The Life Sciences and Conservation Education Project of 1998
(a) Each elementary school and junior high school or middle school participating in the project shall submit to the superintendent a proposal, which shall include all of the following:
(1) A description of the plant, animal, river, creek, wetlands, or other natural area that the pupils have selected.
(2) A description of strategies that the pupils plan to use to educate other pupils and members of the community about the various benefits of a specific local wildlife species, river, creek, wetland, or other natural area and to identify any impacts to that natural resource. Strategies may include, but need not be limited to, exhibits, public education forums, media events, oral presentations, dance, music, theatre, visual arts, and writing projects.
(3) An action plan designed to monitor and promote the conservation of the selected wildlife species or natural area, while seeking collaborative ways to resolve the identified impacts.
(b) Each participating school shall select a wildlife species or natural area based on the close proximity of the plant, animal, river, creek, wetlands, or other natural area, the feasibility of studying it, and the effectiveness of the course of action that might occur to preserve the species or area.
(c) Pupils shall be encouraged to use appropriate local and state resources, including science faculty and students in postsecondary education institutions and educational materials that are balanced and objective in their coverage of the current scientific and economic research on environmental and conservation issues, to obtain information to assist them in the selection of wildlife species or natural areas and the development of their proposals.
(d) School faculty and any advisers to pupils engaged in a wildlife or natural area conservation project pursuant to the Life Sciences and Conservation Education Project of 1998 shall ensure that pupils gain a full understanding and appreciation of the rights and responsibilities of public and private property owners under the Constitutions of the United States and California. Any projects or strategies undertaken pursuant to the Life Sciences and Conservation Education Project of 1998 shall respect the rights of private landowners and shall strive to build cooperative relationships within the community to protect local wildlife populations or natural areas.
(e) Pupils participating in the Life Sciences and Conservation Education Project of 1998 shall not as part of the project engage in activities for the purposes of influencing legislative or administrative action.
(Amended by Stats. 2001, Ch. 734, Sec. 40.)