VIRTUAL LEARNING WITH EXPLORE ECOLOGY

Welcome to our online classroom. This is where you’ll find our virtual workshops and lessons, online field trips for schools, and our latest videos. Please join us, the learning opportunities are endless!

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Educating Our Community

From Environmental Education Classes

to Art Workshops and Garden Videos.

Since we can’t meet with you in person,

let’s learn together online.

A WORLD OF ONLINE LEARNING!

WELCOME

Welcome to our online learning portal

We’re excited to offer you a new series of online environmental education and arts programming here on Explore Ecology’s Virtual Portal.

Click on the Tabs above to sign up for art workshops, schedule environmental and garden education lessons for your class, and watch our latest educational videos.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Environmental Education Lessons

We’ve moved our lessons to live virtual experiences and would love to present to your students. Virtual lessons include engaging presentations, video clips, interactive activities, and post-lesson challenges.

Explore Ecology online lessons are available for public and private schools, community youth groups, and camp programs. Our classes inspire children to engage with the natural world, think creatively, and experience the value of environmental stewardship.

These classes are free to most Santa Barbara County schools. Services are available for a fee for programs that are not free for your school and for out-of-county schools.

If you have any questions, please email our Education Coordinator.

WASTE SERIES — THREE PRESENTATIONS

(GRADES K-6; 30 MIN EACH) 

Replace the Waste: Students learn about Natural Resources, where our trash goes (landfills), and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Includes a fun and creative activity, perfect for home arts and crafts!

Food Waste: Students learn the process of how food gets from farms to us, how food may be wasted along the way, and what we can do to reduce food waste in our everyday lives. Includes an interactive brainstorm activity and home challenge!

Compost: Students learn about decomposers, how compost is formed, the benefits of composting, and observe a live working worm compost. Includes an interactive activity and home challenge!

(Lessons may also be booked individually)

WATERSHED RESOURCE CENTER FIELDTRIP

(GRADES K-6; 30 MIN) 


Students virtually tour the estuary at Arroyo Burro Beach and Watershed Resource Center where they learn about water pollution, marine debris, and what they can do to keep our water clean and safe. Includes engaging watershed model activity and trash cleanup challenge!

Students discover the benefits of composting, learn the secrets of decomposition and soil building, and participate in hands-on exploration of a working worm compost. The 45-minute lessons are scheduled for 4 consecutive classes a day at a school site.

CREEK KIDS SERIES 

(GRADES 4-6; 30 MIN EACH)

For this series, classes must schedule all 3 lessons.

Lesson #1: Students discover how much we use water everyday, and how water moves in a watershed. Includes an interactive activity and home challenge!

Lesson #2: Students virtually tour the estuary at Arroyo Burro beach, learn about water quality tests, and observe an Educator testing estuary water for pH, dissolved oxygen, and phosphate.

Lesson #3: Students learn about microplastics and bioaccumulation in the marine food web. Includes an interactive brainstorm activity and home challenge!

WATERSHED STEWARDS SERIES

(GRADES 3-6; 30 MIN EACH)

For this series, classes must schedule both lessons. North County only.

Lesson #1: Students learn about water as a natural resource, water supply and demand, and watersheds. Includes an interactive soil race activity and home challenge!

Lesson #2: Students continue their water education journey by identifying local water resources, examining human impacts on water, and learning how they can protect water quality. Includes an interactive groundwater pollution activity and solution brainstorm!

ART FROM SCRAP STORE FIELDTRIP

(GRADES K-6; 30 MIN)

Students virtually tour the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store, a treasure trove of reuse materials. Students learn about landfills and the 3 ‘R’s’,  Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. This lesson includes a fun arts and crafts activity!

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AFS ART WORKSHOPS

ONLINE ART WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

Children’s Workshops

We miss seeing everyone in our Art From Scrap Workshops. Even though we can’t get together make art in person, we can online. Art From Scrap is now offering Wednesday afternoon workshops at 3:00 pm on Zoom. We can’t wait to “see” you soon and get creative! Cost: Free. Check our calendar to see our upcoming list of classes and to sign up for your workshop. Pre-registration is required.

Art Workshops for Adults

Have you ever attended an Art From Scrap workshop for kids and wished that you could join in on the fun? Our Art From Scrap Workshops for Adults are now taking place on Zoom.  No previous art experience is necessary. Check our calendar to see our upcoming list of classes and to reserve your spot. Pre-registration is required.


Crafternoon Classes on Zoom

Join us for a fun afternoon open workshop on Zoom. Bring whatever craft you are working on and join the fun! Our Crafternoon classes are sure to inspire your creativity! Check our calendar to see our upcoming list of classes and to reserve your spot. Pre-registration is required.

Email Rachel if you are interested in teaching a workshop or have any questions.

GARDEN
COMMMUNITY ART GALLERY

Community Art Gallery

Check out some of the amazing art created each week in our Art From Scrap Online Workshops!

If you’d like to submit your work from one of our classes email Rachel. 

VIDEOS

School Gardens

Art From Scrap

Environmental Education

Art Workshops

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