Escondido, CA

Conservancy benefits from teen energy and grant program

High school students and adults taking part in a clean-up on Sword Way Trail in Gonzales Canyon.

Teaming up with Wildcoast, the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDVRC) recently hosted volunteer events for middle- and high-school students from Outdoor Outreach and the BeWise program at the Fleet Science Center.

All told, 25 high-schoolers and seven adults worked at the River Path Del Mar and Sword Way Trail in Gonzales Canyon in July and August, spreading wood chips and watering plants at restoration sites. They learned about the importance of SDRVC restoration sites and how they are related to the San Dieguito Watershed. 

The SDRVC recently received a $250 grant from Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program. Awarded for use in September, this grant was used to purchase supplies for trail cleanup events such as the most recent Coastal Cleanup Day, September 18, the county’s largest single-day environmental cleanup and an international effort.

Further information: 

·    WILDCOAST is an international team that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems and addresses climate change through natural solutions. 

·       Outdoor Outreach is a San-Diego based nonprofit that utilizes the outdoors to inspire youth to see possibility and opportunity in their lives.

·       The Fleet Science Center BeWise Program exposes middle and high-school girls to adult women scientists who share their knowledge and passion and experiences with science and engineering careers.

·       Extreme Terrain helps outdoor enthusiasts find accurate and reliable information for making decisions regarding the purchase of off-road vehicle parts. Extreme Terrain seeks to give back to the off-roading community through various philanthropic opportunities, such as the Extreme Terrain’s Clean Trail Grant Program.

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