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About HOST

The Need for HOST

The NRS HOST (Hands On for School Teachers) Program, a pilot program that ran in the years 2000 and 2001, improved ecological education for hundreds of students from underprivileged high schools by training teachers in the field at NRS reserves.

Classrooms without Walls

All students deserve an equal chance to succeed. Yet thousands of K-12 (kindergarten through 12 grade) students in California are not being given the full range of educational opportunities, especially outdoor experiences. Charged with developing a plan to broaden horizons for these K-12 students, the University of California is outreaching to high schools throughout the state that have low performance and limited availability of college preparatory courses. Press Release

About the NRS

Formed in 1965, the University of California Natural Reserve System preserves open lands which reflect California's natural diversity and manages these sites specifically for teaching, research, and outreach. Unmatched in size, scope, and ecological diversity, the NRS's thirty-four sites represent the largest university-operated system of natural reserves in the world

Encompassing more than 130,000 acres, NRS reserves stretch from Pacific marine canyons to Eastern Sierra slopes, and from the headwaters of the American River to the weathered mountains in the East Mojave Desert. Sites also include the largest of the Channel Islands, the most expansive protected tract of old-growth Douglas-fir forest, a native California prairie, and some of the last protected remnants of coastal wetlands. Some sites are remote and nearly pristine; a few border on UC campuses, like outdoor extensions of the lecture hall; still others continue a fragile existence along advancing urban fringes.

About EAOP

EAOP helps California's educationally disadvantaged students turn dreams into reality.

Here, hardworking students who are determined to go to college get the help they need to prepare for admission to the University of California and other top colleges and universities.

The University of California Early Academic Outreach Program works with students, their families, educators and communities throughout the state. Offices are located at each UC campus and in Fresno.


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