Proceeds from the 2015 EGBAR Foundation Charity Golf Tournament, in conjunction with donations from Simple Green, AES, got plovers, the Metropolitan Water District, and individual supporters, served to launch the Bolsa Chica Conservancy's new Windows to Our Wetlands (“WOW”) program. The long awaited program will be critical to their mission of educating youth in wetland science, watersheds, coastal ecology and environmental sustainability.
The Bolsa Chica Conservancy repurposed a donated Simple Green vehicle into a traveling educational center filled with interactive exhibits and teaching tools aimed at increasing science literacy and awareness of conservation issues.
The new program helps to eliminate the financial burdens and time restrictions that prevent students from being able to participate in activities run at the site by taking the STEM-based educational experience to the school directly. It opens up the program to numerous schools, clubs and organizations that otherwise would never have been able to experience it.
The interactive learning stations and hands-on, science-based activities are designed to make science fun and memorable for all grade levels. It provides students the opportunity to see native animals up-close and personal, while they learn about diverse ecosystems, including marine life, terrestrial animals and endemic plants, and explore their human impact on this natural world.
Windows to Our Wetlands officially launched on Earth Day of 2016 and in the first three months alone was able to reach over 1,000 underserved students in the local community and beyond.