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San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) in collaboration with environmental program providers designed this site to provide comprehensive information of programs that expose students to the outdoors, teach them ecology and inspire preservation techniques and ideas.

Please poke around so you can join us in our quest to shape the next generation of ecoliterate citizens.

Definition of Ecoliteracy
1) Awareness Understanding the principles that govern natural systems and comprehending the impact humans have on natural systems.
2) Apprectiation Developing a personal connection to the local environment
3) Advocacy Taking a personal action to engate in local and global issues.

These dimensions of ecoliteracy should be grounded in the global impacts of students' urban lifestyles as well as in the urban context in which they live.  It is the goal of SFUSD and Environmental Program providers listed in this site to provide the following to district students, as it is felt that in order for students to become ecoliterate, they need to have access to the following experiences before graduating.

Basic Concepts and Experiences
In order for students to become ecoliterate, they need to have access to the following experiences before graduating:

1.Environmental Curriculum

2.Place-Based Education

3.Playful Experiences in Nature

4.Visits to Natural History Museums

5.Participation in a Stewardship Project

6.Youth Leadership Opportunities...

And learn the following concepts:

  1. Climate Change (“Why is our climate changing?”)
  2. Sources of Energy (“How do we power our homes and cars?”)
  3. Watershed (“Where do we get our water?”)
  4. Urban Ecology (“How can we coexist with the nature in our city?”)
  5. Food Systems (“Where does food come from”)
  6. Impacts of Consumption (“What is the Story of Stuff?”)
  7. Waste Hierarchy (“Why is there no away?”)
  8. Environmental Justice (“Why are power plants in poor areas?”)

If you are interested in joining this group, signing up for email updates, have information about organizations that support ecoliteracy, or provide resources for K-12 classes, or would like information presented to your school please contact:


Lisa Wojcik
Ecoliteracy Content Specialist
SFUSD
Office: 415-379-7652

WojcikL@sfusd.edu