The Issue: Urban Youth’s Lack of Access to Nature
Many youth in the Central Valley’s urban areas have limited contact with the natural world. In an average day, they only experience concrete and asphalt, unable to explore the lush ecosystem and panoramic beauty of nearby Yosemite National Park. Teaching children about ecology and wildlife that are so close can help spark their interest in science and conservation.
The Campaign: Presenting Education Program to a School
If 70 people donate $10 to this Grassroots campaign, then Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) can organize a two-day environmental-education program for children at a local school. The program focuses on a slideshow that teaches youth—who have little to no contact with rivers or nature—the value of California’s wildlife, water, and habitats. Students learn about conserving fresh water for future use, the functioning of the forest ecosystem, and how to recognize local bird species. CSERC also corresponds with students, answering questions that students ask via letter to support and supplement the lessons. Each additional $700 raised will fund the presentation of the program at another school.
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Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center
Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center (CSERC) protects and defends more than two million acres of natural spaces across the northern Yosemite region. The organization’s staff works to reduce clear cutting, road construction, and pollution to ensure that the forest, water, and meadow wilderness areas remain pristine. Apart from educational outreach to schools and communities, the staff gets its hands dirty sampling the water quality in forest streams and surveying meadows to locate areas of environmental damage. CSERC also sponsors restoration projects for meadows and streams, maintains remote camera stations to detect rare wildlife species, and works to find solutions to difficult environmental issues.