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Environmental Action Program for Teens

October 1–December 10 (no program November 19 & 26)
Saturdays, 9 am–3 pm

Peralta Hacienda Historical Park
2465 34th Avenue, Oakland

Water Keepers is a unique environmental education & skills development opportunity for Oakland teens. It is a free, outdoor, Environmental Action program for youth who are ready to save the world with science, environmentalism & history. The program is for youth ages 13-19 and takes place at Peralta Hacienda Historical Park & Peralta Creek. The program is free to join and stipends may be available via partner organizations. 

If you know any young people who are interested in environmental science, need to explore outside and explore nature, or are budding activists – please share this information with them. Water Keepers is an in-person program.


Saturdays ... we roll up our sleeves to think and work like citizen scientists, focusing on water, bees, and trees:

  • Test water quality for chemicals that could harm the community
  • Investigate microscopic animal life to monitor the Creek's health
  • Cultivate the Park's various gardens: butterfly garden, botanicas, vegetables, basketry materials for Ohlone, lead bio-remediation project
  • Harvest acorns and create a tree nursery; plant native trees in the n,eighborhood
  • Do regular nature journaling to develop observational skills, curiosity, and metaphoric thinking.

In the course we will have have socially, ethically and scientifically informed conversations to explore humans' complicated and vital relationship with water.

  • Learn about water crises in California and Globally
  • Discover why and how indigenous peoples are leading a defense of water and land
  • Examine how the environmental impact of ranching, mining, and mono-agriculture has affected California's history
  • Find out how Oakland gets its water supply. EBMUD will give us a behind-the-scenes tour and share  internship and career opportunities.
  • Become an Earth Defender!

Youth who complete the Water Keepers program go to the front of the line when we hire youth counselors for our summer camp.

If students are interested they can email and we will help them register.

This will be a terrific opportunity for students to get outside safely, have fun, learn scientific methods, and do good!


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