San Francisco Environment Department

Environmental Education Program

SF Environment provides free year-round environmental education programs and curriculum to all PK-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.

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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, synchronous virtual presentations, asynchronous 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. Print or make Zero Waste Signs with your students. Contact us for presentation set-up or curriculum development support.

Live Synchronous Virtual Presentations


Food-to-Flowers: Geo-detectives to the Rescue! [K-5]

Students become their own 'geo-detectives' and waste auditors in this program, investigate to solve the mystery of landfill waste in San Francisco with the 4R's and the power of composting with the FBI (fungi, bacteria and invertebrates). Students explore the waste in their own homes and create solutions towards zero waste.

Digital Teaching Boxes

Field Trips

Bring nature to your virtual classroom with one of our synchronous virtual field trips! Enjoy the self-paced virtual tours and accompanied teacher guides or contact us to set up a live, synchronous field trip. We partner with Recology's Environmental Learning Center and Garden for the Environment to offer virtual tours and additional curriculum. To learn about our in person field trips, register here or contact us at [email protected]


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.

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.

Printable Zero Waste Signs

Print and share San Francisco recycling, composting, and landfill signs for your school or home. 

Recycle, Compost, Landfill Signs (PDF)

Make custom signs with our Signmaker Tool.


  • 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.


Contact Us

Register for presentations and field trips year-round

For any additional support email The Environmental Ed Team

Join Our Teacher Newsletter


Students planting on a field trip to garden for the envionment


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