Earth Discovery Institute (EDI) Explorers


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Earth Discovery Institute (EDI) Explorers
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The EDI Explorers program brings students and their parents from Southeast San Diego County to the San Diego Bay National Wildlife refuge to explore the coast. Students hike, use binoculars to observe birds, touch and smell native plants, handle animal skull models to understand animal adaptations to habitats and view water samples for microorganisms. Students and their families are invited on a weekend field trip for a kayaking tour of the San Diego Bay, while birdwatching and enjoying time together. Lastly, students embrace the power of stewardship and community building by planting native species, removing invasive species, and creating interpretive signage in support of habitat management.

Contact Information

Fanny Yang
Agency Name
State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Chula Vista, San Diego
San Diego
Southern California
Other Location Info
San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge Sweetwater Marsh Unit

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Existing Facilities, Section 15301
Reasons for Exemption
The project is categorically exempt under Title 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) because it involves regular operation of coastal locations that will be visited with no expansion of use.

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Minor Alterations, Section 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The small-scale stewardship activities that involve planting native plants and removing invasive plants are categorically exempt under Title 14 CCR Section 15304 (Minor Alterations to Land) because they are landscaping activities that do not involve removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees.
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