Watsonville Wetlands Watch Selected by Good Times Community Fund!
PVHS freshmen collect aquatic invertebrates
This November the Good Times in collaboration with the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County is featuring Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) in their Community Fund issue.
We are being recognized for our programs that make a significant impact on local youth. The goal is to raise awareness and support for our important programs during the holiday giving season.
WWW (along with the Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County's Mariposa Arts program, Youth Resources Bank for Summer Youth Employment program, and Life Lab's "Food What?" program) is honored to be one of the Good Times' Community Fund recipients. The Good Times will publish an article about our youth programs in the Thanksgiving edition, and will publish ads encouraging readers to donate each week from Thanksgiving until early January. Donations to WWW will be eligible for matching funds from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation. To qualify for the match, donations must be received from Nov. 23 to Jan. 13 inclusive, and all donations must go through the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. Please watch for an email later in November that describes how to give...and please help us take advantage of the matching funds by generously supporting our programs!
Field Trips, Field Trips, Field Trips!
Students collect seeds from native plants
Watsonville Wetlands Watch has been busy with field trips this fall! By the end of October, we had already completed 24 field trips with 630 elementary and high school students. We have worked with Mintie White, Amesti, Valencia and Ann Soldo elementary schools as well as Pajaro Valley High School.
All of the elementary students attended the Intro to the Wetlands field trips to learn about the birds, plants, water, and wildlife of the Watsonville Slough System.
Ann Soldo and Mintie White fourth graders visited Watsonville Slough behind Ramsay Park to collect aquatic invertebrates to test the health of the wetlands
All Pajaro Valley High School freshmen from the Integrated Science classes visited the wetlands near their school to collect, identify, and count aquatic invertebrates in order to learn about biodiversity and what it indicates about water quality.
These field trips help foster an appreciation for the Watsonville wetlands by giving students an engaging, hands-on experience in a natural wetlands setting. We could not have done this without the support of our dedicated docents and our Wetland Stewards interns. Thank you!
One Quarter Down — Article by Wetland Steward Samantha Patina
Our new Wetland Stewards high school interns have completed the first quarter of the school year. While the Stewards have learned a lot about the wetlands that they have been sharing with younger students during field trips, they have learned other lessons as well. According to Wetland Steward Samantha Patino, “throughout this quarter I feel like I grew as a person. I have more patience not only for my students, but for people in general. I learned how to read the kids better, and what discipline techniques worked more effectively. I was also fortunate to have the company of my amazing co-workers. Each of them made the quarter not only a great working environment, they made it fun.”
Watsonville Wetlands Watch
2012 Docent Training Program
Watsonville Wetlands Watch docent volunteers are critical to the success of our education programs. You can become a member of our top-notch Docent Team by attending the 2012 Docent Training Program, starting on January 25. Docent Training is fun and interesting, with local experts providing an inside look at the wetlands of Watsonville, including the ecology, history, and restoration of the wetlands. This 7-week program includes Wednesday evening presentations and Saturday morning field trips. Learn more.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch advocates for wetland issues, educates elementary, middle, and high school students, restores degraded habitats, preserves what remains whole, and teaches appreciation for the unique beauty and life of the Pajaro Valley wetlands. In cooperation with numerous other agencies, we support studies of and planning for these sites.