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Oakland R&D Leadership Public School Earth Team Wraps up the Year!

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The year has come to an end! This year Oakland R&D Leadership Public School met 40 times, completing over 100 hours of education and training, including 20 class visits, 11 field visits, 8 public events, and 1 recruitment event! Together, we reached over 850 community members and over 130 peers and faculty on campus!

The highlights of our project were..

Downtown Oakland Community Awareness Campaign – A community engagement campaign to raise awareness about Terracycle ashtrays and stormwater pollution

MLK Day Community Clean Up (Save the Bay, EBRPD) – A community litter reduction project at Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline

2018 Annual Litter March – A service learning project engaging fellow peers and community members to raise awareness about the effects of litter on our watersheds

Peralta Creek/MLK Shoreline Litter Assessment – A long term litter reduction project targeting Peralta Creek and its drainage point at the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline

Paint the Town – A community based service...Read more

Litter March 2018: A Day for Litter and Water Pollution Awareness


Mid-march, Richmond High Earth Team interns joined forces with all other Earth Team schools in our annual Litter March in East Oakland! The day started out with a motivational speech and instructions from the LPS Oakland interns, who were the lead team for this event. After this, everyone marched around the neighborhood together, cleaned up their path, and tried to make connections with the community. After the march was over, everyone celebrated with lunch as Jennifer Stern from the City of Oakland spoke on what the city is doing to address the issues of waste disposal.

The litter march has two main purposes. The first is obvious – to clean up litter off the streets! With an attendance of over 100 people, there were plenty of people to help pick up trash. Volunteers and interns worked together to remove the litter and also log its type and location in an app called the Marine Debris Tracker. (Check out our website zerolitter.org to view...Read more

STEM Employment Opportunity with Rising Sun


Earth Team is not just committed to its environmental projects, but also to developing the next generation of green leaders.  Be it through the implementation of service learning projects that give inters the hard skills they need to succeed, public speaking and community engagement opportunities that provide interns with the soft skills they need to succeed, or actually presenting them with opportunities after Earth Team that gives the chance to succeed.

On March 6, 2018, Daryl Lambert, from Rising Sun, joined Earth Team to present to the group about an upcoming summer job opportunity as an energy specialist with the organization.  Interns were extremely engaged, asking questions and showing real interest in the possibility of working in the environmental field for the summer.  When the presentation was over, several interns stuck around to ask follow up questions and receive applications.  It is a rewarding site to see watching these young people make environmentalism a significant part of their lives.


Earth Teams Prepares for 3rd Annual Litter March


On February 27, 2018 interns returned to the classroom after a much deserved week off and got right to work planning and preparing for their upcoming Litter March in East Oakland.  This event has been held in Oakland the past three years with participant numbers continuing to grow.  This year the interns expect over 100 participants to join in an effort to spread awareness about the effects of litter on Oakland’s Bay and the local creeks and waterways that drain into it.  Interns were hard at work writing/practicing their individual speeches that they will be giving to the crowd on this day of joining.  They are nervous but getting more and more excited as the event approaches.  Here is what several interns had to say about preparing for the Litter March:

“I’m pretty excited for this upcoming Litter March. I’m in a group with Jazmin and we’re in charge of explaining what the March is for and the app, Marine Debris Tracker, that we will be using during the Litter March. I’m being...Read more

Earth Team Assesses Litter Mid Peralta Creek


On January 30, 2018 the dedicated interns of LPS Oakland headed to their second field site along Peralta Creek.  These green leaders devised a plan to test several locations along the creek from the upper head waters to the lowest drainage point, to assess how litter density changes as the creek moves downstream and through the city of Oakland.  Peralta Hacienda Historical Park serves as the teams mid-creek site location.

Masters now of their litter assessment protocol, the team quickly set up and marked their assessment areas and proceeded to break into smaller groups to efficiently conduct the six separate assessments.   The results showed an increase in litter density from their previous site assessment that was located further upstream.  Interns reflected on the results and almost unanimously attributed the increase to the fact that more people had been exposed to the creek and had the opportunity to litter in the surrounding areas.  Few felt that the increase was partly due to the lack of awareness of the severe effects of litter on our...Read more

Learning from the City of Oakland's Experts on Litter Reduction


On January 16, 2018,  City of Oakland’s Environmental Stewardship Analyst Jennifer Stern and Watershed Program Specialist Ben Livsey joined LPS Oaklands Earth Team to speak about the many waste projects the city is leading.  Interns learned about the multiple ways waste enters our waterways and the efforts the city is making to reduce this occurrence- including but not limited to plastic bag bans, styrofoam bans, the legal prosecution of illegal dumpers, and many litter removal programs.

