Soquel High School


The GSE program at Soquel High School began in fall of 2015. A small group of passionate students began by partnering with their multicultural club to renovate their barren second quad with fruit trees and native plantings. Following the success of their project, the students began work on their first official garden in November 2016, as well as a student-led food-waste composting program for the entire school. Since then, the garden program has continued to evolve as new long-term partnerships have formed with the school's environmental studies and FFA programs that will help maintain, improve, and expand from our initial projects.

Eco-Action Club

Fridays at lunch,
Mr. Bentley's Room

Garden Workdays

Thursdays after school,
Soquel Garden

Santa Cruz Fellowship

Every other Thursday
Downtown Santa
Cruz Library

First meeting September 20th!

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Get Involved

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View Your School Trip

Work alongside students in Latin America on projects in their communities, practice your Spanish, experience the culture and natural beauty of their country and reflect on your growth as a leader.

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Apply To Be A Fellow

Develop projects with your peers that address pressing social and environmental issues, while building leadership skills (and an impressive resume!) in a fun and safe environment.



Meet Your Educator, Tessa Janicke


Tessa is from the suburbs of Buffalo, NY. She grew up visiting the Adirondacks Mountains, where her love of nature began. She graduated from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY where she received a B.S. in Environmental Studies with a focus in communication and culture, and a minor in Environmental Writing and Outdoor Recreation Management. She has four summers of experience working as an environmental educator with the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation with middle- and high school-aged students. She worked two seasons as an instructor at The Outdoor School in Marble Falls, Texas. This past summer she started leading teen adventure trips with Bold Earth Adventure Camp. 

Tessa first became involved with Global Student Embassy in 2012 when she traveled to Bahia de Caràquez, Ecuador to work on reforestation and sustainable agriculture projects. She returned to Ecuador with GSE the next two years as a university campus rep and intern. In 2016, Tessa moved to Bahia to work remotely as GSE’s Campus Rep Coordinator in which she worked with university campus reps across the US to recruit and prepare university trips for travel. In Spring 2018, Tessa worked as a GSE Exchange Coordinator in Nicaragua where she lead both high school and college students working on community agriculture projects and intercultural exchange. Tessa loves traveling, exploring new cultures, and being an environmental steward. Hiking, kayaking, and camping are her favorite outdoor activities. Tessa is passionate about creating culturally-conscious environmental leaders around the world, as well as encouraging a least-waste lifestyle. She speaks English and Spanish.