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)


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.


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.