Harbor High School

Harbor Ecuador Spring Break 2018

Bahia, Ecuador

March 30 – April 8, 2018

I definitely gained more confidence and I’m not as shy anymore. I’ve begun to care less of what people think of me and I feel that I can handle anything that comes my way.

Mary Rose Ohlin

GSE Student

Nick has spent over six years in the environmental education and the interpretive field where he has led classes and workshops, supervised the care of wildlife, developed programs, and provided leadership to area schools and the public. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Studies.  After graduating, he taught at multiple outdoor schools and summer camps across the Southern California. In 2012 he began teaching practical science based recycling, zero waste, and water conservation courses to students in schools all over San Luis Obispo County. In 2015, he designed a green pathways program for 7th and 8th grade students focused on Salinas River Watershed rehabilitation, and getting students excited about environmental careers. In 2016, Nick is proud to bring his energy and enthusiasm to GSE so that he can continue to share his knowledge and love for the natural world. He has two cats, Pabu and Terra. Contact Nick at gro.y1508755494ssabm1508755494etned1508755494utsla1508755494bolg@1508755494kcin1508755494

 Nick Coonrod – Santa Cruz Program Coordinator 

Santa Cruz Program Coordinator

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Global Student Embassy at Harbor High

GSE Harbor High has been leading trips since 2010, an element of the program launched by History teacher, Judith Mayer. In 2013 a group of dedicated community members (Andy Moskowitz), teachers (Judith Mayer and Kenneth Prola), and GSE ambassador Wyeth Wunderlich collaborated and organized around breaking ground on what became the Harbor High Grow Quad on campus.

The Grow Quad is a collaborative, permaculture-guided project in a central location at Harbor High School. We are converting a barren, degraded and compacted 1/7 acre plot on campus into a dynamic, productive food forest, an aesthetic and inviting space, and an outdoor classroom that can be used as both an active and passive learning tool. We will be focusing on meshing the Grow Quad into relevant curriculum this year. We have maintained a blog centered around the Grow Quad at growquad.org for more information on the installation and collaboration of this student-powered project.

GSE will be hosting weekly workdays at the Harbor High Grow Quad on Wednesdays, from 2:40 – 4:30. We invite you to join us in tending to this vibrant project!

The Grow Quad has been supported by GSE staff, community collaborators, and has received grants from the UCSC Carbon Fund ($6000 over 2013-present) and Ocean Guardians ($4000) to support material and programming costs.

The community is a place of the highest importance. I have learned to be more honest and helpful within a group; providing constructive criticism and doing my share. Knowing how to work together is what makes a community.

Jamison Burks

GSE Student