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The Aim High Environmental Homes (AHEH) program is a capstone experience for Aim High’s 9th grade graduating class. Students undertake restoration projects including trail maintenance, invasive plant removal, and monitoring and propagation of native species. Students also hike in their local watersheds, visit beaches on the ocean or by the bay, camp overnight, learn indigenous craft techniques, and experience periods of “solo” reflection time. During their time with Aim High Environmental Homes, students also practice speaking their truth and listening to others through the tradition of Council. They work in teams and learn about the ecology and history of the region from park specialists and naturalists. Students gain a personal understanding of the concept of stewardship which they apply not only to their local open spaces but also to their schools and home communities.
The AHEH program has made a lasting imprint on the local ecology over the past 15 years. Currently, Aim High maintains community partnerships which help establish Environmental Homes close to the campuses in each region. In the North Bay, Aim High works with Slide Ranch and the Park Stewardship group of the Parks Conservancy, centering around the Redwood Creek Watershed and Muir Beach. In the Tennessee Valley Watershed of the Marin Headlands, Aim High has a field campus connected to the Tennessee Valley native plant nursery. In the East Bay, students work with Save the Bay at MLK Regional Shoreline and also East Bay Regional Parks in the Redwood Creek Watershed. On the Peninsula, Aim High again works with Save the Bay at the Palo Alto Baylands Preserve and also in Huddart County Park.
During the winter months, small groups of students from select SFUSD middle schools continue to practice stewardship and environmental studies in the Tennessee Valley watershed. In 2012, the school-year AHEH Graduate Leadership Program began, providing year-round opportunities for Aim High graduates to explore, enjoy, and serve as stewards of their local parks and open spaces.