2019, 2020, 2021
San Francisco, CA
TREASURE ISLAND SAILING CENTER
WATERSHED EDUCATION FOR UNDER-RESOURCED YOUTH
Treasure Island Sailing Center’s (TISC) Sailing to Save the Sea program serves 300 5th-graders from Title 1 public schools in San Francisco. Almost all of the students in this program have participated in TISC’s Set Sail Learn (SSL) program as 4th graders the previous year.
Lessons include sailing, water safety, and tide and current observation. Students also learn about watersheds and pollution through hands-on activities such as collecting water samples from San Francisco Bay to perform water quality assessments. While in the field, students are encouraged to observe natural wildlife in and around the Bay. The program culminates with students developing a call to action to be presented at school on the last day of the program, helping to share takeaways and inspire their peers to become stewards of the San Francisco Bay watershed.
Most of the students in this program have never been on a boat or touched the ocean, despite proximity to the Bay. TISC provides transportation to enable students to participate in this program, with hopes to cultivate environmental stewardship among the next generation.
- Continue implementation of Sailing to Save the Sea, a 5-day STEM education program, for 160 5th grade students from San Francisco Title 1 public schools.
- Teach students about their local watershed, marine debris, climate change, data analysis, water quality, and sailing.
- Students will create a call to action to be presented at school on the last day of the program, helping to share takeaways and inspire their peers to become stewards of the San Francisco Bay watershed.
- Implement new five-day Sailing to Save the Sea STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) program for 360 5th grade students from San Francisco Title 1 public schools (where more than 75% of students receive free or reduced-price lunches). The program will consist of three days of instruction at the sailing center and two days in the classroom.
- Students will learn about marine debris, data analysis, and water quality in addition to learning how to sail.
- Create a student-led call to action plan to be presented at school on the last day of the program to share takeaways and lessons learned encouraging other students to become stewards of the San Francisco Bay watershed.
About Treasure Island Sailing Center
The Treasure Island Sailing Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to improve our community and the sport of sailing by providing access, facilities, and sailing instruction to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, skill levels, and physical abilities.
The Treasure Island Sailing Center Foundation’s mission is to support the growth of community sailing through seeking funding to provide sailing instruction, equipment, and facilities to people of all socioeconomic backgrounds, physical abilities, and skill levels.