LandSmart® for Kids

NRCD kids plantingLandSmart for Kids brings together students, teachers, community volunteers, land managers, and natural resource professionals to complete on-the-ground restoration. In-class and field experiences meet the needs of the teacher’s curriculum, and the California Department of Education State Standards.


Everyone benefits from LandSmart for KIDS! 

The program:

  • Enhances knowledge of the local environment
  • Demonstrates how natural resources can be managed to benefit agriculture and the environment
  • Builds leadership and communication skills


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Program Overview

  • For students between 4th and 12th grade
  • Includes 1–2 in-class visits and up to 5 field days per school year
  • Field days focus on ecological study, and/or a restoration or stewardship project and take place on a farm  vineyard, or natural area
  • The stewardship work is paired with a local ecology lesson
  • Program length and content are flexible

Hands-on Projects

  • Increase the quality and diversity of stream habitat
  • Improve water quality through ecological restoration
  • Provide local school students with a hands-on, integrated learning experience
  • Foster a connection between students and the environment
  • Expose students to possible future environmental/agricultural occupations
  • Show students that productive lands can exist as part of a thriving environment
  • Typical field activities: planting native vegetation, removing invasive plant species, installing drip irrigation, building bird boxes, building erosion control structures, maintaining and monitoring installed restoration practices, stenciling storm drains, and removing litter
  • Ecological study: surveying macro invertebrates, viewing rotary screw trap, or setting up scientific experiments

Content Areas

  • Watershed form and function
  • Plant ecology and identification
  • Ecological diversity
  • Ecological restoration
  • Riparian habitat and aquatic ecology
  • Protecting and improving water quality
  • Water cycle and water quality
  • Scientific method
  • Human impacts on the environment

How can I get started?

Contact your local RCD.