Humboldt Bay High School earns state recognition for exemplary program

EUREKA— The California Department of Education recently recognized Humboldt Bay High School’s innovative Eco-Prep Program as one of 10 Exemplary Programs in the state.

EUREKA— The California Department of Education recently recognized Humboldt Bay High School’s innovative Eco-Prep Program as one of 10 Exemplary Programs in the state. For the past five years, Eco-Prep has provided an opportunity for high school students to engage in hands-on science learning and career exploration that includes stream restoration, native plant study, salmon propagation and field trips to local forest and beach locations.

Principal Georgeanne Fulstone-Pucillo believes Eco-Prep is one of the reasons the school makes important connections with its students. “Eco-Prep connects classroom effort with work in the real world,” remarked Fulstone-Pucillo. “The Exemplary Program Award recognizes that community partners provide relevant and meaningful challenges that engage students and promote critical thinking.”

The program was developed in collaboration with a variety of partners that include the U. S. Forest Service, the California Conservation Corps, Humboldt State University, local logging practitioners, environmental groups, the Freshwater Native Plant Nursery, the Mad River Fish Hatchery and the California State Park System.

In addition to community service projects and scientific investigation, students gain first-hand information about a variety of careers, put a human face on environmental issues and practice responsible stewardship of resources. All students participate in team-building ropes course activities early in the program and develop science lessons focused on environmental concerns and issues for elementary-school “buddies” during the year. Students also volunteer at community events such as the Cesar Chavez Work Day and the Redwood Environmental Education Fair at College of the Redwoods.

Materials, transportation and training are provided by local businesses at no cost to Humboldt Bay High School.

For more information contact Georgeanne Fulstone-Pucillo at 441-2549. Humboldt Bay High School is located in the Marshall Annex of Eureka High School at 2100 J Street.