Environmental Science through Art

Environmental Science through Art (ESTA) aims to improve environmental health literacy by bringing state-of-the-art environmental health education aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) to schools serving Salinas Valley students. This partnership benefits from CSUMB’s extensive track record of engaging Latinx students in higher learning and its leadership role in the Salinas Center for Arts and Culture; Monterey Bay Aquarium’s longstanding commitment to teacher training and established programs in ocean health; CHAMACOS’s position within UC Berkeley, a top science and engineering institute, and its 20 year history of youth engagement in Salinas; and with community arts group Artist’s Ink that brings arts and culture to Salinas children through music, theatre, and visual arts. We integrate environmental health literacy into existing NGSS-aligned teacher training programs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium on ocean plastics and climate change and will develop a new training program focused on agriculture and ocean/human health; develop student-driven action projects infused with the arts and research experiments; evaluate the impacts of these training programs on student knowledge; and work with youth to develop art productions to bring environmental health awareness to wider audiences.


100 Campus Ctr
Seaside CA 93955

Following Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) model, we are working with small groups of high school students …

6th Grade Students / Youth
7th Grade Students / Youth
8th Grade Students / Youth
9th Grade Students / Youth
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