Save the Redwoods League Education Grants Get Youth Outdoors

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League announces grants totaling more than $100,000 to 34 school and educational organizations in California and Arizona to expand redwood education opportunities.

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.

Save the Redwoods League, the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting ancient redwood forests throughout their natural range, today announced its 2011 education grant recipients. The League awarded more than $100,000 to a total of 34 schools, park interpretive associations and nonprofit organizations in California and Arizona.

“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 300 grants totaling more than $1 million to schools, park associations, and environmental educational organizations across California. The League’s education program has reached more than 445,000 people. Please visit for 2012 application information.

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

Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
EarthTeam Environmental Network: East Bay high school students learn history and stewardship of redwoods and participate in forest restoration at Muir Woods and Sausal Creek.    $4,000

Contra Costa County
Youth Enrichment Strategies: Supports 2-day family camps for Richmond families at YMCA Camp Loma Mar.    $2,500

Del Norte County
Del Norte County Unified School District: Supports field trips to the redwoods for K-6 students throughout the school district. $3,000

Smith River Alliance: Campers ages 13-18 learn about redwood forests, especially aquatic/riparian habitats, gain leadership skills, and work with natural resource professionals. $3,000

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.    $750

Pacific Union School: Fifth grade students learn about redwood forests for 2.5 days at Wolf Creek Education Center. $1,000

Cuddeback Elementary School: Humboldt County fourth through eighth graders study stream health and raise and monitor salmon. A curriculum guide for other local schools will be produced.    $2,000

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 Area Foundation: Funds bus transportation for teachers and students to redwood forests in Humboldt County.    $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

Ink People Center for the Arts: Funds outdoor sessions in redwood ecology for students in nearby old growth redwoods; multidisciplinary approach includes science and art.    $2,500

Humboldt State University Natural History Museum:    Helps develop a 4-lesson curriculum that supports student field trips to the new Dendochronology exhibit; includes an in-class component, a Web quest, and teaching boxes. $3,500

Marin County
WildCare: Supports Nature Discovery field trips, Family Adventures, week-long Nature Camps, and Nature Van presentations. $2,500

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.    $2,500

Muir Woods National Monument    :Funds transportation costs for the Into the Redwood Forest program, an interpretive program for Bay Area elementary school students. $10,000

Mendocino County
Frank Zeek Elementary School: Fourth graders attend science camp for 3 days at Mendocino Woodlands' Residential Outdoor Science School (ROSS). $1,000

Mendocino Area Parks Association: Provides resources for a new interpretation resource center for interpreters and rangers. $2,000

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. Particular emphasis on fire science.    $2,500

Sacramento County
FC Joyce Elementary School: 6th grade Sacramento students learn about redwood forests through in-class instruction, a 1-day field trip to Armstrong Redwoods SP, and 1-week at outdoor school. $2,000

San Francisco County
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco: Supports the addition of new redwood education components to the existing camp curriculum.    $2,500

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society:    Develops a field trip program for kindergarten students in the Garden's redwood grove.    $3,000

Convent of the Sacred Heart High School: Course teaches students about the genetics of redwoods; includes field trips and restoration activities.    $4,000

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 redwood parks; multidisciplinary approach includes science, art, poetry. $4,000

San Joaquin County
Center for Land-Based Learning: 30 San Joaquin County high school students from underserved communities will participate in a 3 day educational trip to Calaveras Big Trees State Park. $4,000

San Mateo County
Vida Verde Nature Education: Funding for 3-day, overnight camping experiences in the redwoods for 700 Bay Area inner-city, minority, and low-income youth.    $2,500
San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties

The Environmental Volunteers: South Bay urban first through fifth graders participate in field trips to a local redwood park. $3,000

San Mateo and Santa Cruz Counties
Exploring New Horizons Outdoor Schools: Provides financial support to Northern California students from economically disadvantaged families to attend outdoor school in the redwoods. $3,000

Sonoma County
Community Clean Water Institute: Engages environmental educators in developing a Quest (a place-based, educational treasure hunt) in the Atascadero-Green Valley watershed, focusing on watershed health.    $2,000

LandPaths: Funds a native riparian redwood grove restoration project, implemented by 11th and 12th grade students as well as the 6th graders they are mentoring, through an education collaborative with local schools and regional parks.    $4,000

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods: Develops a new station-based interpretive program, allowing school groups to rotate through different stations along the trail during field trips.    $4,000

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. $2,500

Tulare County
Sequoia Natural History Association:    Develops an interactive, online education tool of the Giant Forest, including a scavenger hunt, hiker log, animal tracking, and giant sequoia life cycle. $3,000

Pima County, Arizona
University of Arizona, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research: Creates an interactive, digital display about tree rings, featuring giant sequoias, in their new museum. $4,970

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 189,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land. For more information, please visit, or to receive monthly email updates, sign up at


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