Santa Cruz High School

Santa Cruz High School - Ecuador Summer 2018

Bajia, Ecuador

June 9 – 21, 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.y1508755583ssabm1508755583etned1508755583utsla1508755583bolg@1508755583kcin1508755583

 Nick Coonrod – Santa Cruz Program Coordinator 

Santa Cruz Program Coordinator

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Global Student Embassy at Santa Cruz High

GSE Santa Cruz high launched in 2014 with a partnership with Environmental Science and Chemistry teacher Stacey Falls. GSE organized an initial cohort of students that spearheaded the design and collaboration with the administration to carry out a 1/5 acre garden on lower Santa Cruz High campus, adjacent to Laurel Street. We broke ground at the garden site with over 70 GSE students from Santa Cruz, Marin, Contra Costa, and Sonoma counties, as well as visiting GSE peer leaders from our partner Nicaraguan and Ecuadorian communities.

Over the past year, we’ve focused on conditioning the plot and developing infrastructure. Funding has been provided by the UCSC Carbon Fund, and work has been dedicated by volunteer students, the construction tech ROP class, and community partners.

In the upcoming school year, GSE students will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 1:40 until 4:00. We invite you to come and join us at the garden and check out our local garden team!

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