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Big Sur Charter School


The Big Sur Charter School is devoted to guiding students to become intellectually curious, emotionally intelligent, environmental stewards. Big Sur Charter School is a learning community where every member is actively engaged in pursuing personal excellence and mastery of educational goals.  Home educators and teachers work cooperatively toward creating a diverse learning environment fostering mutual respect, social responsibility and resilience where students are empowered to become lifelong learners. We believe: Parents are Partners in Learning The Community is our Classroom Nature is our Teacher We are all Artists

The Big Idea

Big Sur Charter School is a learning community where every member is actively engaged in pursuing personal excellence and mastery of educational goals. Their coastal stewardship program provides opportunities for students to learn in and about nature, inspiring them to become involved citizens who help protect the environment. By connecting students to the beauty of the ocean and local ecosystem, students gain the appreciation necessary to be successful stewards of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Through outdoor lessons, the students learn about the flora and fauna of Monterey County, systems that drive natural phenomena and the interconnectedness of it all.

I can not say enough wonderful things about the coastal stewardship program! My top three: The teachers are knowledgeable, passionate and proactive in nurturing the naturalist in children. They have the wonderful ability to nurture an education of conservation, community and enjoyment of all our local natural resources. My children are developing a responsibility for taking care of our earth, oceans, land and air. They carry this responsibility with them everywhere, showing an awareness in their choices about single-use plastics, picking up trash wherever we go and sharing what they’ve learned with their peers, community and family. What my second-grader has to say: ‘I like when we get to go to different places to learn about the area, go on hikes and be quiet in nature to observe animals. I like teachers Hallie and Wyatt because they are cool, kind and they like us!’

- Malia and Joy Aldrich

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.