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Save The Redwoods League Education 2012 Grants Get Students Outdoors

Photo by Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative
Photo by Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative

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Save the Redwoods League
(415) 820-5814
jbenito@SaveTheRedwoods.org
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SAVE THE REDWOODS LEAGUE EDUCATION GRANTS GET STUDENTS OUTDOORS
League announces grants totaling more than $100,000 to 30 school and educational organizations in California to expand redwood education opportunities

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SAN FRANCISCO (September 27, 2012) – Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced its 2012 education grant recipients. The League awarded more than $100,000 to a total of 30 schools, park interpretive associations and nonprofit organizations in California.

“The League’s education grants program helps inspire the next generation of redwood stewards by making it possible for young people across California to visit and connect with these forests,” said Harry Pollack, chief program officer for Save the Redwoods League. “These education grants allow children and adults to study and experience redwood forests in ways otherwise not possible.”

Since 2000, Save the Redwoods League has awarded more than 330 grants totaling more than $1.1 million to schools, park associations, and environmental educational organizations across California. The League’s education program has reached more than 460,000 people. Please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org/edgrants for 2013 application information.

A comprehensive listing of the grants follows, organized by county:

Alameda County
Friends of Sausal Creek
Young adults (18-24) do restoration work at Joaquin Miller Park; volunteer work days also help improve the forest. $4,000

Wilderness Torah
Youth aged 5-11 learn about redwoods at Redwood Regional Park, exploring their spirituality through nature awareness and ecological understanding. $3,000

Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
EarthTeam Environmental Network
East Bay high school students participate in an afterschool leadership project to restore their campus’ redwood habitat. $4,000

Del Norte and Humboldt Counties
Redwood National and State Parks
Helps create an internship program for HSU students to gain valuable forest stewardship experience in Redwood National and State Parks. $2,500

Humboldt County
Dow’s Prairie School
Funds a week-long trip for 5th graders to Wolf Creek Education Center at Redwood National and State Parks. $1,000

East High School
Humboldt County high school students participate in monitoring activities at the Headwaters Forest Reserve. $3,500

The Forest Foundation
High school students learn about redwood forest ecology on a 1-day field trip to Humboldt State University and Arcata Community Forest. $2,000

Humboldt County Office of Education
Supports a two-day environmental education fair that teaches 3rd-8th grade students about the environment and helps teachers become familiar with community resources. $2,000

Humboldt State University Natural History Museum
Builds on existing redwood education program (funded last year) by providing teacher training with field trips. $4,000

Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation
After-school students help evaluate existing redwood education program. $3,000

Marin County
Muir Woods National Monument (GGNPC)
Funds transportation costs for the Into the Redwood Forest program, an interpretive program for Bay Area elementary school students. $5,000

Salmon Protection And Watershed Network
Supports school and public programs that connect salmon spawning to redwood forest ecosystems. $3,000

WildCare
Supports Nature Discovery field trips, Family Adventures, week-long Nature Camps, and Nature Van presentations. $3,000

YMCA Point Bonita
Funds a field trip for low-income students to Muir Woods National Monument as part of the camp’s larger K-8 environmental education partnership with local schools. $3,000

Mendocino County
Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association
Supports scholarship funds for 4th-8th grade students to attend the five-day residential outdoor school. $3,000

Monterey County
Ventana Wilderness Alliance
Salinas Valley youth visit state and national redwood parks to learn about redwoods and perform stewardship projects. $3,000

Napa County
Stone Bridge School
Fifth graders spend 5 days learning about redwoods in Mendocino County. $3,000

Sacramento County
FC Joyce School
6th grade Sacramento students learn about redwood forests through in-class instruction and 1-week at outdoor school. $2,500

San Francisco County
Convent of the Sacred Heart High School
Course teaches students about the genetics of redwoods; includes field trips and restoration activities. $5,000

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
Implements a standards-based field trip program for kindergarten students in the Garden’s redwood grove. $3,000

Wilderness Arts and Literacy Collaborative
Supports redwood-focused educational program for Balboa and Downtown high school students, including both in-class lessons and field trips to California parks; multidisciplinary approach includes science, art, poetry. $5,000

San Mateo County
The Environmental Volunteers
South Bay urban K-8 students participate in field trips to a local redwood park. $3,000

Santa Cruz County
UCCR Web of Life Field (WOLF) School
Revises existing outdoor education curriculum; also offers financial assistance to individual students who can’t afford to attend. $3,000

University of California, Santa Cruz
College seniors design and implement a redwood teaching module for 4 undergraduate courses. $4,675

Sonoma County
LandPaths
Expands their existing In Our Own Back Yard (IOOBY) program to a new location and pilots the program with local 6th graders. $4,000

Pepperwood Foundation
Teens participate in a 4-week summer internship that contributes data to the League’s citizen science program, Redwood Watch. $4,500

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
Reintroduces the park’s education program to local schools; revises curriculum to best align with state standards. $5,000

Stanislaus County
Empire Elementary School
Low-income students learn about the redwood forest in the classroom, participate in field trips to redwood parks, and collect data for Redwood Watch using trees located at school. $3,000

Yolo County
Beamer Park Elementary School
Funds a week-long trip for sixth graders to Sempervirens Outdoor School, where students learn about conserving redwood forests. $2,000

Gibson Elementary School
6th grade students learn about redwoods, then teach their Kindergarten “buddies” what they learned and produce public service announcements. $3,500

About Save the Redwoods League
Walk through a redwood forest — home of the tallest, largest, and some of the oldest living beings on Earth — and you can’t help but feel an overwhelming sense of awe and peace among these magnificent giants. Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has led the effort to protect the coast redwoods and giant sequoias for all to experience and enjoy. To date the League has completed the purchase of more than 190,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land. For more information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org, or to receive monthly email updates, sign up at SaveTheRedwoods.org/signup.


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