Donor Spotlight: Four Generations of Gaels 1916-2016

Joe O’Connor ’56 remembers his days at Saint Mary’s fondly.

May 14 Leadership Donor Reception and Choral Concert

ddOur leadership donors enjoyed an incredible concert featuring the nationally acclaimed Chamber Singers and Glee Club. They heard the program our choral singers are taking on the road to Vienna and Budapest this summer. It was remarkable to hear their amazing repertoire in the beautiful campus Chapel.

2016 Student Philanthropy Reception

Saint Mary’s College recently hosted its’ first-ever Student Philanthropy prReception with the President, and it was a resounding success!

Lilie Hau '18: Student Spotlight


Commencement Reception with Mahershala Ali

It was wonderful to spend the evening engaging with 2016 ma Commencement speaker and actor, Mahershala Ali and his wife, Amatus.

1Day1SMC – March 16, 2016

The Gael community comes together for one day to benefit Saint Mary’s students

We did it!  Our 1Day1SMC giving day on March 16th brought the Gael community together in record-setting ways to benefit the students of Saint Mary’s College.  We raised $169,142 in 24 hours from more than 1,524 people, including 434 first-time donors! Current students made 229 gifts, including 146 from the 2016 graduating senior class.  On March 16th, the three largest giving areas were:

Saint Mary’s Appoints Lisa M. Moore Vice President for Advancement

Lisa M. Moore '96, Vice President for Advancement Saint Mary's College of California announces the appointment of Lisa M. Moore ’96 as Vice President for Advancement.

New Endowment Fund Established at Saint Mary’s to Help Needy Students

Saint Mary’s has received a $500,000 grant from the Fletcher Jones Foundation to establish a new scholarship fund. The new Fletcher Jones Foundation Endowed Scholarship Fund will help qualified under-resourced undergraduates at Saint Mary’s pay for their education.

Environmental Resources

Use these resources in conjunction with our River of Words Watershed Explorer Educator’s Guide and our online art and poetry resources.

Environmental education

River of Words Art Judge John Muir Laws's website provides exceptional resources for environmental education. In particular, his nature journaling curriculum, Opening the World through Journaling (created in collaboration with the CA Native Plant Society) is top-notch and fun for all ages! And, it's free!

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s environmental education site

North American Association for Environmental Education

National Math Trail
Integrating math into outdoor education. Includes a good section on evaluation.

National Geographic Lesson Plans
For grades K-12.

State Education and Environment Roundtable
The environment as an integrating context for education.

Center for Ecoliteracy
School gardens, creek restoration, collaboration ideas, and more.

All Species Project
Based in Kansas City; provides interdisciplinary environmental education and community building action projects for cities, neighborhoods, and villages.

Orion Society
Quality publications and nature-based curricula.

Orion for Educators


Surf Your Watershed
U.S. students can type a ZIP ccode to find their watershed. A service of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Give Water a Hand
Programs for student-led community projects, from the University of Wisconsin’s Environmental Resources Center.

NOOA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Everything you need to know about estuaries! Huge selection of free, downloadable lesson plans for middle and high school teachers, tied to national standards.

Science museums

San Francisco’s hands-on science and art museum.

Lawrence Hall of Science
Online experiments, activities, and projects for kids. Museum is part of the University of California at Berkeley.

Plants and animals

View the world through a bee's eye!

A World Community of Old Trees
Kids and adults around the world draw, paint, and photograph their favorite trees. Click on the name of a school to view a project.

U.S. students can type in a Zip code and see field guides, maps, and other information about their location.

Other resources

How kites could be the future of clean, renewable energy
A TED talk by Saul Griffith, founder of Makani Energy.

Visionary and practical ideas for restoring the Earth.

Europe and Mexico

Rivieres d’Images et Fleuves de Mots
River of Words in Europe

Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE)
Danish-based organization that offers environmental education resources for all European countries.

Centro Ecológico Los Cuartos
Based in Mexico; provides Spanish-language environmental-education resources.

Whether you’re just getting started or looking to expand your environmental/arts-teaching program, these online resources will inspire and inform you.
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Tips for Educators

  • Read our Watershed Explorer curriculum and Educator’s Guide. It contains lots of background material on watershed science and how to teach poetry to children. You’ll also find a bibliography and resource guide, as well as classroom and field activities designed to help children explore their communities and their imaginations.
  • Visit our Regional Coordinators page to see where your state or region has a River of Words Coordinator. If so, contact him or her for ideas and information.
  • If you are school-based, encourage your fellow teachers to be involved in River of Words. Collaborations between science, language arts, social studies, and art teachers have produced wonderful poems and paintings and led to community-service projects like creek clean-ups and school gardens.
  • Review the River of Words Contest Rules for information about how to enter, artwork size, poem length, etc.
  • Check out our resources for educators.
  • Need additional resources? Call local water or park districts, museums, conservation, and arts organizations. They’re often generous about sharing their naturalists, poets, artists, videos, and maps, etc.
  • Build community partnerships by involving parents, service groups, local businesses, the media, and other community resources in your River of Words projects. Such partnerships are not essential, but giving students’ work and concerns a wider audience can engage them more fully in the process.
  • Get outdoors—even if it’s only the schoolyard! Join your students in field activities that encourage observation, data recording, sketching, and listening. Repeated visits to the same site allow students to observe changes. Many teachers incorporate a “service learning” component in their ROW projects, like water quality monitoring, tree planting, gardening, or creek clean-up.
If you’re an educator who’s new to River of Words, welcome! Here are some tips for getting the most out of your association with us.
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