By Kristen D Rauscher
Growing Planet, a non-profit environmental organization, is dedicated to educating
K-12, about conservation, biodiversity, recycling and other environmental issues as well as native
plant restoration and reforestation projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Our
environmental education program, called Eco Rangers, consists of a comprehensive classroom and
hands-on training that helps children become more aware of the environment around them and what they
can do to preserve and protect our natural resources.
Through Eco Rangers, children will learn about the relationships between nature and animals,
between animals and humans, between humans and nature. Children will become more aware of the
environment around them, and learn to respect the environment, instead of always taking it for
The Eco Rangers program will consist of:
- Biodiversity in science classes - Biodiversity or Biological Diversity consists of the immense
variety in all living things. This is the diversity of genes within all living organisms, the
diversity of species, and the diversity of the ecosystems such as coral reefs and forests. Students
will also learn about our endangered species and what we can do to protect them, as well as how many
species became extinct.
- Air Pollution Prevention (i.e. Cleaner Air) - Students will learn:
- What is air pollution?
- What symptoms do air pollution cause? (damage to our mucus membranes, asthma, emphysema, etc.)
- Is air pollution bad for your health?
- Is there a group that keeps track of air pollution?
- What can I do to protect myself and my family?
In this program, children will also receive educational materials
that they can share with their parents to learn about the
"25 Things You Can Do to Improve Air Quality All the Time."
- Eco Rangers Science Camp - With the partnerships of Daly City Parks and Recreation Department
California State Parks, Growing Planet is restoring Thornton Beach, a 58-acre parcel of California
coastline and developing an educational nature center where hands-on environmental education will be
provided. At Thornton Beach, children will attend day camps where they will learn about local
ecology, seed collection and propagation of seeds in our state of the art greenhouse provided by
Daly City Parks and Recreation Department.
- Reforestation - Students will learn about the relationship between trees and the quality of air
and how this affects our daily lives. Students will also learn about the effects that
commercialism, forest fires and diseases have on wildlife and what they can do to prevent the
depletion of our tree population. Students will participate in transplanting seedlings in areas
that have been severely affected by forest fires or commercialism.
The Eco Rangers program has already been introduced in two Bay Area counties and we have received
positive feedback from both the students and school personnel.
If you would like to contribute, please go to DONATIONS. Thank you for your generosity.