Environmental Education at Presidio Hill School
Through the integration of science, technology, and the arts, we intentionally foster a sense of place and appreciation for San Francisco and our planet. Daily adventures into the Presidio National Park offers a unique natural setting for our outdoor education program.
Stewardship in our younger grades is founded on the idea that kids, before being introduced to larger environmental issues, need to regularly investigate, explore, and discover their surroundings. Students in all grades formally and informally venture, rain and shine, into the Presidio National Park. Whether building forts in a redwood forest, sliding down sand dunes, or collecting organisms in El Polin Creek, our students are encouraged to enjoy the wonders, seasonal changes, and mysteries of these wild urban habitats, helping to cultivate personal, safe relationships with nature.
Our middle school environmental science program is based on a hands-on outdoor immersion pedagogy. Our program is rooted in connecting our students to nature.
Our 1:55-minute field-research labs allow students to conduct on-going long-term monitoring projects, collect real data, and compare and contrast ecosystem functions. Immersion in these ever-changing ecosystems teaches our students to formulate authentic questions about our earth and climate systems and through experiences and critical thinking they learn the affects of seasonal change and global trends.
The San Francisco Bay is one of the most biologically rich habitats on the planet. Our campus boarders the 15,000 acre Presidio National Park. Easily walkable for all of our students, our outdoor classrooms include, a 100-year old eucalyptus forest, an intact watershed, 3 wetlands, a natural spring, a freshwater lake, intertidal beaches, and a coastal redwood grove with over a 100 trees. Our students are lucky to experience the real science of place-based ecology. Learning first-hand about the phonological phases of our planet helps our students build deeper connections to place. We feel this will enable our students to optimistically act as global citizens and stewards of our planet.
The 14,800 acre Presidio National Park is part of the Golden Gate National Recreational (GGNR).