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Environmental Education FAQ

Is my school sponsored by a Water or Waste Management Organization?

You will usually receive an invitation letter if your school is sponsored, and we are more than happy to check our records to see if your school is eligible for a sponsored assembly. Please fill out the school assembly request form and we will get back to you.

Do you use Next Generation Science Standards in your environmental education programs?

Yes! We are committed to incorporating sound Environmental Science in all of our environmental learning programs and utilize NGSS for both our assemblies and curriculum. Our supproting curriculum lists the standards that are used for each lesson.

Do you have classroom activities?

Yes, each school that schedules us receives a link to our Teacher Resouces page that includes our activities and curriclulm.

Where are you based?

Our offices based in the San Francisco Bay Area, and we do most of our school shows locally, however we do travel for festivals, theaters and blocks of school shows.

Where do you travel to?

We will go anywhere on the planet that says they need environmental education! That said, we are committed to recuding our carbon footprint and no longer use air travel. We have travelled coast to coast by train several times in the last few years. 

What is your schedule?

Please see our Performance Schedule

What are your fees?

Please contact us to request our current rate sheet.

Are your programs for all ages?

Our school assembly programs are age-appropriate for grades K-8.

Our family theater, festival, and variety entertainment shows are for all ages, kids and adults.

How many students can attend each school assembly?

Each school assembly can accommodate up to 350 students.

Why do you have a student limit for school assemblies?

In our 20 plus years of experience, we’ve found that a maximum of 350 students makes for the best educational assembly experience, so that everyone attending can see, hear, and participate in our program.

How long do the school assemblies last?

Each school assembly runs approximately 45 minutes. We can also shorten to 35 or 40 minutes, if needed, to fit within your schedule. For multiple assemblies, we include a 10 to 15 minute break in between to reset up our props.

Why do you ask for evaluations for your sponsored assemblies?

Your feedback is so important to us! We share your valuable feedback with our sponsors, and use it to gauge the effectiveness of our program, take suggestions, and make improvements.

See our Tips for an Awesome Assembly Experience page for more information about School Assemblies.

My school did not get an Evaluation Link, how do I get one?

Thank you for giving us your feedback! Sometimes our emails get blocked by a school district’s security features. Please send us an email ( so we can reply with your unique evaluation link.

What size performance space do you need for school assemblies?

Ideally a 15′ x 15′ area, with 20′ height clearance, but we will work with the space you have available. If you have a stage, we would love to use it, along with all available stage lighting.

You can look at the EarthCapades Photos to see us in action with our audiences.

Are you insured?

Yes! Each of our vaudeville performers holds a valid liability insurance policy, and we would be happy to provide a copy of our insurance, and if needed, list your organization as additionally insured.

Do your hire interns?

Yes! Administrative, Education, Marketing, Social Media, and Performance Internships are available. If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, and are interested in an unpaid internship with us, we’d like to hear from you!

Please email ( us your resume and tell us why you would be a good fit for our organization.

What are your fees?

Fees are different for different venues, and we offer discounted rates for certain organizations. Contact us for our current ratesheet.

Do you have a Facebook page?

Yes! Please join us on Facebook here:

Have more questions?

How can I get EarthCapades to come to my school?

We would love to come to your school! Please fill out the school assembly request form and we will get back to you.

Tips for an Awesome Assembly Experience

Our 30 plus years of experience in presenting environmental education programs for kids has taught us a few things! Please take the time to read through this page to insure the best possible assembly experience.

  • CONFIRMATION: Once you have scheduled a date for your school, you will receive a confirmation email from EarthCapades.  Your reply to that email will fully confirm your date and time. Please make sure that it is listed on your school’s master calendar and inform teachers when their classes will be attending.

  • PRE and POST-SHOW ACTIVITIES: Please share our Curriculum and Teacher Resources Page with your teachers.

  • REMINDER: You will receive an email reminder approximately 1 week before the assembly date. One of our performers will also call the school office a few days before the assembly.

  • EVALUATION: If your assembly was sponsored by an agency, you will be emailed a quick and easy survey to be completed by your teachers. We appreciate and rely on your schools feedback to continually improve and your participation helps to keep these programs free for your schools!

  • STAGE: The stage should be completely clear 1 hour before the performance start time, so the performers can immediately begin setting up. Please inform any faculty members utilizing the performance space that it will be unavailable for 1 hour before the performance until approximately 1/2 hour after the performance. Performances must be presented indoors.

  • NUMBER OF STUDENTS: Each assembly is limited to 350 students. We’ve found that this is the optimal maximum number for the best possible learning experience.

  • SOUND, LIGHTING & POWER OUTLET: We will bring our own sound system.  Please have your stage lighting and a power outlet available. A well-lit stage truly adds to the quality of the audience’s experience.

  • START TIME: Our performers have prepared material for the full amount of assembly time, and we want your students to benefit from every minute of it! Please have students seated and ready a few minutes BEFORE the assembly start time. For example, if your assembly starts at 9:00 AM, please have students seated by 8:55 AM.

  • AUDIENCE SEATING/GRADES ATTENDING: Because of the high action and juggling in our program, please allow 10 feet between the stage and the first row of students. We prefer a center aisle. Schools often seat the youngest students closest to the stage, with the older students in the back. If you have a mixed grade assembly, try seating the older grades on one side of the center aisle and the younger grades on the other side of the aisle. The K students are new at being audience members, and this way they can watch and learn. Please tell the older students that the younger students are looking to them as an example. Additionally, seating the older students near the front helps them to stay engaged. Also, if any of the scheduled grades will be unable to attend, please inform us prior to the assembly.

  • INTRODUCTION: The principal or a school representative must be available to introduce each performance. We provide a written introduction for them to read. Please have the principal or school representative check in with the performer(s) at least 5 minutes before show time.  The introduction will also remind the students of appropriate audience behavior. Audience behavior is also a part of Department of Education Curriculum Standards nationwide.

  • TEACHERS’ ATTENDANCE & ATTENTION: Teachers must be present with their students during the performance. This sounds obvious but we have been left with a room filled with hundreds of students and no teachers! Please set a positive example for the students by paying attention and avoiding chatting with other teachers or using phones. We know teachers are extremely busy and are juggling many things (like our performers 😉 ).  We have specifically designed the shows to engage both the students and teachers so everyone can enjoy and learn. We also appreciate it when teachers take the initiative to help audience members to settle down.​​

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