Sempervirens Fund is Getting Students Outside with Giving Tuesday
Thank you for supporting Sempervirens Fund on Giving Tuesday! Your generosity helped us exceed our goal of $2,500 – which means that we‘ll be providing meaningful outdoor experiences for even more underserved students!
Because you cared, Sempervirens Fund will partner with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) in the Spring of 2017 on a weekend-long environmental stewardship project at San Vicente Redwoods, and Lompico Redwoods, two spectacular properties owned and managed by Sempervirens Fund. High school students from Oakland and San Mateo will take part in a guided outdoor and team building experience. For most, it will be their first camping trip and quite possibly their first time in a redwood forest. They’ll take part in invasive species removal work and learn about the ecosystems of the Santa Cruz Mountains redwood forests.
Outdoor experiences like this are essential to building the next generation’s environmental values, self-confidence and leadership skills. Many studies show that students who engage in meaningful outdoor experiences are much more likely to consider themselves “environmentalists” than those who’ve not had similar experiences. After spending time outdoors, an overwhelming 86% of SCA alumni say their experience strengthened their connection to the natural world. These same students said that they were likely to take steps in their everyday lives to protect the environment and were very interested in pursuing careers in the environmental field.
This is just a glimpse of the powerful impact your gift will make possible right here in the Bay Area. Stay tuned for photos from the Sempervirens Fund-SCA stewardship weekends next Spring!