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Kern Environmental Education Program (KEEP)

Kern County Supt of Schools, KEEP - 1300 17th Street
Bakersfield, CA

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The Kern Environmental Education Program ("KEEP")  is a week-long, residential outdoor science school run by Kern County Superintendent of Schools.  KEEP's two campuses are located on california's beautiful Central Coast, just south of Big Sur.   KEEP Ocean (located within spectacular Montana de Oro State Park) and KEEP Cambria (nestled in a charming Monterey Pine forest) can host a combined total of 230 4th-8th grade students a week.

KEEP uses experiential, field-based activities to bring science to life for the students.  KEEP uses the natural environment as a living laboratory to teach ecological science.  During their week students may visit tidepools, spend a day at the beach, hike through forests, discover creeks, climb mountains, observe an elephant seal rookery, and explore the Morro Bay Estuary. 

In the evenings, students participate in group science games, night hikes, astronomy, and drama activities to build on the day's lessons.  Every evening ends around a campfire while singing songs and listening to stories.

In addition to science studies, students develop personal responsibility and gain respect for others as a result of a shared living experience with fellow students.  They return home with an increased awareness of themselves, and a stronger understanding of the natural world and their place in it.