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Young People Can Make a Huge Difference in Climate Protection!

We’re all working very hard to combat climate change today – and this is a campaign that will continue for generations to come. That’s why it’s so important that our community’s youth understand this threat to our environment, and are given tools to be part of the solution.

Check out these programs for youth: City’s Public Works Department holds an annual Water Conservation Poster Contest for K-8 kids. Call our Water Conservation Hotline at 650-780-7436 for more information.

If you're a parent, teacher, principal, or other education professional, you can download curriculum materials and find educational links on the Public Works Water Conservation Education website.

Cool The Earth is a ready-to-run program that educates K-8 students and their families about global warming and inspires them to take simple actions to reduce their carbon footprint. Cool The Earth is successful because it’s fun and empowering for the kids – and their enthusiasm is contagious!

Acterra's Young Earth Stewards (YES) program connects youth with nature using habitat restoration and environmental education as a way to inspire a life-long appreciation of the natural world. This program brings youth outdoors, helps them to become active stewards of the land, and increases their sense of place and sense of community. Volunteer at Stulsaft Park! Click here for more information.

Hidden Villa offers a wide range of programs for youth, families, and the entire community to learn about and connect with the environment while visiting its organic farm and wilderness preserve. Programs include summer camps, workshops, activities in the arts, and environmental education for diverse cultures and multi-generations. In addition to programs offered at Hidden Villa, the organization provides science enrichment and garden education programs in partnership with two Redwood City elementary schools, Taft and John Gill. Hidden Villa is located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, just 15 miles south of Redwood City.

The Marine Sciences Institute (MSI) located on the Bay in Redwood City offers a hands-on approach to teaching marine biology, and connecting with the natural treasure that is San Francisco Bay. Kids and families will feel the wind in their hair, splash in ocean tidepools, poke into the mud in nearby estuaries, and board MSI’s research vessel for first-hand experience of the diverse world of marine life in the Bay and wetlands.

For more information, please contact Vicki Sherman, Environmental Initiatives Coordinator, at 650-780-5917 or

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