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 school teachers and students in San Mateo County:

  • 2-part classroom experience which includes a presentation, facilitation of the Game of Floods, and a sea level rise solutions activity.
  • 3-part experience, in partnership with Marine Science Institute, which includes classroom learning, a field trip to Stulsaft Park with for hands on experience with water quality testing, and a canoeing field trip in Bair Island State Marine Park to monitor and understand the local impacts of sea level rise on wetland habitats.
  • 3-part experience, in partnership with Grassroots Ecology, which includes a field trip to Cooley Landing Education Center to learn about sea level rise and participate in habitat restoration, a classroom facilitation of Game of Floods, and a group project supported by YESS Program staff.
  • Access to our YESS Program Curriculum which includes sea level rise lesson plans and engaging activities (Correlated with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core)

Field trip dates for the 2020-2021 school year will posted in April. Please check back soon! 

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:

Sign up for YESS Email Announcements. Be the first to find out about YESS field trip dates and other opportunities. Sign up here.

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.  Be part of shaping and updating our YESS curriculum. Find more information here.

Our impact since 2015:

      • 1500+ students have participated in the YESS program
      • 600+ native plants planted during habitat restoration field trips at the East Palo Alto Baylands
      • 15 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