Stewardship in our younger grades is founded on the idea that before being introduced to larger environmental issues, kids need to regularly investigate, explore, and discover their surroundings. Rain, shine, wind, and fog students in all grades formally and informally venture into the Presidio National Park. Whether building forts in a redwood forest or searching for bugs in El Polin Creek, our students are encouraged to enjoy the wonders and mysteries of these wild urban habitats.
Our middle school environmental science program is rooted in immersing our students in real science. 100-minute field-research labs allow students to conduct long-term monitoring projects, collect meaningful data, and compare and contrast working ecosystem functions. Observing these ever-changing environments encourages our students to formulate questions about our earth and climate systems and critically think about the affects of seasonal change.
Our campus boarders (two blocks) the 14,800 acre Presidio National Park and is easily walkable for all of our students. Watersheds, wetland systems, a natural spring, intertidal beaches, and coastal redwood forests are directly integrated into the middle school science curriculum. Our classes are lucky to conduct real place-based science, in one of the most biologically rich habitats on the planet, often in collaboration with Presidio Trust Biologists. These dynamic experiences are the foundations for our students to optimistically grow into responsible global citizens.
Environmental Education at Presidio Hill School is different. Every Friday, each lower school (TK-4) class walk into the Presidio for an extended “Forest Friday” adventure. An abundance of habitats allows teachers to choose from distinct areas, helping each student develop a necessary personal relationship with nature.