Environmental Enrichment Program (EEP)

What is the Environmental Enrichment Program (EEP)?

The EEP was created by a small group of CCE parents who wanted to expand outdoor education and enrichment beyond gardens. There are five pillars of the EEP which include the following:

  1. The CCE Gardens

  2. Rainwater capturing system

  3. Outdoor Classroom

  4. The Native Habitat

  5. Environmental Education Initiative (EEI) Curriculum

Ways to Connect with EEP:

EEP Website: https://www.chavezeep.com/

EEP YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCioPhlUEoj1L1ZlhI9QWkJw?view_as=subscriber

EEP Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CCEGardenPgme/\

Our Vision

The vision of the EEP is to build the foundations for an environmentally literate student body that will be better prepared to engage the environmental, social and economic challenges of the future. In its simplest form the aim of the EEP is to provide opportunities for students to be exposed to nature throughout their school day with a focus on experiential learning. To realize this vision the EEP subscribes to six overlying objectives:

  1. Further develop the EEP model by engaging the wider CCE community.

  2. Engage students in hands-on learning through our outdoor classroom green spaces and field visits to natural habitats surrounding our region including our partners, UC Natural Reserve Systems (Stebbins Canyon and Quail Ridge), with an emphasis on environmental protection and sustainability.

  3. Foster the connection for students and the community that we are on ancestral lands. Honor and draw on the knowledge of the local native tribes, who inhabited these lands for thousands of years.

  4. Honor the legacy of Cesar Chavez by promoting the interconnection of social justice, food justice and environmental justice.

  5. Establish outdoor teaching and recreational spaces that incorporate principles of sustainable outdoor urban design. Our campus green spaces will serve as learning labs for growing seasonal foods and providing examples of local natural habitats, thereby fostering healthy local ecosystems and biodiversity.

  6. Be a leader by example to the Davis community in the promotion of sustainable environmental, agricultural and cultural best land management practices.

Get Involved!

This program would not happen without the dedicated efforts of many parent volunteers. We encourage you to volunteer in any way you can—from serving as a class garden parent, to weeding at a weekend work party, to helping sell plants at the plant sale, to donating plants and building supplies. No contribution is too small!

For more information, please email the EEP: cesarchavezeep@gmail.com

In Community,

Amber Husten & Julia Seebach

EEP Co-Chairs