El Sobrante school gets 80-acre land donation

El Sobrante school gets 80-acre land donation
An image of the land donated to East Bay Waldorf School in El Sobrante. (Photo credit: East Bay Waldorf School)

A generous land donation of about 80 acres of open space to East Bay Waldorf School in El Sobrante has expanded the school’s property from 11 to 91 acres, increasing opportunities for hands-on environmental education, according to a statement by the independent PreK-8th grade school.

The land surrounds the school at 3800 Clark Road on three sides, backing onto Wildcat Canyon and featuring vernal ponds, creeks, and wildlife habitat. The school’s statement did not identify who donated the land, but said the property has been used for grazing for many years.

In the past, the school said it partnered with community organizations to keep the land intact and undeveloped. Moving forward, school officials say they will “take time to determine the best use of the land and restore the parcel to a thriving habitat for wildlife and people alike.”

The gifted land will be used to “deepen and broaden” outdoor and nature curricula for students, which is part of the school’s mission to integrate academics, the arts, practical activities and time in nature, according to the school.

“Specifically, East Bay Waldorf anchors students to nature and the land through seasonal festivals, hiking, gardening, nature studies, botany, zoology, crafts, woodworking, camping, and more,” the school statement said. “The school is excited to enhance these programs and provide hands-on environmental education.”

East Bay Waldorf School was established in Emeryville in 1980 before moving to its current location in 1996.