Academy for Environmental Stewardship
The Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation’s Environmental Stewardship Program is an innovative and cooperative program between north county schools and the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation (AHLF). Its mission is to awaken in our children the need to appreciate and care for the natural environment. The program provides hands-on classes that stress responsible interaction with our natural surroundings and creates awareness of the environmental impact of day-to-day human activities. Students break into small groups and rotate through stations taught by educators who engage students with interactive activities that bring the lessons to life. AHLF offers three field trips within the program that are aligned with Common Core, History/Social Science, and Life Science State Standards.
2019-2020 Field Trip Fees and Schedule
Cost is $16 per student. Teachers and parents are free. All fees are to be paid two weeks prior to your field trip.
View our cancellation policy.
Meet the Teachers
Bonnie Di Bacco
Bonnie is a Southern California native that grew up with parent’s that were both educators and has always believed education is critical for success. She first experienced the Agua Hedionda program while attending as a chaperone for one of her three children’s field trips. She has degrees from both Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and San Diego State University. She’s spent her entire career working in adverting as an Art Director and Graphic Designer in New York and California and currently works as a freelance Art Director. Teaching at the lagoon has been a big change and it’s been such an amazing experience. Her favorite part is seeing a child’s face light up when they learn something new. The outdoor learning environment keeps it interesting and fun for both the kids and her! She loves that they are learning about the history of our area in a fun and unique way and she truly believes that the knowledge they take away will motivate them to protect and preserve our local environment.
Jake moved to San Diego from the midwest in 2013 to open a local business with his family. He is an eagle scout and a student at Mira Costa. Jake has worked with the scouting organization his entire life and loves being outdoors educating young minds. By getting involved at Agua Hedionda Lagoon, he has enjoyed learning more information about the local history and wildlife native to north county San Diego.
Wendy moved to California to be closer to her family in May 2016 and recently joined the AHLF Team. She graduated from Lesley College with a M.Ed. and from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in English Literature. She also earned a SIT TESOL certificate at the Rennert New York TESOL Center. Wendy has worked in business and education environments, including eighteen years of part-time and full-time teaching, and has always enjoyed outdoor activities including hiking, swimming, and skiing. She is a Local Coordinator for CCI Greenheart's exchange student program, writes her community's monthly newsletter, and volunteers at The Moonlight Amphitheatre in her new home town of Vista, California.
Lauren grew up in Lancaster California. She earned her BA in liberal studies at Cal State San Marcos while playing on the women's collegiate soccer team. She has always had a passion for working with children. She has volunteered in school classrooms, ran youth sport camps, has been a cabin leader for science camps, and tutors children. She coaches at a local competitive soccer club in Carlsbad and has two youth teams. She also coaches girls soccer at Sage Creek High School. In addition, she currently works at a preschool in Vista. Lauren loves teaching at the Discovery Center and enjoys being part of the student's learning experience at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
Juliane Soto is a proud mom to three kids; one in elementary, middle, and high school all in Carlsbad Unified School District. Many hours are spent volunteering at their schools as well as supporting their extracurricular activities. She earned a BA in Human Services and currently works for Community Interface Services, a local non-profit on Carlsbad supporting adults with disabilities. She has worked as a teacher at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation for more than four years and supports the quality of life the lagoon adds to her Carlsbad Community. She has also spent many years with the Women's Resource Center of Oceanside as a volunteer and board member.
What I Learned
Field Trip Cancellation Policy
Cost is $16 per student. Teachers and parent volunteers are free. All fees are to be paid one week prior to your field trip. If your payment is late, a $50 late fee will be applied.
If you need to cancel your program for any reason, please email firstname.lastname@example.org so that we have it in writing. We will respond via email that we received your cancellation. If you do not receive a response to your email, please call (760) 804-1969 and speak with Samantha or Lisa.
If cancellations occur at least two weeks before the program, no fees apply. If cancellations occur within two weeks before the date of the program, 50% of the entire trip scheduled will be charged. This applies to student absences (if the student count is less on the field trip day but Agua Hedionda was not notified at least two weeks prior, no refund can be issued).
Our program runs rain or shine; no need for cancellation due to inclement weather.