Free Online Classes from San Diego Zoo Global

San Diego Zoo Global is offering eight weeks of free online courses, now through May 24th, for middle and high school students who are studying from home during this health crisis

The courses are designed to be completed by students in about one to two hours and include video, images and quizzes to teach students about animals.

The first week of free online courses began with an overview of cats and lessons on cheetahs, lions and tigers. Following weeks will focus on mammals, monkeys, primates, bears, birds, reptiles, monotremes and marsupials.

Thank you San Diego Zoo for providing remote learning opportunities for middle and high school students in our community! Click here for more information and to view the classes.

Time for a virtual field trip to Cal Poly’s farm!

As we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on our daily lives, SEF is inspired by the acts of kindness and creativity we witness on a regular basis. That’s why we’re excited to share that Cal Poly Pomona has invited SGUSD students for a virutal fieldtrip to their farms! Cal Poly’s program promises to be an exciting, enriching experience as students tackle new topics every week. 

Even more exciting is the fact that students who complete all 6 lessons will become a Junior Farmer at Discovery Farm. We’re looking forward to hearing about all our future Junior Farmers.

Here is a short description of the program from AGRIscapes:

Each Lesson includes a short Video Segment, Subject Worksheet, a Quiz, Fun Games and a Coloring Sheet. When students complete a lesson they will earn a Badge for that topic, after going through all 6 session they will be declared a Junior Farmer at Discovery Farm! 

Click here to visit the website and learn more about Cal Poly’s virtual field trips to their farm.

4 SEF tips on how to make every week Earth Week

By making simple changes in our daily lives we can make a difference in the world around us. Here are a few simple ways your teen can celebrate Earth week at home… any time of the year! 

1. Say NO to single-use plastic

Take a pledge against plastic and say NO to plastic bottles, bags & straws. Challenge your friends and family to join your efforts!

2. Up-cycle your clothes

You can donate clothes you no longer wear or with minimal effort, they can also be turned into cool new items for your wardrobe!

3. Make a statement

Check with your middle or high school administrator to see if your school has an Environmental Mission Statement. If not, with approval from them, you can help to develop one. You can also get started on your first community awareness action item once you get back on campus: inquire about the development and organization of a school-wide mural project where students can leave individual pledges such as “I will turn off the lights when I leave the room”

Need help? Your family, friends, neighbors and volunteers at the San Gabriel Educational Foundation may be available to help!

4. Get some fresh air

Staying inside the house during these days of isolation, we can get caught up in what’s happening on Instagram, or with our favorite tv series, that we forget how much fun it is to be outside. Earth Day is a reminder of how beautiful and awesome our planet is. Take advantage of it! If you have a backyard, spend the afternoon outdoors reading, having lunch, or just taking in deep breaths of the fresh air. If your outdoor space is limited, try going for a walk at an off-hour when the streets are quieter… and remember to wear your mask.

We hope this post inspires all our families to make a pledge to “Do One Thing.”