Oakland LPS

Earth Team Partners with Save the Bay


On Saturday January 13, 2018 Earth Team’s from LPS Oakland and Skyline High School joined forces with Save the Bay to participate in their Restoration Education Program at MLK Shoreline in Oakland.  Save the Bay was founded in 1961 and has since dedicated itself to protecting the San Francisco Bay and its estuarine habitat areas.

The sun was shining and the winds were calm which made for a perfect outdoor learning environment.  The two teams mixed themselves up and participated in a range of activities from geography and watershed education and presentations to native plant transplanting.  Save the Bay staff was very knowledgable and eased the interns through each project.  The day turned out to be very successful, students planted 43 native species that will grow to provide habitat for the bounty of animals that inhabit MLK Shoreline.

Here’s what one of the LPS Oakland interns had to say about the day:

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Over 7000 Pieces of Litter Collected on MLK Day


On Monday January 15, 2018 the dedicated Earth Team interns from LPS Oakland rose early on their day off  to lend a hand to service at the MLK Shoreline in honor of MLK Day.  Interns came with a purpose to collect data and collect trash.  MLK Shoreline is the drainage point for the majority of Oakland’s creeks.  As the creeks travel from the Oakland Hills, where they begin, down through the city to the shoreline, they carry with them all the litter that has made its way into them via storm drains, wind, and direct dumping.   As the creeks meet at the bay the litter is held along the beaches polluting the water and natural habitats of the many animals that inhabit the area.


Interns teamed up with a group of community volunteers from Pyatok Architects.  As the volunteers collected litter the interns diligently followed behind imputing the data into the Marine Debris Tracker App.  The volunteers were incredibly helpful, shouting out the collected items to their Earth Team counterpart and making it some what of a competition between teams to keep everyone motivated and having...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

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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

ORD Develops New Protocol to Assess the Waste Issues at MLK Shoreline


For the past two weeks LPS Oakland Earth Team has been on campus working diligently to develop protocol that they can use for next semesters project where they will be tracking the movement and accumulation of litter as it flows from the upper Peralta Creek headwaters to the creeks drainage point at the Martin Luther King Jr Shoreline in Oakland.

On December 5, 2017 interns left campus and headed to MLK shoreline to practice their new and improved protocol.  As with anything new there are always obstacles that arise.  Interns found difficulties in creating measurable segment areas, but have sense forth developed a solution that problem.  Interns found that some of the new instruments were more difficult to use then they imagined and since then have taken the time to master the use of each tool.  Environmental experiments take time and precision and through much practice and trial and error the team has been able to identify and form a solution to any short comings they have had.

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Laura and her Experience at Earth Team

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***Student Blog***

Written by Laura Castillo

At the begging when I started with this Internship of Earth Team, I didn’t know how it was going to be like but later on I really liked it. Something that I really enjoy is spending time with my Earth Team because I get to experience many things. This internship helps me to be more confident with myself because I get to try new things like talking with strangers. We spend one Saturday of the month doing activities, which is fun.  We spend every Tuesday in class after school, doing activities and thinking and planning our next projects.


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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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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

Halloween Upcycling at Oakland Leadership Public School


October 31, 2017 was a nice change of pace for the Interns at LPS Oakland who have been working the past two weeks to complete educational flyers and brochures that they will distribute to the Downtown Oakland Community. 


The students watched a short video on the principles of the 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle, and then in groups made lists of the top three litter items produced on Halloween and ways to either reduce their consumption or to reuse them.  They then, on their own, used waste materials to create up-cycled litter art.  23163887_10211077799717982_1097739374_nUpcycling is the practice of turning one mans waste into another mans wealth.  So often we throw materials away that can be used for another purpose.  This was an opportunity for students to contemplate all the items we typically throw away and how they could be reused or repurposed altogether.  And of course their was CANDY...Read more

Survey Trial in Downtown Oakland


On October 24, 2017 the Oakland LPS Earth Team headed back to downtown Oakland to run a trial on the survey they had been working on, which was meant to assess the publics knowledge about the effects of cigarette litter on water ways and the Terracycle program in Oakland.  Students were challenged to approach community members on the streets during rush hour to try to convince them to participate in the survey.  This day proved to be a learning lesson.  Many people were unresponsive and seemed uninterested.  The team plans to improve in their communication, pick a more approachable time of day, and get back out there for their official survey day on November 11th.  Below are several accounts of the interns’ experiences:


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