CEL and California State Parks Foundation partnership brings Queen of Saints School students to Mount Diablo

On Thursday Oct 11th, the Queen of All Saints, a TK through 8th grade school CEL Director Luz Casquejo Johnston leads the second meeting of "Exploring the Watershed Explorer" STEAM development workshop with Bay Area teacherswith a diverse Catholic community in Concord, took 53 third and fourth grade students to Mount Diablo State Park.  This was made possible by a grant from the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) in collaboration with Saint Mary’s Center for Environmental Literacy.

Mary Witting and Carlos Santana, KSOE alumni of the multiple subject teacher education program, participated in the “Exploring the Watershed Explorer” teacher training in July. They are two of six teachers at five local schools that received funding from CSPF and CEL for transportation to Mt. Diablo State Park.  In preparation for the trip, Witting and Santana used River of Words’ Curriculum, the Watershed Explorer, with children in their classroom. Activities introduced students to the concept of watersheds, how to write sensory poems as well as visual arts lessons.

After the field trip, students will use their experiences to inspire their writing and create new poems and artwork that will be entered into River or Words environmental art and poetry contest.

Queen of All Saint School third and fourth grade students create poetry and art inspired by the natural world