Engaging youth and families in local nature awareness,
scientific study, and environmental practices, right in our own communities.
Our robust education program spans elementary through community college level students, focusing on underserved urban-core youth.
We employ a variety of novel techniques including intergenerational learning, our innovative School-Shed model, and extensive hands-on field experiences to teach urban ecology and environmental stewardship.
Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program
The Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program is a competitive after-school and weekend
program for local high school students that incorporates environmental science and research, community leadership, hands-on habitat restoration, and art to address local environmental issues. It's managed and funded by Los Angeles Audubon, with additional funding from Baldwin Hills Conservancy, the TogetherGreen Program, SONY, and Southern California Edison.
Using our School-Shed model, we cultivate intergenerational learning in K-16 schools, including:
Leo Politi & Esperanza Elementary
Audubon Middle and Dorsey High
West LA College
High school students can apply to participate in the Environmental Leadership Program, working as educators and restoration practitioners within the Ballona Creek Watershed.
With the support of our volunteers, we offer STEM and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) based environmental education programs to local K-6 schools.
Reinforcing our Ballona School-Shed model, our programs take place at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve.
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A collaborative effort between Los Angeles Audubon Society College Fellows, restoration ecologists, ELP students, and community volunteers implement schoolyard habitats at urban core schools near downtown Los Angeles.
Science & art
Culminating in the annual Conservation Art Show, the science illustration program at Leo Politi Elementary provides an opportunity for students to learn STEM concepts and then interpret them for an audience through visual media.