Outdoor Education School Programs
Inyo County School Programs
ESIA interpretive staff help support the Inyo County Office of Education (ICOE) outdoor education program delivered 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 partner 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 is honored to be working with the Bishop Paiute Tribe in supporting their 4th and 5th grade students program. Activities teach about the outdoors, sustainable recreation, and how to coexist in our natural world.
SnowSchool with Bishop & Mammoth Elementary Schools
A national Winter Wildlands Alliance education program focused on 5th grade students covering snow science subjects, such as snow water equivalent, snow-flake structures, traveling on snow safely, winter ecology, and how to use snowshoes. This unique educational program is offered in conjunction with Friends of the Inyo.