STEEC strives to increase the number of youth with public lands as places for recreating, learning, and volunteering each year.  Through these various experiences, students will become engaged in educational programs, service learning projects, and outdoor experiences that will better connect local youth to the natural world.


Outdoor Explore!  Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd grade

The Outdoor Explore! program focuses on outdoor exploration, forestry and wildlife.  This experience opens students’ eyes to appreciating their natural surroundings, and cultivates the beginning stages of understanding ecological restoration.  This fieldtrip opportunity includes the stations “Exploration and Stewardship,” “Trees are Terrific,” and “Animals are Amazing.”  In addition, Lake component focusing on the importance of the fragile Lake Tahoe watershed.

 Children’s Forest  3rd, 4th grade

Children’s Forest allows students to have connection to the culturally rich Tallac Historic site and the surrounding Pope-Baldwin Recreation Area.  This program is a field trip opportunity for 3rd and 4th grades to include the “Ways of the Washoe, Founding Families and Trees are Terrific.”  5th grade students are also able to “adopt a swale” at Baldwin Beach. Students learned about resource management while removing aquatic invasive weeds and animal species.  8th grade students assist with bird banding at Pope Beach in another Children’s Forest opportunity.

Junior Botany  1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th grade

Students identify native plants and trees and will grow from seed (or seedlings) some of the native plants and then are able to transplant at their school sites.

 Swale Restoration Project  5th grade

5th grade Swale Restoration Project covers environmental impacts from aquatic invasive species, food webs, life cycles and competition and water quality measures.  The removal of Eurasian Milfoil is practiced and bullfrog population assessments are taken, while water quality testing is also done.  Participants become land stewards as they “adopt a swale” to take care of for future generations to come.

WOWEE (Wonders of Water Expanded Edition)  Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd , 4th, 5th, 6th grade

WOWEE includes activities on watershed health, water conservation, fish life cycles, aquatic/terrestrial. Bugs, food webs, water cycles, water quality and the importance of stewardship of water resources to augment the community program at “Snapshot Day.”

 Trees are Terrific  Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th grade

Trees are Terrific programs include engaging activities teaching students about local forest health and ecology.  Activities include tree planting, monitoring, junior botanist, local plant and survival adaptations, and seed dispersal.

 Bird Banding  8th grade

Bird Banding field trips include physics of flight, bird banding, and introduction to bird watching and ornithology.

 Tahoe Basin Watershed Education Summit (TBWES)  9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade

Modeled after the Watershed Education Summit on the El Dorado National Forest, the Tahoe Basin Water Education Summit (TBWES) teamed high school students and teachers with resource specialists for an extensive watershed monitoring assessment on Blackwood Creek, one of the most sediment producing creeks in the Lake Tahoe Basin.  The data collected by students will assist in monitoring the recent restoration project.  TBWES consists of high schools in the Lake Tahoe region and many STEEC partner agencies who provide support and leadership for this continuing, successful program.  This overnight fieldtrip is often students’ first camping experience, as well as sparking interest and exploring potential future career paths.

To view TBWES 2013 slideshow, click here: 


To view TBWES 2012 slideshow, click here:


In addition, we offer trainings throughout the year benefiting our community educators. Project Learning Tree, Project WET, and Project WILD offer a variety of curriculum based activities and are integral to teaching hands-on, interdisciplinary outside of the classroom. Educators K-6 grade, early childhood educators, volunteers, and interns can take part in these trainings.

Follow the links below to view each organization’s website: