The Sagehen Outdoor Education Program is an established, unique environmental education program for fifth grade students in the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. It is housed at the UC Berkeley Research Station just outside of Truckee. Classes of fifth grade students come throughout the month for a 2 day/1night or 3 day/2 night program. 5th grade students learn a variety of skills and gain knowledge about local ecosystems, flora and fauna of the Sierra Nevada, macro-invertebrates, water quality and issues, topographical mapping, plant and animal identification, insects, and other environmental education topics. Classes are taught by outdoor educators, the Tahoe Institute for Natural Science (TINS), and SWEP (the local watershed education non-profit). The objective of the Sagehen Outdoor Education Program is to expose students to a variety of environmental projects and outdoor activities that will increase their level of understanding and appreciation for the outdoors. As well, an important goal is to keep our curriculum aligned with the common core standards. We have chosen to make Sagehen part of our educational experience because we are in control of the curriculum that is being taught. We are in constant contact with the non-profit organizations we contract with and the outdoor education instructors that are hired to teach during the program. This collaboration helps the TTUSD teachers ensure all classes taught at the Sagehen Outdoor Education Program are aligned with the common core standards.
The Sagehen Outdoor Education Program provides all of the 5th grade students in the school district with a unique environmental education experience. This experience not only focuses on team building and developing a sense of community, but students also gain knowledge around a number of scientific topics.
The Sagehen Outdoor Education Program provides 5th grade students of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District with a high quality, standards-based, hands-on environmental education experience about the area in which they live. We have successfully been providing this program to the students in our school district for the past 10 years.
For the past 10 years, the Sagehen Outdoor Education program has been organized and run by 3 teachers, volunteering their time. Two of the teachers, Katie Old and Candy Blesse currently teach at Truckee Elementary. Kathy Echols is a retired 5th grade teacher from Glenshire Elementary.
This grant will be used by all 5th grade students throughout the school district.
Shane McConkey Foundation
Vail/Epic Promise- Northstar
TDLT Truckee Donner Land Trust
Martis Camp Community Foundation
TTUSD Fees from participant families