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Petaluma High School

Teachers: Linda Judah
Subjects: Biology & Community Health
Grade Level: 10th
Collaborators: Point Blue (STRAW)

Essential Question: How does human activity affect ecological communities?

Project Summary

For this project we will be building on work done in previous years & including additional actions. Students will begin in the current fall semester with an analysis of our Place using the Community Mapping principals from The Goodall Institute’s Roots & Shoots program. From there will well also consider our Petaluma River watershed. We will be considering Steamer Landing and the kind of habitat stewardship that has gone on so far, and they type of additional stewardship that may be necessary. We will also be looking at one yard on our campus with an eye to creating an outdoor classroom.

Download the Curriculum


The mapping principles provided by Jane Gooddall's Roots and Shoots program.

Instructions for collecting invertebrate data during quadrat surveying.

Lab instructions for comparing Petaluma River water samples to samples from the on-campus pond.

Instructions for exploring data collected on species found on the McNear Peninsula of Steamer Landing Park in previous years.

Instructions for creating a climate smart restoration plan.

Student Work From 2016 through 2018

By Honors Biology Petaluma High School 2016

Human Impact on San Pablo Bay
By Petaluma High School, Spring 2018

Photos of Student Restoration Efforts