Interview with David Castro, Past EYE Program Participant

Hello Environmental Stewards and Service Learners! Today’s post features an interview with David Castro, a former student at La Quinta High School and participant in the CREEC Desert EYE for Leaders Environmental Youth Experience program.  After graduating high school, David went on to further his environmental sciences studies in college, in part inspired by his experiences in the Desert EYE for Leaders program.

This short video (less than 10 minutes) interview provides some insight into the program from the point of view of a past student who participated in it. He shares his experiences from the program and talks a bit about all the different career paths that one can choose in the environmental sciences.

Thank you David, for a great interview and for sharing your experiences with us!


Students and teachers in the CREEC Region 10 RIMS areas (Riverside, Inyo, Mojave and San Bernardino counties) who are interested in participating the the Desert EYE for Leaders Environmental Youth Experience, please contact your Region 10 Coordinator, Jen Futterman or visit the CREEC region 10 web page for more contact info.

Please note the CREEC web site is temporarily down over the summer for redesign, but will be back soon! When it returns, you’ll find the CREEC events calendar to be a great resource for finding educational events both for students and for teachers earning their continuing education credits!



Student Created Video: How to Conduct a Home Water Audit

Students participating in the 2016 Desert EYE for Leaders program were encouraged to do projects related to water and drought. Drought is a big concern and challenge in California’s water management efforts.

This short video was created by the Toro Canyon Middle School Green Team for their 2016 Desert EYE for Leaders project.

One of the goals of the Desert EYE for Leaders program is to encourage students to pursue college courses and careers in environmental sciences, and students who do so may find themselves at the forefront of efforts to address drought and water management issues.

In addition to learning about environmental issues, students are instructed in how to use communications technologies to document their service learning projects as well as to use them as a tool for the awareness raising component of their project.

Student Created Video: Recycling and Waste Stream Reduction

This video was created by the 2012-2013 Desert Hot Springs Green Team for their Desert EYE for Leaders project for that year. The DHS Green Team has been focusing on bringing recycling programs to their campuses (they’ve moved to a newly built school since this video was made) and reducing the waste stream in the process.  For the 2012-13 school year, the students raised awareness among their peers on campus with posters, public speaking, and showing this video. Their efforts resulted in an 80% reduction of the campus waste stream! Way to go DHS Green Team!!


Student Created Water Awareness Video PSA

This short video psa was created by one of the Desert EYE for Leaders (Environmental Youth Experience) student teams.

Southern California is experiencing extreme drought, and many other places across the United States and the world are also in drought. The students were encouraged to address water and drought for their environmental service learning projects this year.