MY LIFE, MY LAND, MY SEA
My Life, My Land, My Sea is a new environmental leadership program in partnership with the United States Forest Service and California State University, Chico. My Life engages a diverse population of university students using the watershed approach to conservation education through a combination of hands on, science based fieldwork and classroom instruction on the history, science, policy, advocacy, and solutions to plastic pollution. The primary goal of the program is to build a more integrated, diverse community of next generation leaders equipped with the tools to drive local, sustainable solutions to plastic pollution. Another goal of the program is to illustrate the irrefutable connection between the health of our oceans, lands, and human life. My Life provides engaging programs and perspectives that help to coalesce these core concepts into a comprehensible format that inspires positive changes through education, activism, public service and leadership development.
EVERY KID IN THE PARK
President Obama's Every Kid in a Park Initiative was developed to introduce 4th graders across the nation to public lands in an effort to build the next generation of outdoor stewards. Kids who participate in the program receive park passes, which provide free access to all federal lands and waters during the school year. 5 Gyres is working with the United States Forest Service to educate 1000 4th graders in Los Angeles and 1000 4th graders in Hawaii on the plastic pollution issue and how it affects our public lands by the end of September 2016 as part of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative.
BAHAMAS YOUTH SUMMIT (2015)
5 Gyres, The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, Jack Johnson and All at Once partnered together to bring 75 local Bahamian, American, and international students to the Cape Eleuthera Institute for a 3-Day Youth Action Island Summit in the Summer of 2015. Students participated in lectures, workshops and a larger scale beach cleanup, all focused on generating solutions to plastic pollution for island nations.
GyreSailors was launched in 2015 as a pilot project to build a stronger relationship with the sailing community. The project focused on developing an environmental program for sailing students with the Treasure Island Sailing Center, integrating the programming into the Center's existing Sailing Summer Camp Programs. 5 Gyres lead students in citizen science and educational efforts during two Summer Camp Programs, reaching over 50 students directly and close to 600 people (parents, staff and the local community) indirectly. Carrying out our citizen science protocols to analyze microplastics on a nearby sandy beach with the students, all under 10-years old, was our biggest success. The students were very engaged and learned simple solutions, and were asked to analyze their bathrooms for microbeads.