Green Careers Summer Institute Provides Paid Internships for Teens
Wetlands Watch Education Specialist Darren Gertler (left) and Green Careers teens collecting seeds at Younger Lagoon Reserve
Watsonville Wetlands Watch has just finished a Green Careers Summer Institute for Pájaro Valley teens ages 15 to 18. With the support of community partners, 12 teens enjoyed paid month-long internships focused on cultivating practical green jobs skills in the Pájaro Valley and learning to appreciate our unique natural environment.
“The teens we work with out of the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center care about the environment and are looking for local jobs but don’t know where to start,” said Noëlle Antolin, Director of Education Programs for Watsonville Wetlands Watch. “We believe that giving them intensive hands-on training in partnership with local businesses and groups will increase their skills and confidence while presenting them with priceless networking opportunities that can lead to successful green careers in our community.” Read the entire article.
Wetland Steward Intern Featured on KUSP
High schooler Rodrigo García teaches the ecology of Watsonville’s sloughs and lakes to elementary and middle school students.
A KUSP project focused on Solutions in Education highlights how the Wetland Stewards program supports STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — education and helps Pajaro Valley youth achieve in the sciences. Click here to read about or hear the program that features Rodrigo Garcia.
Tour: A Walk on the Wild Side—Discovering Native and Medicinal Plants of the Watsonville Wetlands
On Saturday, Sept. 12, join herbalist Linda Vaughn and Wetlands Watch Restoration Specialist Mary Paul as they take you on a walk to discover the medicinal and other qualities of native and non-native plants that grow locally. If time permits, the tour will end with an herbal medicine-making demo. The walk is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and starts at the gate to the Department of Fish and Wildlife Reserve at the corner of Lee Road and Harkins Slough Road in Watsonville. Expect to walk up to one mile on uneven terrain. The tour is free, but you must register by clicking here. For more information, contact Kathy Fieberling, 831-345 1226, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Save the Date!
Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale
Plants from the 2014 Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale
On Saturday, Oct. 3, the Watsonville Wetlands Watch presents the third annual Habitat Festival and Native Plant Sale, a fun-filled day for the entire family. You will be able to buy native plants and learn about the possibilities for creating a delightful, drought-tolerant habitat in your own yard or patio. Plus, we'll have on-going presentations and workshops with expert speakers, a fun Eco Kids Zone, free native plant consultations, live animals, nature walks, and tours of our native plant nursery where Watsonville Wetlands Watch raises the native plants used to restore the areas surrounding the Watsonville Slough System. The Native Plant Sale begins at 9 a.m. and Festival at 10 a.m. at the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center in Watsonville (map/directions). Both events close at 4 p.m.
Native plants consume much less water than the non-native species. That's a big plus given the current water crisis. Also, native plants are the foundation for a rich diversity of animal life. Please visit our website at www.watsonvillewetlandswatch.org or our Facebook page in the coming days for more information.
Community Restoration Day
Volunteers make a difference by helping to restore our wetlands
We invite you to help restore wetland habitat by planting native plants and removing exotic invasive plants as part of our monthly community work day on August 22. We will work from 9 a.m. to noon, and we always make time for birding or a short hike around the wetlands. We supply the gloves, tools, and a snack. Meet at our Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (map/directions). If you have questions, please contact Mary Paul at email@example.com or 831-566-4938.
Our Shared Success
Docent and board member Bob Culbertson and others
sharing a lesson about plants
If you’ve received our Summer Appeal and Annual Report, you’ve learned about the progress that your support has helped the Wetlands Watch achieve over the past year. We hope you will keep our restoration and education work going strong by making a summer gift! And if you know of others who would value our mission or might enjoy learning more about the opportunities for involvement in our work, please share our website, forward our monthly newsletters, and let them know of your own commitment to our environment and our community. Your involvement matters to us….and it makes a difference!
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.