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Save Our Shores

Organization Mission

Our mission is to foster thriving and sustainable ecosystems in the Monterey Bay and surrounding habitats through equitable environmental action.

The Big Idea 2023:
Reducing Barriers to Coastal Access For Youth

Through our new Junior Sanctuary Program, Save Our Shores aims to reduce barriers to local coastal access, introduce underserved youth in the Monterey Bay to the coastal environment, connect them with shoreline/marine ecosystems, and inspire them to become caretakers of this special place.

For this after-school program, nature is the classroom! Tide-pooling, nature walks, litter removal, and data gathering make the experiences fun and inspiring for youth.

At the end, participants are designated stewards and have opportunities to facilitate public education and outreach, serve as associate site cleanup captains, and be Youth Advisory Board members for future junior stewards! Your donation will support Santa Cruz County youth.

The students enjoyed the practice knowledge and learning about things happening in their own community. After the program my students are more aware of what can actually be recycled and are making smarter choices to reduce their use of plastic.

Kaitlin F. Middle School Teacher at Branciforte Middle School