The X-Stream Science Team

Key Information

This is a high school program - 8th graders may be accepted with teacher recommendation.

Regular meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5:30pm (October-May). Flexible scheduling is available.

The minimum commitment is to attend at least one weekly meeting for one year.

The 2019 program starts on October 8th.

For more information or to sign up, please contact the Garden's Education Programs Coordinator, Michelle Cyr or call (805) 682-4726 ext 161.

The X-Stream Science Team

The X-Stream Science Team is a teen volunteer program centered around Mission Creek Watershed and focused on providing hands-on experiences in natural history and field biology in ways rarely available in high school. Teens are able to see, experience, and study California’s native plants and animals while learning about the vital role watersheds play in our environment.

During the school year, teens will learn about native plant and watershed ecology while exploring multiple facets of environmental science, including:

Field Biology & Community Science

Teens explore Mission Canyon in order to study, collect, and process plant species to create a comprehensive Flora of the area. Outside of the field season, students participate in monitoring and collection projects focused on studying Mission Creek.

Environmental Education

Team members build crucial communication skills by engaging with elementary students in offsite outreach events as well as by designing and facilitating a puzzle-based experience for Garden guests.


X-Stream Team engages in restoration opportunities such as invasive plant removal, and creek and beach clean ups throughout the school year as they are available.

Skills Emphasized:

  • Foundation in watershed ecology
  • Environmental interpretation and public communication
  • Field research methods
  • Native species identification
  • Background knowledge in biology and natural history
  • Ability to work in a team or individually
  • Critical thinking