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From the Avenue to the Channel Islands 'ATCI'

The MERITO Foundation has been awarded an Outdoor Equity Grant from California State Parks for a new 3-year partnership program titled ‘From the Avenue to the Channel Islands.' 'ATCI' is a collaborative program between the MERITO Foundation, Sustainable Ventura, and Ventura Land Trust where we will serve the community of the Avenue in the City of Ventura with De Anza Academy of Technology and Arts (DATA Middle School) by including its students, teachers, alumni, and neighboring communities. 

About "From the Avenue to the Channel Islands" Program

Through the collaboration between the MERITO FoundationSustainable Ventura, and Ventura Land Trust, DATA MS teachers will receive professional development (PD) in areas of ocean and environmental sciences. Their students will participate in outdoor experiences at the Ventura River, State Beaches, and the Channel Islands. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a number of recreational activities including biking, hiking, kayaking, camping, snorkeling, sailing, surfing & leadership skill-building as well as take part in outdoor community events. 

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Students will also participate in citizen science, environmental monitoring, habitat restoration, creation of native & edible plant gardens, and project-based learning challenges to reduce the environmental footprint of their school & homes according to grade level. The purpose of the grant funding is to help advance the ‘Outdoor Access for All’ initiative championed by Governor Gavin Newson and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newson, and the Natural Resource Agency’s ‘Outdoors for All’ initiative. The effort expands outdoor access to all Californians through focused investments with a priority to expand access in underserved communities.

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6th Grade

Watershed Science

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7th Grade

Marine Science

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8th Grade

Coastal Protection

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What will the 'ATCI' Program Provide to DATA MS Teachers & Students?

  • Access to >25 science activities to choose from, drawn from the EECCOA Activity Guide and from sponsoring and partner organizations (NOAA, USC Sea Grant, e.t.c.) focused on climate, ocean, and energy literacy aligned to NGSS

  • Training on the use of curricula, on-field monitoring & lectures from expert guest scientists

  • The activities are available online for your students to use in a self-guided manner with directions, links to videos, assessment questions, and additional resources.

  • Stipends for fully participating teachers

  • Meaningful live field experiences at Ventura River Watershed led by project and partners staff in support of the monitoring and restoration efforts taking place.

  • Funding of students' bus transportation to the Ventura River Watershed

  • Tools for students’ environmental data collection, data visualization, and analysis

  • Live & virtual mentorship for students on how to design better their authored project proposals to reduce the carbon footprint of their school campus through the EECCOA Challenge

  • Cash prizes for the students’ authors of best 12-15 projects and seed funding for the best project to be implemented at students’ school campus

Sponsor 

Partners

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