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What is JHEEP?

JHEEP Junior High Environmental Education Program

JHEEP is the Fullerton Arboretum's pilot environmental education program designed for 7th grade students. The 2013-14 JHEEP program has been made possible by a generous grant from the Mysun Foundation. The goal of JHEEP is to help students and teachers meet state standards through the exploration of ecological principles in an outdoor setting, while increasing students awareness of conservation issues and sustainable practices. As well, this program introduces 7th grade students to 'university' life, though a visit to the Arboretum, located on the CSUF campus, and through interaction with CSUF students acting as JHEEP educators.

The program consists of TWO field trips. That is, the students in this program visit the Arboretum twice during their 7th academic year; once in the fall season and once in the spring season. These two visits help the students understand, through exploratory education, seasonal environmental change.


Topics and ideas covered by the JHEEP program include: how plants adapt to environmental change, what factors cause extinction of certain species, changes in an ecosystem and their causes, natural resources and how humans interact with natural resources, and how humans and nature intersect through the food chain.

Currently, the JHEEP program is in its pilot year, which has involved the close collaboration of Brea Junior High School. The entire 7th grade population of Brea Junior High School is in the process of experiencing JHEEP. In future school years, we hope to open the JHEEP program up to other schools in the area.

Grade Seven Science Content Standards
Met By Fullerton Arboretums JHEEP Program

  • 2a. Students know the differences between the life cycles and reproduction methods of sexual and asexual organisms.
  • Evolution

  • 3a. Students know both genetic variation and environmental factors are causes of evolution and diversity of organisms.
  • 3e. Students know that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient for its survival.

  • Structure and Function in Living Systems

  • 5f. Students know the structures and processes by which flowering plants generate pollen, ovules, seeds, and fruits.
  • Jheep Program
    Additional interpretive materials are provided to teachers and students when they visit our garden. These are designed to further educate people about environmental relationships and how plants adapt based on the changes in their environment.