As an active member of the San Mateo County Office of Education’s Environmental Literacy Initiative and a Community and Environmental Education Partner, we offer a variety of educational programs that are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards, One Planet Living Principles, and California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts.

We provide learning opportunities for students of all ages (K-12, community college, and universities). Our programs include class presentations and field trips to San Bruno Mountain that combine art and writing activities, hiking, and habitat restoration service-learning opportunities. Custom-made interpretive booklets or “zines” are developed for the themes and topics of each trip.

Our Mission Blue Nursery also hosts school groups, engaging them in native plant propagation and botany. Our nursery connects school landscapes to the mountain by providing plants for native gardens featuring the local flora of San Bruno Mountain.

Students find additional opportunities to learn with us through academic internships, capstone projects, and community service hours.

We most often partner with schools in the regions surrounding San Bruno Mountain, particularly Daly City, South San Francisco, Brisbane, and Colma; however, we also work with other schools spread throughout the SF Peninsula.

We seek to provide underserved youth with opportunities to connect with the mountain, a critical open space within a dense and urbanized region. Indeed, the initial grassroots efforts to save San Bruno Mountain in the 1970s were sparked in part by demands for the creation of parkland in northern San Mateo County.

To learn more and get involved, please email ariel@mountainwatch.org

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