Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) is dedicated to preserving, restoring and fostering appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch will engage paid high school interns in a climate action project at Pajaro Middle School, planting at least 50 shade trees and large native shrubs between the campus and the surrounding conventional agricultural fields (row crops) and providing shade trees throughout the school campus and a school orchard. The trees will provide a needed wind break to mitigate dust and pesticide drift. We will engage the middle school students in caring for the newly planted trees as they grow and establish their root systems. Over 120 Pajaro Middle School students will learn and perform tree care including watering, mulching, and pruning during their science class periods and during our on-campus Wetland Stewards afterschool environmental education program. We will also hold tree adoption workshops for students and their families to receive free fruit trees and shade trees to plant at their homes.
I've gained a new passion for caring for the earth. I always knew that taking care of our planet was important, but didn’t know how I could help. This program has helped me learn how to care for the environment.
- Felisa Chavez Leon