The Conservancy’s unique STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education programs use community research projects to immerse students and the public in becoming good stewards of our environment. The Conservancy is uniquely positioned as a frontline laboratory for climate change, sea level rise and coastal erosion, creating an outdoor classroom for students to explore the effects of our changing climate in real world conditions.
Not only does Crystal Cove offer a one-of-a-kind outdoor classroom and learning research lab, but The Conservancy holds as one of its top priorities to make this unique experience available to the most under-resourced schools and most underserved students. By providing scholarship funding to cover busing costs and costs for substitute teachers, and NGSS-aligned lesson plans that bracket the field trip experience, The Conservancy makes its programming available to those who need it most.
The Conservancy’s education programs leverage all of the park’s resources to educate and inspire learning opportunities including on-the-water programs in the Marine Protected Area which measure water quality, monitor fish populations and check the health of the kelp forest; backcountry programs at the Michael & Tricia Berns Environmental Study Loop; beach and tidepool programs which immerse students in studying changes to delicate coastal habitats and the creatures which depend on them; and flexibly-scheduled space in the Park and Marine Research Facility to support natural and cultural research initiatives as well as coastal dynamics, marine ecosystems and tidepool ecology.