Outdoor Education School Programs
Inyo County School Programs
ESIA volunteers with the Inyo County Office of Education (ICOE) providing outdoor education to schools in the Owens Valley from Lone Pine to Round Valley. We assist with the monthly Taking Root Program, where 3rd grade students learn how to think like a naturalist by observing the world around them. In an outdoor setting, students learn to use their senses, curiosity, and imagination to ask questions and make intellectual and emotional connections with their environment.
Eastern Sierra Watershed Project
We also assist with ICOE’s Eastern Sierra Watershed Project (ESWP), offering field science opportunities to 2nd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade classes. The field data obtained through ESWP is then used by the Lower Owens River Project to support the historic re-watering of the Lower Owens River. Students learn about watersheds, water quality, and water resources management through hands-on outdoor scientific data collection and experiments throughout the schoolyear.
Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Firstbloom Program
ESIA volunteers with the Bishop Paiute Tribe’s Firstbloom program where we take the 4th and 5th grade students outdoors and teach them about sustainable recreation and other outdoor education programs to learn about our natural world.
SnowSchool with Bishop & Mammoth Elementary Schools
SnowSchool is a national education program founded by the Winter Wildlands Alliance (WWA). ESIA joins forces with WWA and Friends of the Inyo to offer SnowSchool to 5th grade classes in Bishop and Mammoth. Beginning in the fall, students learn about the water cycle and watersheds in the classroom. In February and March, the students learn about snow science including snow water equivalent, snowflake structures, traveling on snow safely, winter ecology, and how to use snowshoes. Then we take what we’ve learned to the snowy landscapes, where the kids utilize their snow science skills in the wild.