In this program, Point Blue currently provides a pathway of hands-on, bird-themed conservation science learning for 4th - 6th grade students in the Canal Community of San Rafael, CA.  We've been providing ecological science support to elementary students and teachers in this neighborhood since 2004 and have been building and improving the programming since then.  In 2012, BEAC became part of our STRAW Program and involved students in a wetland/upland transition zone habitat restoration at Pickleweed Park.  In 2013 we piloted a 6th grader Ambassador program where students have the opportunity to learn conservation outreach and leadership skills and continue their involvement in the program-- see the culminating video below from our pilot year.

The goals of the BEAC Project are to:

Additional goals per grade level:

4th grade naturalists

5th grade restorationists

6th grade ambassadors

We work with the students and teachers of Bahia Vista Elementary, Davidson Middle School, other local k-12 schools, the Directors of the local Catholic Charities CYO after school program, the Director of the Albert J. Borro Community Center, San Rafael City officials, The Canal Alliance and other community partners.

We are deeply grateful to the USDA Forest Service and the Marin Community Foundation for supporting our bird science programs in the Canal Community of San Rafael, CA.