Approximately 40 eager, elementary school children and several adult volunteers and teachers gathered on a wet Wednesday morning in February to help clean up the banks along Matanzas Creek in Santa Rosa, California.
Within a couple of hours a large swath of invasive ivy was cleared and new native plants were carefully embedded in a continuing process of creek side restoration, undertaken through LandPaths, "In Our Own Backyard." outdoor education program. I was one of the fortunate adults not there as a supervisory volunteer for the children but in my capacity as a member of the Infineon Raceway Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, which gave a grant to LandPaths' IOOBY program to provide for this very hands-on educational experience for children.
According to Bree Benton, LandPaths Education Director who led the morning restoration effort, the financial assistance from SCC for this and similar restoration projects involving children in Sonoma County is really appreciated, "so that we can get kids outside, doing important, educational and fun projects for the local environment."
From my perspective SCC gets a double bang for its bucks in not only educating kids in a stimulating worthwhile fashion but also in restoring the environment right in our own backyard.
Volunteer Coordinator & Track Minister