The city has also developed a program called “Adopt a Spot” whereby any citizen can adopt a “spot” (drain, creek, road, park, etc.) and assume responsibility for its maintenance and vitality.  The city sends out emails to participants before major rain events or public events that may severely effect the area they have chosen to adopt as a reminder to either pick up trash so it isn’t washed into creeks or clear drains of debris that could cause flooding, etc.

In addition to the many projects the city has under way, the interns also learned that the city spends over 25 million dollars a year to reduce litter polluting the city’s waterways.  Interns spent several minutes...Read more

Save the Bay Education at Martin Luther King Shoreline


Skyline Interns and LPS Oakland Interns teach peers about the history of tidal marshes in the Bay Area. 

The Saturday after returning from winter break, Skyline Earth Team partnered with interns from LPS Oakland and Save the Bay to complete education and restoration work at the Martin Luther King Shoreline.  The team of interns learned about the history of the bay area, including historic reach of tidal marshes, development patterns, and current and future restoration efforts focusing on salt ponds.  Here are some of the things the interns had to say!

“We substantially reduced the tidal marshes in the bay area” – Nick, Skyline

“Something that I learned today is that endangered species live in the tidal marsh. I learned about how there are only 2,000 Ridgeway Rail birds left and that they only live here in the bay area. The tidal marshes used to cover around 10,000 acres of Oakland and now 90% of it is gone. I learned many things that I did not know before and I was able to plant 4 plants today” – America, Skyline

“Some things that I learned today were about the endangered species such

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Oakland LPS and Skyline High Earth Teams Join Forces


On Saturday December 16, 2017 Oakland LPS Earth Team joined forces with Skyline High Earth Team to make a difference at MLK Shoreline in Oakland.  Next semester Oakland LPS interns will be assessing the litter and water quality issues in Oakland as they relate to Peralta Creek and its drainage point at MLK Shoreline.  The interns have spent the last few months mastering litter assessments and developing protocol that will be conducive to MLK Shoreline and upstream sites along Peralta Creek.

Saturday served as a day for the two teams to get to know each other, for Oakland LPS to train Skyline on there litter assessment protocol, and for Skyline to train Oakland LPS on their water quality testing protocol.  Each LPS intern had the opportunity to describe and demonstrate a different step of the new and improved litter assessment protocol.  LPS interns thrived in the leadership positions.  Skyline interns then had the opportunity to walk LPS interns through their water quality tests which was successful as well.  Oakland LPS is...Read more

Leaf: LPS Oakland goes camping with Earth Team!

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***Student Blog***

Written by Ramona Sandoval Rodriguez

LPS Oakland interns got an opportunity to participate at Leaf, our camping trip. It was optional and not many were able to make it because of school work, family emergencies, and they were not sure if it would be fun or safe.  Some of the students  were afraid to go because they have never gone camping and they didn’t know how to prepare or what to do.  Ms. Jordan gave us a paper with what we would need so we didn’t need to worry much it had a list of what we would need and what we wouldn’t. Have you ever gone camping? Is it scary or is it just plain boring? Well to us it was neither.  At first it was like why did I come? I screamed inside when I was told there might not be wifi but when I got there guess what, there was wifi.

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IMG_1984Earth Team is a nonprofit environmental education service provider founded in 2000.  Its Sustainable Youth Internship program seeks to innovate environmental education by using project-based learning that support informal STEM learning opportunities and college and career preparedness for at-risk students from 10 Title 1 public high schools in the San Francisco East Bay. Earth Team offers the only yearlong afterschool internships in the East Bay, providing an immersive experience over 120 hours per year to 150 low income, minority enrollment students each year.


Our program uses a community-connected, project-based learning approach supporting informal STEM learning and California Next Generation Science Standards to help students envision science and technology career alternatives in their future. Youth will not only learn about environmental data collection through student-led investigation sites, but also master STEM practices and become immersed in STEM culture (vocabulary, habits...Read more