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Explore Ecology

Organization Mission

Explore Ecology empowers the next generation in classrooms, on fieldtrips, and in school gardens throughout Santa Barbara County. Explore Ecology Environmental Educators educate over 38,000 children a year, inspiring them to engage with the natural world, think critically, and experience the value of environmental stewardship. Programs include the Watershed Resource Center at Arroyo Burro Beach, Environmental Education, Art From Scrap, and School Gardens.

Social Change Project:

Did you know that your actions directly affect ocean health? More than 80% of plastic marine debris comes from the land and countless animals die as a result of litter in the ocean. Last year, Explore Ecology organized 129 beach cleanups where participants picked up more than 14,170 pieces of trash. You can become part of the solution to ocean pollution by attending an Explore Ecology monthly Beach Cleanup, signing up for a field trip to the Watershed Resource Center, or participating in Coastal Cleanup Day. Your donation today will help Explore Ecology expand its educational reach and organize more cleanups for our community. Join us to protect ocean wildlife, preserve our beautiful beaches, and stop plastic marine debris in its tracks.

"It's mostly plastic. Every month, volunteers find styrofoam, wrappers, cups, bags, dog poop and lots of cigarette butts. Small actions on land can improve the health of our watersheds." - Jenny Davis, Explore Ecology Education Coordinator

- Jenny Davis