Living with the Land

An image of a marsh with purple flowers and bushes along the banks.
Crissy Marsh, Ramaytush Ohlone ancestral homeland.

An Environmental Study through Ohlone Worldview

New Virtual Program!

Grade 6

The area called Crissy Field has changed greatly over time, reflecting the differing values of the people who have managed the land. Today, the restored wetland offers a rich habitat and an abundance of learning opportunities.

Soap root plant showing roots, bulb and leaves.
Soap Root

Linda Yamane

How does culture influence our relationship with the environment?

Living with the Land allows students to explore human relationship with the natural world from the perspective of Ohlone Indigenous knowledge and contrasting western science approaches. By observing the wetland’s past and present, students learn about what wetlands provide and how humans impact this habitat.

The in-person program is structured in three sections:
  • pre-site classroom activities facilitated virtually by NPS staff and the teacher
  • a field visit to Crissy Marsh facilitated by NPS staff
  • a post-visit lesson facilitated by the teacher
The photograph shows colored, square, digitally-posted notes from students describing their observations about Indigenous Knowledge.
Students brainstorm about the characteristics of Indigenous Knowledge based on their own observations.

Click here for the Living with the Land virtual program outline.

Click here for the Living with the Land hybrid program outline (coming 2021-2022 school year).

To apply, please submit an application here.

For inquiries, please e-mail us.

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Gregg Castro acknowledges Crissy Marsh as part of the Ohlone ancestral homeland, Yelamu.


Last updated: April 28, 2021

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