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Antonia Smith

It is a beautiful Friday morning in May when Ten Strands team members Karen Cowe, Ariel Whitson, Mike Howe, and I arrive at Dixie Elementary School in San Rafael, California. After gathering in front of the school’s jungle gym playground, we head to the front office, where we are instructed to sign-in and choose one […]

Ariel Whitson

We are excited to share our 2017 Annual Report. Learn more about the California Environmental Literacy Initiative—a multi-faceted movement focused on advancing efforts across the education landscape with the ultimate goal of achieving environmental literacy for all of California’s K–12 students. Through this work Ten Strands has embraced our role as a field catalyst and become the […]

Kim Moon

It’s a dark November night as I drive through the western Sierras toward Quincy, CA (elevation 3,423 ft.). The narrow road twists through pine and rock as the elevation rises, edged by water spanned by erector-set bridges and intermittent power stations. Because it is so dark, because there are no streetlights, and because the stars […]

Alison Cagle

There are countless ways to create positive, lasting experiences that nurture an empathetic relationship with the environment. Getting students outdoors is just one way; some common examples are investigating solutions to combat campus pollution or harmful air quality, growing school plants to observe their unfolding natural processes, or inviting a fun, interactive presentation conducted by […]

Will Parish

On November 29, Will Parish, Founder and President of Ten Strands, was a keynote speaker at the Green California Schools and Community College Summit and Exposition. Prior to his speech, Will was interviewed by Carl Smith, President of Green Technology, organizer of the Summit. The following is an excerpt from that interview. What made you […]

Alison Cagle

When we speak of environmental literacy for all, that “all” encompasses the vast diversity that makes up California’s 6.2 million K–12 public school population. Just as biodiversity creates more resilient ecosystems in the natural world, California’s diversity is one of its greatest strengths, and the Environmental Literacy Steering Committee engages many partners in the fields […]

Kim Moon

Bioneers 2017: Revolution

Posted by Kim Moon on October 31, 2017

Western societies will, in the end, be subservient to the land and what it can provide and teach. . .we will never know ourselves until we know where we are on this land.  ~Paul Hawken I was travelling, was halfway across the country when the Tubbs fire started in Northern California. The most destructive wildfire in […]

Alison Cagle

When Mustafa Ali, the decades-long advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency who elevated social justice and industry accountability into the government’s environmental protection agenda, was asked why oversight is needed to ensure the protection and health of lands inhabited by communities of color, Ali did not mince words. “That’s what happens when you are disconnected […]