The Environmental Science Workshop is a unique program for students to engage in hands-on science concepts, while gaining an appreciation for how surplus materials can be kept out of the landfill and re-used in creative and exciting ways. The Environmental Science Workshop program reaches over 600 students each week. The Workshop creates environments where young people explore science by tinkering and becoming authors of their own educational experiences. Materials and tools are provided and the program is free.
The Watsonville Workshop was first established in 1997 as part of the California Community Science Workshop expansion made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation. Watsonville's Workshop continues to thrive thanks to numerous generous sponsors and the City of Watsonville Public Works Department. Now, the Workshop includes many afterschool and community locations, and a brand new on - the - go mobile program.
Science Workshop Philosophy
The philosophy of the Science Workshop is that students should be able to walk in and use anything they want, but not to waste anything at all. The majority of the materials that are found in the Science Workshop are reclaimed, re-used or recycled. The Science Workshop provides a completely free alternative educational experience. Any student in the whole city can choose to walk in and direct their own learning. The tools, materials, supervision, vertical mentors, and a safe space combine to let each and every student chart their own paths of discovery and learning. At the Science Workshop lessons are learned by hands on exploration and construction. Students of all ages are constantly encouraged to try something new.
Teacher Inquiries/Field Trips
Teachers - If you are interested in group field trips or visits to the Watsonville Environmental Science Workshop, contact Darren Gertler, Environmental Science Workshop Coordinator at (831) 768-3256.