"The most valuable learning experiences may have been the meter squared analyses because they helped me focus intensively on three distinct delta areas. This activity, in addition to the found poetry history activity, the kayaking experience in the tules, and the interactive Delta Map stand out in my mind. The found poetry helped me connect the history of the land to the people that have lived in it, which was satisfying to me emotionally (I also liked that we did this cooperatively and shared out); the kayaking helped me connect to the water and the plants and animals that make their homes in the Delta; and the Delta Map and the kinesthetic activities we did with it, along with the explanations, helped me have an experiential sense of the topography and hydrology of the area."
California Institute for Biodiversity
As one of the world's ten biodiversity "hotspots, California offers its citizens and students a remarkable opportunity to learn important scientific concepts and environmental values in the context of the natural world around them. The California Institute for Biodiversity (CIB), a statewide 501(c)3 non-profit, fosters environmentally informed citizens by improving science literacy, environmental education, and the use of appropriate technology in the classroom.
Since its founding in 1995 by Executive Director Carol J. Baird, Ph.D., CIB has trained hundreds of teachers and provided innovative educational resources to thousands of students statewide. This has been accomplished through a series of programs beginning with our namesake Cal Alive! - Exploring Biodiversity series, which highlights 53 habitats representing every major ecological community in the state. From there, we started to focus on specific regions of the state, beginning with Southern California and moving into Central California and the Bay Area, through our Eureka Series program. With this series teachers and students explored California's coastal areas through a combination of multimedia exercises, hands-on activities, and engaging field exploration.
As our programs spread to new areas of the state, we seek to ensure that all students have physical and intellectual access to the abundance of California's natural places by providing innovative and science-based teacher training programs and complimentary student materials.