TEEM participants walk across Rodeo Beach at sunset. Photo by Daniel Sharpe.
Golden Gate

Teen Environmental Education Mentorship

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Teen Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM) is an environmental education leadership program for high school students in the San Francisco Bay Area. Students develop their leadership abilities, discover their ability to positively impact others and learn the importance of community, inclusivity and hands-on learning, all while exploring the beautiful landscape of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Due to the unfortunate impacts of COVID-19, the TEEM program is suspended. 

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What You'll Do

  • Teach children fun lessons and hands-on activities to help connect them with nature.
  • Receive training in environmental science, leadership and teaching.
  • Care for marine animals in our Marine Lab.
  • Receive mentorship from an environmental science educator.
  • Participate in overnight camping trips, hikes and learn about environmental careers.
  • Get connected to free or scholarshipped adventures, jobs, scholarships and internships.


  • No prior experience is necessary, only an interest in environmental education. 
  • Get paid to spend time outdoors, learning about the ecology of the Marin Headlands. 
  • Transportation provided from Marin City and Park Presidio and Geary in San Francisco
  • And of course, a $500 stipend is awarded to each participant. Half in December and half in May. 
  • Participants who remain in high school are welcome to return as members of Senior TEEM, where they will take on additional leadership roles and receive an extra $100 per additional year. 
  • Meals are included during programming.
TEEM students at their mid-year retreat at Slide Ranch
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In order to apply, candidates must:

  • Be in high school for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Able to attend TEEM summer training, which includes an overnight camping trip, and a retreat in October. Dates will be available next year. 
  • Be able to meet every Tuesday or Thursday after school until 7:30 p.m. during the school year (you are allowed three excused absences and the opportunity to “switch” Tuesday/Thursday days when necessary).
  • Be able to arrive to one of the following pick up locations: Park Presidio and Geary in San Francisco by 3:50 p.m., Marin City by 4:10 p.m., the Marin Headlands by 4:30 p.m.
  • Able to attend one weekend event per month, September 2019–May 2020.
TEEM students around the campfire