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Environmental Literacy


The Environmental Literacy Program at St. John the Baptist Catholic School is rooted in faith and and spirituality. We are dedicated to educating our students about the changing needs of our world, raising their consciousness, and instilling in them a sense of responsibility to be good stewards of the environment and all of God’s creations in the natural world. Pope Francis says education must “promote a new way of thinking about human beings, life, society, and our relationship with nature.” To that end, we believe reaching beyond the classroom walls is essential to the educational process and for our students to develop the spiritual mindset necessary to shape our world in a positive way.


All students in 4th through 8th grade are active participants in the Environmental Literacy Program and take part in standards-based Science and Social Studies off-campus learning excursions. These opportunities also serve to build a strong sense of community amongst our students, as well as with parent chaperones and school staff, who are also in attendance. The Environmental Literacy Program includes the following:


4th Grade: Coloma Outdoor Discovery School


5th Grade: Coloma Eco-Science Exploration


6th Grade: Walker Creek Science Camp


7th Grade: Marin Headlands

8th Grade: Yosemite National Park