My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Vida Verde Nature Education, San Gregorio, CA, USA
I developed and run an environmental education/teacher-training program that serves all of Alameda County schools, and one program that has influenced our program and my personal teaching, was my experiences chaperoning my Oakland students at Vida Verde. Vida Verde offers an inspirational educational experience where I have witnessed students personally transform (as well as our class community dynamics transform) into more positive and more connected global citizens. It is a place where learning is engaging, in-depth, and the opportunities of meaningful academic connections is literally endless. I will never forget when my students were learning about compost at the center, and then on fieldwork at our tide pool investigation, our Vida Verde educator used the teachable moment of a decomposing beached whale to reinforce their cycle of nutrients lesson and how students can positively be part of this cycle. They also talked about how human behavior impacted grey whale migration. Making these connections about ecology, which we were studying at the time, my students reflected about their own personal responsibility on what they could do when they went back home to be more eco-minded. It was an absolutely powerful learning moment, that reminds me that students learn best when they experience and explore their world, make connections, and are a part of it. Thank you, B+ and the Vida Verde crew - you aren't a great nonprofit, you are an excellent nonprofit!!!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Give them more land if they needed it, and give them more funding to serve the underserved, as they provide access to outdoor experiences to students who are not likely able to afford these types of learning experiences
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