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Watsonville Wetlands Watch

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General Agency Information
Name:Watsonville Wetlands Watch
Address:P.O. Box 1239
Freedom, CA  95019-1239
Primary Phone:831-728-1156
Days/Hours of Operation/Phone:Monday-Friday, 9-5
Description:Watsonville Wetlands Watch advocates for wetland issues, educates elementary, middle, and high school students, restores degraded habitats, preserves what remains whole, and teaches appreciation for the unique beauty and life of the Pajaro Valley wetlands. In cooperation with numerous other agencies, we support studies of and planning for these sites.
Mission:Watsonville Wetlands Watch is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley, especially involving members of the Watsonville community and the students of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.
Programs:We are working with local schools to educate students about the value of the wetlands through guided walks for students, serving as a resource for teachers, and providing educational materials to be used in the classroom. In addition, some of our members are not content to just speak and write about the sloughs, but also like to get "down and dirty" with slough cleanups.

We run the Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (Fitz WERC) on the campus of Pajaro Valley High School. The Fitz WERC is a joint venture of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District, the City of Watsonville, and Watsonville Wetlands Watch.

We conduct free public tours of our facility, classroom, and greenhouse, and of the wetlands. We organize and run regular volunteer activities to clear invasive species and replace them with natives grown in our greenhouse and outdoors, often from seed. We conduct field trips for elementary school children.

We run the Wetland Stewards Program, a hands-on, experiential wetland science after-school program with a mentoring component. We train volunteer docents to support and conduct all our activities. Through program grants from the NOAA B-WET program and the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Watsonville Wetlands Watch and Fitz WERC program staff are implementing Slough-based Environmental Education (Project SEE) at Pajaro Valley High School.
Volunteer Info:The Watsonville Wetlands Watch has an active docent and volunteer program. Docents and volunteers assist in a variety of activities around the wetlands including restoration, plant propagation, environmental monitoring, environmental education, special events, and office work. For information on the docent program and other volunteer opportunities, contact Kathy Fieberling at 345-1226 OR
Community Restoration Work Parties occur regularly, usually on the fourth Saturday of the month. We meet rain or shine and all ages are welcome. We work from 9:00am until 12:00pm and stop for a snack and wildlife watching. For more info contact Mary at 566-4938.
Languages other than English:Spanish
Accommodations for Disabled:Call for Information
Public Transportation:Available Within Three Blocks
Eligibility:Open to All
Areas Served:California
Funding Source:Grants

Noelle Antolin
Director of Education Programs
831-728-1156 ext. 5

Kathy  Fieberling
Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator

Jonathan Pilch
Restoration Director

Subject Headings
 Educational Programs
Environment Volunteer Opportunities
Environmental Beautification
Environmental Protection and Improvement
Environmental Quality
Private Nonprofits
Volunteer Opportunities
Wetlands Conservation
This record last modified March 10, 2015

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