program, which started on Monday, August 27.
“College Hill is the perfect example of what a garden classroom can look like,” said Danny Palmer, College Hill Learning Garden Manager. “It’s helping our teachers see how a curriculum can bring together eco-literacy, urban planning and design. With gardens and trainings like these, our future generations can continue to do what San Francisco is known so well for—environmental stewardship.”
Constructed on SFPUC land, the College Hill Learning Garden is a 7,628-square foot education and demonstration garden designed to teach students about water, food, energy and waste systems. The garden is maintained and operated by Education Outside, which offers free field trips to the garden for third- through fifth-grade students in San Francisco. Each year, about 4,000 children take field trips to the garden where they learn key concepts from Big Ideas, the Agency’s eco-literacy guidebook, which connects water, power and sewer systems to state educational standards for Grades K-12.
“Our agency is dedicated to doing its part to foster the next generation of environmental stewards,” said Blair Randall, SFPUC Arts and Education Manager. “By providing educational resources we are supporting educators in our service area to use real-world examples of our water, power and sewer operations to teach to age-appropriate academic standards. Community partners like Education Outside make this work possible.”
Visit the SFPUC’s College Hill Learning Garden site
to learn more about the garden and contact Education Outside
to request a free field trip for students.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.