Grants Database

Point Blue Conservation Science
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Project Title:
Restoring the Petaluma River Watershed with the STRAW Program
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2018
San Francisco Bay Area
Sonoma County
Project Description:

Point Blue is building on their award-winning Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed program (STRAW) to expand their existing curricula into at least four new underserved Sonoma County classrooms, whose students will complete riparian or wetland transition zone habitat restoration projects in the Sonoma County section of the Petaluma River Watershed. Through their fieldwork, program participants directly engage with the benefits of restoration, including providing wildlife habitat, improving water quality, helping groundwater recharge, and increasing adaptability to climate change including drought, floods, extreme heat and changes in animal life cycles. The STRAW’s multi-visit program engages students deeply to help them directly improve watershed health and increase ecosystem resilience to climate extremes, as well as develop ecological literacy and a sense of connection to the natural world which helps them become lifelong environmental stewards.