Group of students working in garden as part of Eastside Explorers program

Eastside Explorers


open space authority funds contributed to project


project awarded

The Authority helped to fund Veggielution’s Eastside Explorers, an experiential, hands-on field trip program which engages hundreds of middle school students each year. Field trip activities are centered around collaborative group tasks focused on urban agriculture, nutrition, human impacts, and ecological interconnections. Veggielution's historical location in East San José encourages discovery while pushing students and teachers to develop a sense of teamwork and fostering a strong sense of place.
Award Date:
May 24, 2018
Urban Grant Program
647 S. King Rd San Jose, CA 95116

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