Public education events are critical for the delivery of our high quality, creative, and integrated research and extension programs that are established and conducted in Marin County.
We continue to experience increased interest and demand for our programs and educational opportunities. This year more than 22,600 people were served in 140 workshops, conferences and tours organized with our community partners. This represents a nearly 40% increase in the number of attendees over 2011 participation.
Our school outreach programs provided nutrition and science education to nearly 13,000 youths and children at farm day events, in school gardens, and childcare facilities. Our embryology program, for example, reached approximately 1,180 students, a 30 % increase over the number participating in 2011. Similarly, our school garden program provided support to 30 gardens approximately 6,000 students up from 25 schools and 5,800 students in 2010.
The events were co-organized with our many community partners including: Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Marin Agriculture Weights and Measures, Marin County Office of Education, Marin County Farm Bureau, Marin Organic, Agricultural Institute of Marin, Marin Community Development Agency, Marin County Fire, MCSTOPPP, County Libraries, Marin Art and Garden Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Marin Resource Conservation District, Tomales Bay Watershed Council, Agricultural Institute of Marin, Sonoma Marin Animal Resource Committee, California Oak Mortality Task Force, Marin County Parks and Open Space, City of San Rafael Falkirk Center, College of Marin IVC campus, Conservation Corps North Bay, Dominican College, Western United Dairymen, North Bay Dairy Women, Golden Gate Farmers Market Association, Marin Carbon Project, and California Industrial Relations Apprenticeship Standards.