Sustainability practices and principles are the foundation of The Habitat’s programming and curriculum. We teach students that all of their actions- from the clothes they wear, the food they eat, the cars they drive, and the homes they live in- have direct impact, not only on their own lives, but also on our planet’s health.
Who We Teach
Carmel Unified School District: MEarth staff members provide innovative, hands-on instruction to students in the Carmel Unified School District (CUSD) – from the six-week “Ecoliteracy” curriculum for all sixth-grade students of Carmel Middle School and the school’s World Language, Science, History, and English-Language Arts classes.
Monterey Peninsula Unified School District: The Habitat has an outstanding record teaching place-based hands-on programs to students from Seaside, Marina, Monterey and Salinas. Since 2004 we have offered programming to over 7,000 students from these underserved areas, and we now have programming that serves over 1,000 community students each year. School day, after-school programs and summer camps introduce sustainability and healthy lifestyle choices to the community students who attend our programs each year. Program content focuses students in the pressing environmental issues that face our planet such as: habitat destruction, invasive species, pollution (specifically plastic pollution), overpopulation and over-consumption.
Participants in MEarth programs also include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, The RISE Program at CSUMB, and many area elementary, middle and high schools, including All Saints Episcopal Day School in Carmel Valley. Sixth graders at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach collaborate with MEarth staff at The Habitat during their year-long biome project to learn about soils and biodiversity.