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Watsonville Wetlands Watch is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and fostering of appreciation of the wetlands of the Pajaro Valley, especially involving members of the Watsonville community and the students of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch advocates for wetland issues, educates elementary, middle, and high school students, restores degraded habitats, preserves what remains whole, and teaches appreciation for the unique beauty and life of the Pajaro Valley wetlands. In cooperation with numerous other agencies, we also support studies of and planning for these sites.
Since 1991 our organization has publicized the importance of the sloughs through public meetings, newspaper articles and the publication of our award winning book, "Watching the Watsonville Wetlands: An Armchair Guide to the Watsonville Slough System" and by advocating for the sloughs before local governmental agencies.
We work with local schools to educate students about the value of the wetlands through a variety of hands-on outdoor and in class environmental education programs, by serving as a resource for teachers, and by providing unique placed based educational materials to be used in the classroom.
We also conduct environmental restoration programs throughout the Watsonville Slough System and the greater Pajaro Valley that benefit wildlife, water quality, natural habitats, and the natural resources of the Pajaro Valley. Through these programs, thousands of community members volunteer their time to restore wetlands and native habitats on public and private lands and in our native plant nursery.