UPDATE 4/19/18--Momentum is building!
While we’re excited to report that we've met our original goal, we’re still very actively (and gratefully!) seeking additional donations. In addition to supporting the important conservation science work we do here at Point Blue, your donation will also help us become eligible for additional grants through the "A Community Thrives" competition. Please help us become the top fundraiser today! And if you haven't already, please take a moment to share our campaign with friends and family.
With deep gratitude to those of you who have already donated and those of you who are considering making a gift,
The Point Blue Team
Help us empower high school students to grow their own native plants to restore our streams and marshes. With your help, our Students and Teachers Restoring A Watershed (STRAW) program will partner with a local high school to turn the high school’s empty plant nursery facility into a thriving hands-on restoration classroom. This partnership would help STRAW further engage and empower students to collect and propagate the highest quality native plants available. It would also help ensure long-term success of restoration projects and give students an additional hands-on, immersive science-based education experience.
Our STRAW program is a dynamic, award-winning program that combines quality science education about ecology and conservation with innovative, student-implemented habitat restoration, which involves planting native plants along creeks and other waterways.
Restoring streams and wetlands helps clean our water, absorb water during storms to reduce flooding, provides habitat for wildlife, and helps combat climate change as trees, shrubs, and grasses sequester (store) carbon. Fish, birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians all benefit from restored habitat. Endangered species have benefitted from some of the restoration projects STRAW students have been involved in.
We engage 4,000 K-12 students in immersive science education and professional-quality restoration projects every year, and provides in-class support and ongoing teacher professional development. Additionally, STRAW designs educational experiences grounded in the latest conservation science and technology to address climate change.