Notes from the Field | Summer Starts in the Marsh!

As the 2012-2013 school year comes to a close, and we welcome summer, Save The Bay’s habitat restoration team temporarily says goodbye to many of the school groups that worked with us this year.

As I reflect on the students’ huge contribution to restoring the Bay shoreline, and all the hard work, I am incredibly proud to have the opportunity to work with such a committed group of students and teachers.

The numbers speak for themselves: jess_blog_photo

  • This school year we worked with 1,516 students and 308 teachers and chaperones
  • Students contributed 7,281 hours of restoration effort
  • Students planted an impressive 3,842 native plants and removed 14,457 pounds of invasive species along the Bay shoreline at a number of sites
  • Students helped us transplant 704 plants in our nursery

While engaging in direct, hands-on restoration of the Bay shoreline, students discover different aspects of the San Francisco Bay through soil sampling, species identification, and a variety of other fun activities.

Students and teachers reflect on their experiences during the 2012-2013 school year:

“It is a fun, productive way to make a connection to your watershed while improving it for the future. Students are stewards!”
5th grade teacher

“One of my favorite trips- excellent science in action!”
6th grade teacher

“Students are engaged and having fun, and they enjoy doing work that is beneficial to the environment.”
10th grade teacher

“This is a must do! Wonderful hands on experience”
9th grade teacher

“Thank you for being an amazing instructor! I learned so much with you!”
6th grade student

“The field trip was really fun and informative. I loved the weeding and the trash pickup. ”
6th grade student

“I learned never to litter or else the stream would end up nasty!!!”
6th grade student

Even though the school year is over, there are still plenty of opportunities for Bay Area youth to get out on the Bay. We welcome summer students from camps and enrichment programs throughout the Bay Area. If you’re interested in joining us for a marsh adventure this summer, contact restoration education specialist Jess Madding at