Summer is here, and thanks to CWC’s caring donors and community supporters, Watershed Rangers summer camp is now in full swing! In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club and Nueva Vista Community Resources, CWC recently launched summer programs for 90 kids to get outdoors, explore the San Lorenzo River, and learn about their environment.

Through activities like bird watching, aquatic insect monitoring, and creating river art, elementary and middle-school-aged youth are building their own connection to nature. They are also learning how to help protect their river, such as by cleaning up trash, and will earn their very own Watershed Rangers badge.

We are so grateful that as part of our recent fundraiser, Fifth District Supervisor Bruce McPherson made a generous $5,000 contribution to this program from his District budget and offered these kind words:

“I am happy to provide this funding for CWC’s wonderful Watershed Rangers Program, which shares the magic of the San Lorenzo River with our local young people,” said Supervisor McPherson. “I really appreciate that the program includes the urban part of the river in the City of Santa Cruz, as well as the mountainous watershed in the San Lorenzo Valley. Thanks to CWC for all the great work you do to promote stewardship of the river.”

We want to thank the many community members helping Santa Cruz kids build special memories of nature at their local river, and deeply appreciate the support we received from donors like you, from the Moca Foundation and the R~H Santa Cruz Youth Foundation, and from California State Parks. All of us working together help make these experiences possible for our youth, allowing them to build a relationship with the natural world that will last a lifetime.

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