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Resources for Community Education

     Hastings has supported K-12 teaching since 1999. Our primary focus is providing teachers with the background about the biology of Monterey County and central, coastal California. Teachers can then take this information, or resources provided by Hastings, to their classrooms and work with their students in the many open spaces and parks of California set up to handle large groups. Hastings has primarily been a research facility and the impact of K-12 teaching on research facilities can be significant. Thus, Hastings has zoned part of the reserve most recently acquired for teaching.
    Hastings is seeking funds for a large housing and classroom facility, strictly to be used for teaching, that will accomodate classes on this area zoned for teaching. To protect our research resources, we will only accomdate K-12 students on Hastings in the most controlled teaching environments with clear and demanding curricula in hand and adequate student supervision.
     Currently Hastings offers the following resources for K-12 educators:

        - Information on this website, including
                - Bats of Monterey County- photos, keys, natural history
                - Oak Woodlands- natural history and oaks, conservation and biology
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Landowner's Guide to Managing Native Grasslands
                - Amazing Monarch Butterflies of Monterey County
                - .....for more.....look at the section (left) on Natural History.
        - Box of Mammals; Scientific preparations: dried skins, skull, bones and workbook with grade 5-8 exercises
        - Box of Birds; Scientific preparations: dried skins, skulls, bones and workbook with grade 5-8 excercises

         Camel Middle School Habitat Program Hastings has been working with Craig Hohenbeger and Ellen Fondiler for the past few years. This combination garden, natural amphitheater, wildlife area and restored grassland offers a wide variety to ways to link students with the natural world around them as they learn. Students from the Habitat program visit Hastings several times and year and we work with the Habitat to provide online access to nature.

       - Exploring California Biodiversity NSF-funded Program Partnering UC Graduate Students, Teachers, K-12 Students. This is a major program that involves about 50 K-12 students with Hastings, along with 4-6 graduate students and the teachers from Bay Area Schools. Check out their link and read more about this great program that links underserved kids with the UC Museums and field stations. If we are approved by NSF, Hastings will formally enter into an agreement with Carmel Unified School District as a partner with the Explore California Biodiversity program. This will mean a UC Berkeley graduate student in life sciences will be available to the CMS teachers and we will work out a program of sharing Hastings' biological knowledge with the students in CUSD.

       - Jamesburg Family Cooperative. Lily Kotler, with support from the Community Foundation of Monterey County, offered participation in art for parents and children of local families to work together in an environment of creative arts. The class used a part of the School House, the residence of former residents Janis Dickinson and Walt Koenig. The Jamesburg Family Co-op sponsored an art class that met at Hastings Reservation every Monday from 2 pm. until 7 pm.  The class offered an opportunity for community members to explore a variety of media such as ceramics, weaving, paper art, etc. All ages were welcome.  Lily Kotler, an Occupational Therapist, facilitated this program. In 2008,this program was ended, after a run of nearly 10 years. If funding were found for a similar class, we would welcome the presence of local support for arts in the Hastings setting.