The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy has received a $10,000 San Diego Gas and Electric Environmental Champions award to expand its nature education program Watershed Explorers, according to a press release.
“At SDG&E, we are privileged to partner with some of San Diego’s finest organizations through the Environmental Champions initiative, which spotlights organizations who are dedicated to environmental stewardship,” stated Mike Schneider, SDG&E vice president, operations support and sustainability, and chief environmental officer.
“The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is a key partner in advancing that mission locally. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the conservancy this year to promote and encourage students across San Diego to discover the wildlife and natural resources around them.”
The Watershed Explorers outdoor-education program focuses on different aspects of the watershed and enables students to visit different areas in the San Dieguito River Park, see wildlife, learn about diverse habitat types from forests to wetlands, and learn about the importance of the cultural and natural resources of the watershed. The program was launched in February 2016 in partnership with the San Dieguito River Park, San Diego Archaeological Center and Volcan Mountain Foundation, according to the release.
SDG&E’s Environmental Champions initiative supports non-profit organizations with programs that promote environmental education, community engagement, and stewardship to the K-12 populations of underserved communities in San Diego County and southern Orange County, the release stated.
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy preserves, protects and shares the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation and mobilize pubic support, the press release stated. The conservancy also received this grant award in 2015 for $6,000.