Are you interested in having students learn outdoors--beyond the classroom walls? The Bay Area’s diverse ecological landscape is an ideal place for students to develop their understanding of the environment, its importance to our lives and our effects upon it.
Join SFUSD and the San Francisco Science, Sustainability, Stewardship (4S) Collaborative as they host the first Ecoliteracy Conference For All, focusing on environmental and sustainability education. The conference is on Saturday, May 4, 2013 from 10am-2pm at James Lick Middle School in San Francisco. SFUSD and other local teachers, grades Pre-K-12, are invited to register for the event.
Free, hour-long workshops will be presented by teachers and environmental education experts from organizations including the Lawrence Hall of Science, Aquarium of the Bay, Exploratorium, PEAK, Nature Bridge and California Academy of Sciences. Explore the reality of plastics and recycling, learn how to identify low- or no-cost energy saving behaviors, gain a better understanding of the carbon cycle and discover holistic place-based approaches to developing ecoliterate students. The conference will also feature a recorded performance of a student-written and performed opera created in partnership with the San Francisco Opera’s ARIA Network Program.
What's the most creative way you've recycled a discarded object?
Many artists use recycled materials as their medium. They take the world's detritus and transform it into works of art, giving trash a new name. At San Francisco's Recology Center, artists are offered residencies where they spend a few months in a studio at the dump creating new work out of discarded junk, then display it in a gallery exhibit. Once an artist is selected for the residency, they are bestowed with lifetime "picking rights" at SF Recology, and there is plenty of trash to go around. You'd be surprised to see what turns up in the garbage pile. Many objects even appear unused, and most seem destined for a greater purpose.
KQED Gallery Crawl segment The Gleaners.
Meet David King and Christine Lee, two of SF Recology's artists in residence who created sculptural art out of San Francisco's trash.
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