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Vida Verde

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(650) 747-9288
Development Director: Jessica Kahlman


To promote educational equity by providing free, overnight environmental learning experiences for students who don’t otherwise get the opportunity.

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Students explore the natural wonders of the Redwoods and the coast while expanding their understanding of themselves and their capabilities. They face their fears (walking alone in the woods, facing waves of the ocean, or going on a night hike) with the support of their peers and program instructors. A three-day trip that provides mindsets and memories that will impact their futures.
Melany Nan
Oakland Teacher

Electrify Vida Verde With the Power of the Sun

Vida Verde hopes to raise $350,000 to buy and install solar panels for a solar array that would power its entire 23-acre San Gregorio property, including its working farm and new educational barn.

The solar array would enable the property to go entirely solar, running lights, water pumps, heat, and even multiple electric buses that will shuttle the students from site to site.

Going solar “aligns with our teachings around taking care of the environment,” Jessica Kahlman, Vida Verde’s development director, says. “It’s important for us to be models for students and the larger community around sustainability.”

Key Supporters

The David & Lucile Packard
The California Coastal Commission
Midpeninsula Regional Open Space
The Franklin & Catherine
Johnson Foundation
Additionally, individual supporters make up approximately 25% of our funds raised for our entirely free programming.”