The Native Biodiversity Corps (NBC) brings together high school students from throughout San Diego for immersion in nature-based, social learning experiences in their neighborhoods that are designed to enhance inquiry and critical-thinking skills. Alongside San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance mentors, Corps members discover and observe native wildlife, learn about opportunities for STEM careers, and cultivate an appreciation of nature and how human activities impact the health and composition of local ecosystems.

Through the program, Corps members are taught about California-native plants and wildlife via topics including plant identification, interactions and relationships between native plants and animals, and ongoing local conservation efforts. To apply what they’ve learned in their own communities, Corps members are tasked with designing and implementing native wildlife gardens on their home campuses. Since 2022, NBC has engaged nearly 200 high school students and implemented 14 gardens.

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