Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science (YESS)

The County of San Mateo’s YESS program is a no cost education program that educates students about sea level rise and empowers youth to have a voice in adaptation planning.

The YESS program offers the following opportunities to high schools in San Mateo County:

  • In classroom facilitation of the Game of Floods
  • Sea level rise exploration field trip to the Cooley Landing Education Center in East Palo Alto
  • Final project support
  • Teacher’s Guide (Correlated with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core)

Call for Projects 2018-2019:

The YESS (Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science) program has opened a Call for Projects for students who have participated with YESS in the 2018-2019 school year. We are looking to award and recognize projects that build awareness and action around sea level rise in their community. Three projects will be awarded prizes, recognized by the County of San Mateo and featured on the YESS website.

Projects must be submitted at with all questions answered by April 15, 2019 at 5 PM.

Check out the Call for Projects flyer here.

Join us. Here’s how:

Request a Game of Floods classroom presentation and activity. Contact  Jackie Nunez at

Request a   field trip to the Cooley Landing Education Center. Field trips are filled on a first come first served basis.

Use the YESS curriculum in your classroom.    Download the YESS Teacher’s Guide (NGSS and Common Core aligned for grades 9-12)

Join our Teacher’s Advisory Committee. Find more information here.


Sign up for YESS Email Announcements

Stay in touch and learn about opportunities with the YESS program. Sign up here.

Our impact since 2015:

  • 800+ students have participated in the YESS program
  • 600+ native plants planted during habitat restoration field trips at the East Palo Alto Baylands
  • 12 San Mateo County high schools engaged in service-based learning
  • Student have participated in the Living Shoreline Art Project
  • Community partnerships with non-profits including Grassroots Ecology and the Marine Science Institute


Contact Jackie Nunez at or call (650) 363-4736.