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ENDORSE

You can become a member of the coalition by endorsing CalSOL as an individual and/or on behalf of your organization (if you have the authority to do so) by clicking the button below. If your organization requires a board resolution to endorse the effort, a template is available by clicking here.

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A Better Future Begins Outdoors

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Richard Louv

American nonfiction author and journalist

“In my book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder, I wrote: ‘An environment-based education movement—at all levels of education—will help students realize that school isn’t supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.’ The California Statewide Outdoor Learning (CalSOL) movement can open this portal, not just for the well being of our children’s health and minds, but for the health of our planet. California has the opportunity to be bold and lead the world.”

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Dr. Luis A. Rankins-Ibarra

Superintendent, Escondido Union School District

"A classroom isn't defined by four walls. And outdoor classrooms are some of our most important learning spaces. These experiences provided by our local outdoor education partners leave a lasting impact on our students, many of whom don't get to connect to nature beyond their urban neighborhoods."

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Rob Machado

Professional surfer and environmental activist

"The Rob Machado Foundation endorses the CalSOL campaign because California's oceans are never going to be clean unless our children get outdoors and experience firsthand why the environment matters."

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Frances Lang

Program Officer, The Ocean Foundation

“I’ve endorsed CalSOL because outdoor education is a formative part of everyone’s childhood. K-12 public schools should receive funding for outdoor education because experiences in nature are essential to cultivating a future generation of educated, inspired citizens who care about the health of our environment.” 

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Greg Koch

Co-Founder, Stone World Bistro & Gardens

“The goals that CalSOL aspires to are ones that I personally believe in. I am well aware that countless studies have shown that meaningful connection to nature in youth increases our connection to all things, creating better ability to interact and learn going forward.”

Jack O'Connell

 

26th California Superintendent of Public Instruction

"As a former California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, throughout my service as a California State Assemblymember and Senator, and my experience as a teacher, education has always been my top priority.  CalSOL's goal for outdoor education would enrich the learning experience for all of California's school children."

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Krystle Miller

STEM Teacher on Special Assignment

"Multiple grade levels of students at the Escondido Union School District are experiencing the benefits of outdoor education as they receive nature-based programming from one year to the next, offered by a local conservation consortium.  These opportunities are instrumental in promoting science and STEM learning in an engaging manner.  Ensuring that all students in any given grade have equitable access to these environmental experiences is essential.  I endorse CalSOL because I want what our students are experiencing to be scaled up so that all K-12 students across California can flourish from outdoor learning."

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SUPPORTERS

  • 50 Hikes with Kids

  • 8 Shields

  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation

  • Aunt Hattie Fund at the San Diego Foundation

  • Akoma Unity Center

  • Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education (AEOE)

  • American River Natural History Association (Effie Yeaw Nature Center)

  • Amigos De Los Rios Emerald Necklace Group

  • Arntz Family Foundation

  • Bay Area Wilderness Training

  • Blue Sky Funders Forum

  • California Camp Realty

  • California Mountain Bike Coalition

  • California Outdoor Recreation Partnership

  • Camp Ocean Pines

  • CleanEarth4Kids

  • Coastal Roots Farm

  • Community Nature Connection

  • Creek Lands Conservation

  • Earth Discovery Institute

  • ECOLIFE Conservation

  • Empathy in Nature Project

  • Escondido Creek Conservancy

  • Escondido Union School District

  • Explore Ecology (Watershed Center)

  • Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools

  • Friends of Daley Ranch

  • Friends of the LA River

  • Gabrieleno/Tongva San Gabriel Band of Mission Indians

  • Harold J. Miossi Charitable Trust

  • Homeschooling in Nature

  • Inclusion Outdoors

  • Inclusive Outdoors Project

  • Latino Outdoors

  • Leap Lab

  • Long Beach Green Schools Campaign

  • Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

  • Los Angeles Waterkeeper

  • Marine Science Institute

  • Mother Lode River Center

  • Nature for All

  • Oakland Goes Outdoors

  • Ocean Connectors

  • Ocean Discovery Institute

  • Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center

  • One Cool Earth

  • Outdoor Outreach

  • Outward Bound Adventures

  • Pacific Wildlife Care

  • Pacoima Beautiful

  • Project Lifelong

  • Rancho Guejito Corporation

  • Rhizos Viticulture LLC

  • River Otter Ecology Project

  • Rob Machado Foundation

  • Sacramento Splash

  • San Diego Audubon Society

  • San Diego Children and Nature

  • San Diego Children's Discovery Museum

  • San Diego Coastkeeper

  • San Diego County Bicycle Coalition

  • San Diego Mountain Biking Association

  • San Diego Natural History Museum

  • San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy

  • Santa Barbara Fly Fishers

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

  • SEI (Strategic Energy Innovations)

  • Sierra Nevada Journey

  • Soil Born Farms

  • Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

  • South Yuba River Citizens League

  • Southern California POS Systems

  • Stone World Bistro & Gardens

  • Surfrider Foundation

  • Sustainable Environment Institute, LACCD

  • The Freshwater Trust

  • The Ocean Foundation

  • The River Project

  • Together We Will, San Jose

  • Tree San Diego

  • Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College

  • V59 Wines

  • Waste For Life

  • WILDCOAST

  • Wildflowers Nature School

  • Woodland Star Educational Foundation

  • YES Nature to Neighborhoods

  • Youth Outside

  • Youth Transportation Organization (Yoots)

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Sustainable Environment Institute

Los Angeles Community College District

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