Currently the Every Child Outdoors Foundation is partnered with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Outdoor Science School to provide financial support for participating schools in lower income communities. The Every Child Outdoors Foundation reduces financial barriers to outdoor education for low-income students in Santa Cruz County.
Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School
Environmental Education Grants for Schools
A four-day trip to Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School costs $295 per student, which can be prohibitive for many families. Every Child Outdoors reduces this financial barrier by awarding grants to lower income schools within Santa Cruz County. Schools are then able to reduce the cost of participation for all of their students.
How to Apply
- Over $100,000 in environmental education grants awarded to schools in need since its inception in 2009.
- Approximately 1200 Santa Cruz County fifth grade students annually receive a reduction in tuition costs through an ECO environmental education grant.
- Approximately 54,000 hours of outdoor environmental education subsidized annually.
- Research from Lawrence Hall of Science at University of California, Berkeley shows that on average, elementary school students receive less than 60 minutes of science instruction per week. ECO grantees participate in 14 hours of interactive science instruction – that’s 14 weeks of science!
“Santa Cruz County Outdoor Science School is a memorable, enriching experience all students deserve equal access to, and not all have the financial means to go. Programs like yours help greatly.” ~~Teacher, Ann Soldo Elementary School, Watsonville, CA