San Francisco Department of the Environment

Environmental Education Program

SF Environment provides free year-round environmental education programs and curriculum to all K-12 public and independent schools in San Francisco.

Founded in 2007, our School Education team’s mission is to provide equitable environmental education and access to nature for all youth throughout San Francisco. The program connects youth to themselves, the world around them, and empowers them to take climate action to create the future they want to see.

Students learning on an urban farm


From Educational Media to Eco-literacy Professional Development Workshops, our distance learning program supports educators with seasons of educational offerings throughout the school year. We offer live virtual presentations, digital learning boxes to use in your classroom, and virtual field trips. We also provide ongoing support to teachers seeking to create project-based, solutionary environmental curriculum. Contact us for presentation set-up or curriculum development support.

Live Virtual Presentations

Digital Teaching Boxes

Virtual Field Trips

Seasonal Spotlight

SF Environment’s mascot Phoebe the Phoenix’s teamed up with Recology’s Binny to create an SF Loves Learning TV episode, “Every Seed Has a Journey”


We amplify youth voices and support them in achieving climate justice through training, project support, and toolkits. Contact us for new Eco-Ambassador and Eco-club starter toolkits.

  • Get started with our Take Climate Action Facts.
  • Parents and School Community


    Connect to Nature throughout our City each day while you are learning remotely. During the global health emergency, when you do venture outside, please remember to follow the public health orders and guidelines issued by state and local officials.

    Education Programs offered by our Community Partners


    Zero Waste Support at School: Recology explains why being “Better at the Bin” is Better for Our Future! Join one of Recology’s live virtual presentations to learn the benefits of recycling and composting, see firsthand what happens to materials you put into each of your three bins, and understand how you can personally fight climate change every day.


    • Each year our team awards the school community for providing innovative solutions that support San Francisco’s climate protection goals. These goals include eliminating waste, promoting healthy communities and ecosystems, and amplifying community action.
    • The call for nominations closed at 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday February 21, 2020. Nominations for the 2021 School Awards will open in January 2021.
    • Read more about our 2020 School Awardees.

    Contact Us

    To register for presentations or any support email The Environmental Ed Team

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