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Watsonville Wetlands Watch

Watsonville Wetland Watch

Organization Mission

To preserve, restore, and foster the appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley and to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders.

The Big Idea:
Emerging Environmental Leaders in Watsonville

We envision the Watsonville wetlands as a thriving ecosystem and a community that is at the center of its conservation. We will strive to reach at least 2,500 students in 2018 through innovative education programs in the Watsonville wetlands that work to ensure that Watsonville youth grow into the next generation of environmental leaders, equipped to take on the complex environmental challenges our community and planet face.

We provide outdoor programs during and after school that instill an interest in nature while supporting academic achievement. Each year 12 high school students graduate from our Wetland Stewards Program, a year-long mentorship-based program where they are the after-school teachers for over 400 middle and elementary school students. Twelve students also graduate from the Green Careers Summer Institute, a vocational program in emerging and traditional environmental careers. Our citizen science programs allow youth to conduct meaningful water quality and bird population surveys in the sloughs. And our Wonders of Wetlands program provides a year-round experience for 4th and 5th grade students to help restore wetlands on public open space.

Becoming a Wetland Steward has really benefited me from going down other roads. This program has brought a motivation into me that has made me want to keep going further and further.

Edsgar O., Watsonville, age 17