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BIOCITIZEN INC. – Parent organization

ENTITY TYPE

501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

MISSION

Our mission is to get kids off the screen and into the green with Biocitizen forest schools! With an expansive array of year- round nature programs, we are empowering the next generation of Earth Stewards to care and advocate for their local biomes. We provide immersive, place-based learning for youth and adult populations on trails and other exciting outdoor spaces through Field Environmental Philosophy (FEP). While we walk, we practice this method of inquiry- based learning known as FEP where landscapes serve as educational opportunities for students to nurture their emotional wellbeing, expand their creativity and ecological knowledge, and get outside their comfort zones.

SCHOOL LOCATIONS

Los Angeles, CA; Westhampton, MA; New York, NY; Viña del Mar, Chile.

YEAR FOUNDED

Our parent organization, Biocitizen Inc, was founded in 2009 and Biocitizen in Los Angeles was launched in 2017.

BIOCITIZEN IN LOS ANGELES – West Coast Chapter

LAUNCH OF LA CHAPTER OF BIOCITIZEN

2017

LOCATION

Los Angeles, CA

STUDENTS SERVED
in 2021

1,000+

MILES WALKED
in 2021

3,000+

LEADERSHIP

Regional Director, Jesse Carmichael Program Director & Teacher, Benny Jacobs-Schwartz Assistant Director & Teacher, Marysia Borucinska-Begg

STAFF

20~

PROGRAM TYPES

After School Enrichment
Our Place Summer Camp
CLAWS Backpacking
Counselor-in-Training Program
Family Ecology Walks
Holiday Camps
Weekend Day Hikes
Hyper Hikes
Full Moon Walks

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STUDENT AGES

Kids, teens, and adults



Biocitizen LA Aims to Get Students “off the Screen, and Into the Green”, Spectrum News

11 things to do with kids in Los Angeles: festivals, shows and more , LA Times

“Our Place summer school: Biocitizen L.A. presents an array of summer programs based on exploring the Los Angeles biome through visits to Elysian Park, the Los Angeles River, El Pueblo Historical Monument, Griffith Park, Point Dume tide pools and other places. For grades K-8. Echo Park Lake Boat House is the drop-off and pick-up location. Sessions begin June 11 and run through Aug. 31. $370. (323) 426-9024, www.biocitizenla.org

Meet Benny Jacobs-Schwartz of Biocitizen Los Angeles, Voyagela

Upon canal draining in Turners Falls, sea lampreys get help from environmental groups, volunteers, Greenfield Recorder

Helping fish climb the ladder, Greenfield Recorder

Camp blends environmental philosophy and exploration, Daily Hampshire Gazette

Check out our Blog!

CLAWS BLOG: Wind Wolves Preserve – Camping | Hiking | Stewardship

Wind Wolves Preserve Camping | Hiking | Native Plant Stewardship FRIDAY Our second CLAWS trip of the fall kicked off at our...
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Azucena Quinones

Fear, Growth, and Success! A story of overcoming challenges with Biocitizen LA

Lead Teacher Azucena shares her journey reclaiming her narrative through her  field notes recap emails By: Azucena Quinones When I first began...
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Mt. Baldy CLAWS – Reflections from our Program Director

Mt. Baldy – The Highest Peak in Los Angeles  Day 1 – Friday  Everyone arrived on time with their big packs and...
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Listen to our Podcast!

Dedicated to environmental philosophy, featuring lively discussions between people active in the effort to bring biotic health to our communities and commonwealth.

Read quotes from our Community

  • “I highly recommend this camp! The activities are amazing, the group is fairly small and the camp counselors are fantastic. Truly a great experience for my kids who normally hate every camp.”

    Martha Haight
  • “My son now has been to more trials than I have and takes great pride in leading us on hikes he’s done with Biocitizens. He stops us to tell us about the plants and show us the smell of cowboy perfume, or have a taste of lemon berries, or explain why Upitor is an invasive species. It’s so cool! Feels like I’ve gifted him and prepared him for a life of truly appreciating nature.”

    Leslie Ortiz
  • “The teachers provide historic, ecological, and environmental information regarding the area, and I’m always astounded by the information my son has retained.  The camp emphasizes the importance of stewardship as they take the kids on epic adventures to help foster a love for our magnificent trails and parks and wildlife right here in LA.”

    Hilary Pecis
  • “My son hasn’t loved many of the camps we’ve tried, but he loves biocitizen. The combination of being in nature, outdoor play & games, walking and hiking, and being with– and making new friends has been a WIN for him. Especially during the pandemic, this has been a lifesaver. Biocitizen has given our entire family a little normalcy in a very not normal world these days. The staff needs to be mentioned too–smart, friendly, communicative and understanding.”

    Ellen Castruccio
  • “This is a tremendously special group (passionate, educated, fun,), one of those special undertakings where a beautiful vision (sharing practical features of nature in a dynamic learning environment) is actually realized and made true.  This group empowers children, educating them in and about nature!” –

    Marc Moeller
  • “My son went to their summer program for two separate weeks, he really enjoyed it! It was rough but rewarding, and he made some new friends. He especially liked the awesome, energetic, professional teachers, and so did we.”

    Eyal Yurman

Questions?

Please reach out to rcornwell@biocitizen.org for more information about our organization or scheduling an interview.

Join The Waitlist Please list the following so that we can properly place your child quickly if a spot becomes available. Thanks for your interest! - Your name, email and phone number - Child's name and age - Specific friend requests (do you have a friend in the group?)