SLEWS Habitat Restoration
SLEWS - Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship - engages California high school students in habitat restoration projects that enhance classroom learning, develop leadership skills and result in real positive impact for the environment.
By including California school students in habitat restoration, SLEWS addresses the needs for healthier land and more wildlife habitat, and the need to instill conservation and stewardship values in high school students. SLEWS is one of the few habitat restoration projects targeted to high school students, who very much need to know that they can "make a difference" in their communities.
The SLEWS Program engages high school students in habitat restoration projects to achieve the following objectives:
- Establish locally native vegetation and remove invasive species to create wildlife habitat and increase biological diversity.
- Stabilize stream banks and establish native vegetation along waterways to improve water quality.
- Connect classroom learning to the real world to enhance high school education, especially in underserved communities.
- Provide high school students transformative experiences in nature to increase their appreciation, commitment and respect for sustainable agriculture and the natural world.