IF has started cooperating with Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) by helping to finance stipends for three mentors who, after training, will be teaching over 100 grammar school students in 2017.
WWW has been working to protect freshwater wetlands through ecological restoration and education for over 20 years in Watsonville, CA. http://www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org/aboutus.htm
Watch this wonderful introductory video to see what Watsonville Wetlands Watch is all about!
Watsonville Wetlands Watch Wetlands Stewards program hires 12 Pajaro Valley High School students as interns to teach a hands-on after school program for elementary and middle schools in Watsonville. These interns learn about the plants, animals, and ecology of the wetlands along with methods to teach this material to younger students.
The Wetland Steward interns lead elementary and middle school students in activities such as kayaking, water quality testing, bird watching, and art for over 200 students each year. These activities create connection between students, their community, and nature in a positive and healthy environment.
The high school role models inspire younger students to care about the environment and encourage them to make a difference in their community.
Over the course of this program, the high-school students earn a stipend while learning leadership and professional development skills. They build confidence and gain valuable career experiences. These memorable experiences develop community and help to prepare them to be future leaders and change makers in the world.
Here is a recent article about one of the Wetland Steward interns in the Santa Cruz Sentinel.
Photos by Emily Howard, Director of Educational Programs of the Wetlands Stewards Program at WWW.