Youth Exploring Sea Level Rise Science (YESS)

photo of the YESS program

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 local adaptation planning. The program provides students with the opportunity to explore why sea level rise is happening, what and who will be impacted, and 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
  • Canoes in sloughs field trip with Marine Science Institute to monitor and understand the local impacts of sea level rise
  • Sea level rise exploration field trip to the Cooley Landing Education Center with Grassroots Ecology in East Palo Alto
  • Student project support from YESS staff to help students develop projects on sea level rise
  • Teacher’s Guide (Correlated with Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core)


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

Field trips for Fall 2019 are currently filled.  Please check back in November for Spring 2020 field trip dates.


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