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Nov 11 - Dec 31, 2021

Watsonville Wetlands Watch


Watsonville Wetlands Watch (WWW) is dedicated to preserving, restoring and fostering appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley.

The Big Idea

Watsonville Wetlands Watch preserves, restores and fosters appreciation for the wetlands of Pajaro Valley, especially through Wetland Wonders, which is this nonprofit’s Big Idea. Wetland Wonders is a hands-on environmental education and community forest initiative. Fifth-graders conduct investigations and collect real data to determine the wetlands’ health. Students then become a part of the solution to a healthier planet by planting shade and fruit trees at home, contributing to Pajaro Valley’s community forest initiative.

Watsonville Wetlands Watch helped me discover my interest and passion for environmental stewardship. I didn’t know very much about nature, and I wasn’t very confident in my abilities to talk about the importance of the environment. I grew in my abilities. And now I feel I can create the best Watsonville community possible. Career-wise, I’d like to help local youth connect with our natural environment. Understanding our human relationship to nature, especially in this community, will help uplift our community.

- Alma Leonor-Sanchez

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.