Exploring science and awakening a sense of awe around the natural world
Pepperwood's Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry (SCENIQ) program brings science to life for over 900 area elementary school students each year. Children explore our 3,200 acre preserve during two visits—one in the fall and another in the spring—discovering natural habitats and the amazing creatures that call them home. A Pepperwood educator visits their classroom during the winter to enhance science learning and continue the thread of the program. This page highlights the experiences of students in our SCENIQ program.
Take it from them! Listen to what our young scientists have to say about their experience.
An Inspiring Year of SCENIQ (in photos)
With the school year at an end, we are celebrating another beautiful year of SCENIQ (Students Conducting Environmental Inquiry) with local elementary school children. Our Environmental Educators provided fun-filled immersive nature experiences to thirty classes of local 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students! These students had the opportunity to visit Pepperwood twice this school […]Read story
Creating Connections Beyond the Classroom
To be effective, educators need to foster a learning environment for their students that meets a student’s social and emotional needs while also delivering important instructional content. Pepperwood hosted a seminar to help environmental educators achieve this balance in their teaching.Read story
SCENIQ’s Impact on Students: A Teacher’s Perspective
Pepperwood’s SCENIQ program is a “bridge to nature” for young students in Sonoma County. Connie Petereit tells us about her experience with SCENIQ over the past 9 years.Read story
Thank you for making SCENIQ possible!
We'd like to extend our sincere gratitude to Pepperwood's community for making this program possible through donations. Many thanks to our individual donors and the following foundations who have provided critical support for SCENIQ.
The North Face Explore Foundation
Uplands Family Foundation
Sonoma Wine Country Weekend
Dean Witter Foundation
Because of you, our next generation will be environmentally literate and inspired to steward the natural world.