Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science (YESS)

photo of the YESS program

The County of San Mateo’s YESS program provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about the local impacts of climate change through a mixture of classroom presentations, interactive activities, and field trips. The YESS program is FREE OF COST to schools and teachers and covers all transportation costs. Through the YESS program, students will gain a stronger understanding of climate change and sea level rise, explore what and who will be impacted, and learn how we can make our communities more resilient while getting outside and in the field. 

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

  • In classroom facilitation of the Game of Floods
  • Field trip to Stulsaft Park with Marine Science Institute for hands on experience with water quality testing in Redwood Creek
  • Canoes in sloughs field trip with Marine Science Institute to monitor and understand the local impacts of sea level rise on wetland habitats
  • Sea level rise exploration and habitat restoration field trip to the Cooley Landing Education Center with Grassroots Ecology in East Palo Alto
  • Support interested students in the development of climate change or sea level rise themes projects
  • Teacher’s Guide to teaching climate change and sea level rise in the classroom with lesson plans and activities (Correlated with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core)

Field trips to Cooley Landing Education Center for Winter 2020 are available now! Field trip dates begin Friday January 17, 2020 and run every Friday until February 21, 2020. 

All teachers interested in the program and field trips are encouraged to fill out this form or send an email directly to

The YESS program gives priority to Title 1 schools for field trip reservations and encourages teachers to get in touch and fill out the form above as soon as possible as we have a limited amount of field trips available each semester.

Join us! Here’s how:

Request a  Game of Floods classroom presentation and activity. Contact  Zoe van Duivenbode at

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 Zoe van Duivenbode at or call (650) 363-4730