Children are growing up in a world full of concrete and electronics. As the world continues to develop, access to and time spent in nature are becoming threatened. Children have told us they have never been off the pavement to explore or play! A lack of connection to wild spaces, threatens the future of these natural spaces.
When children connect with the outdoors and open space—immersed in nature, they are more apt to care about the outdoors and love being there. Forming a connection with nature often leaves children feeling healthier, happier and connected to something larger than themselves. These connections often lead to dedication to protecting this scarce resource. Splash is passionate about protecting the natural world through ensuring that each new generation understands its impact on nature, and nature’s benefits to humanity.
Who We Are
We are a small and passionate group of nature-lovers, scientists, and educators working toward ensuring every child has access to forming a connection with the natural world. We train teachers how to teach Science in a fun and engaging way. We teach both teachers and students about our natural habitat using our water pollution prevention-focused curricula. Knowledge taught in the classroom is applied through a culminating field trip to the Splash Science Center in Mather. Splash is passionate about being the region’s resource for environmental outreach and education, and is dedicated to creating the next generation of nature stewards. We are ensuring that every child understands the impact they make on the environment, through the choices made at home and in their community.
Splash in the class presentations delivered
Investigating vernal pool field trips delivered
Students connected to nature
Who Loves Us
These resources and directions, etc., are FANTASTIC! Thank you ever so much for this. Talk about thinking outside the box!!! You and the other SPLASH folks have outdone yourselves. Thank you, thank you.
Beth Conklin, 4th Grade Teacher, Golden Empire Elem., SCUSD
Thank you for giving our class such a lovely experience! It was truly enjoyable to see all the cute critters in ‘Critterville.’ SPLASH is an amazing program! It is not only great for preserving nature and animals such as vernal pools, but is fun and educational as well. I want to recognize SPLASH for all the hard work put into creating our projects, presentations, materials, workbooks, etc.
Carissa, 5th Grade Student, Arlene Hein Elem., EGUSD
Not only did my class learn a lot, but I did as well. This generation is our future and it is important for them to see different parts of our ecosystem and how it is important to the area. One girl was sad to hear that only 5-10% of the Vernal pools still exist. She wants to grow up and make sure they are taken care of.
Sheila Lauk, 5th Grade Teacher, Empire Oaks Elem., FCUSD
Our presenter was amazing, and the kids were totally engaged! I was so impressed at how many of the NGSS standards for CA were addressed in the presentation. It creates a connection to the standards that you won’t want to miss! I want to do it again next year! Thank you SOOO much!
Mary Ann Brennan, 5th Grade Teacher, Buckeye Union Distance Learning School, BUESD
Thank you for the extraordinary presentation in teaching me and my classmates all about your job, how to help the environment, and a bunch of different creatures and how they survive in their stream habitat.
Destiny, 5th Grade Student, Helen Carr Castello Elem., EGUSD
My fifth grade students loved the Nicolaus Dairy Farm field trip! They were engaged at each of the hands-on learning stations and were excited to bring back the projects that they made.
Christine Goodwin, 5th Grade Teacher, Stonelake Elementary, EGUSD
The Nicolaus Dairy Farm field trip is a hidden gem of Elk Grove. My students loved all of the hands-on learning stations and projects they got to take home. The knowledgeable staff kept students engaged!
Tara Anderson, Teacher, Helen Carr Costello Elementary, EGUSD
All activities were fun and informative!
Girl Scout Troop Chaperone
Splash cannot do what we do without the generosity of donors and volunteers like you. If you would like to join us in our effort to connect youth to nature, join us!