Grants Database

Orange County Coastkeeper
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
Watershed Explorers: Santa Ana River
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2021
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education
Southern Coast
Orange County ; Riverside County ; San Bernardino County
Project Description:

Orange County Coastkeeper and Inland Empire Waterkeeper request funding to expand upon environmental education efforts centering the Santa Ana River watershed. In the highly developed, inland areas of our region, students tend to associate the term “environment” with somewhere far removed from the paved streets of their neighborhood, such as a rain forest or a coral reef. The Watershed Heroes: Santa Ana River program turns the Santa Ana River Watershed into a living laboratory for students located within its reaches allowing them to make personal connections to their environment and encouraging them to take action to help protect it. Field trips have been all but obliterated from schools’ curriculums even with studies showing that they re-engage students in STEM fields. To incorporate these findings, our education programs include hands-on research, field experience, and group projects. Our ultimate vision is to preserve the integrity of our communities by ensuring clean waterways, harbors, and coastal waters, along with a healthy water supply for generations to come. Through a series of in-class activities and field experiences, either in-person or through a virtual platform if in-person is unsafe, students explore the watershed and ecological concepts in their own community.