Caring For our Watersheds Awards, June Dinner on the Farm and Big Day of Giving
Educating and encouraging youth to be leaders and environmental stewards of their communities is central to our work here at Center for Land-Based Learning. It is incredibly inspiring to see students demonstrate not only what they have learned, but to share their own ideas to innovate and make positive change.  This year, on April 16 at the Crocker Art Museum, finalists in the Caring for Our Watersheds: California contest did just that, as they presented their unique project proposals to an audience of environmental professionals, teachers, and community members. They did not cease to amaze us. 
For the past 6 years in the Sacramento region, the Center for Land-Based Learning has facilitated the Caring for Our Watersheds program, an environmental proposal contest and project funding opportunity for high school students. The program, which engaged over 600 students at 13 area high schools last year, promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning through the lens of watershed stewardship and the development of real projects that benefit local communities.

Caring for our Watersheds, a joint program of Agrium, Inc. and the Center for Land-Based Learning, challenges students to research their local watershed, identify an environmental concern and come up with a realistic solution. Students with the top ten proposals of over 400 that were reviewed presented their ideas to a panel of community judges. This year, finalists were from the following high schools: Colusa, Florin, Foresthill, George Washington Carver, Mira Loma, Rio Americano, Sierra Academy of Expeditionary Learning, and Valley.

Taylor Lowery is proud to place first in the 2016 Caring for our Watersheds contest for her proposal to plant native vegetation along a bare area of her school's cross-country course to reduce erosion and sediment delivery to Owl Creek. Excess sediment can degrade stream habitat.  Her plantings will stabilize soil, slow runoff and trap sediment, while providing additional wildlife habitat.  

For first place in the contest, Lowery won $1,000 for herself and $1,000 for her school, Foresthill High.  In total, students compete for over $6,000 cash rewards and participating schools are eligible for over $11,000 cash rewards. Agrium also provides an additional $10,000 in funding to help implement students' ideas.

While the Final Competition is a pinnacle event of the program, it is also a starting point for finalists and other students with strong proposals who have the opportunity to put their ideas into action. As projects are planned and implemented, students develop valuable leadership skills, learn sustainable practices, and contribute to creating a healthier ecosystem.  Students also have opportunities to connect with environmental professionals who mentor the students as they learn new skills and develop deeper connections with the community they live in.

Each year more projects are implemented with the help of community resources, schools, and environmental organizations.  Seeing creative, determined students implement their projects is truly impressive. Through the Caring for Our Watersheds program, the Center for Land-Based Learning not only encourages youth-led ideas, but helps make them happen. And when a student's passion for protecting and preserving the environment is transformed into real accomplishment, that student becomes a leader.

Special thanks to Sacramento Municipal Utility District for sponsorship of the 2016 Caring For our Watersheds Final Competition and Awards Banquet!     

Get ready for the one and only Dinner on the Farm at the Farm on Putah Creek in Winters for 2016. Tickets go on sale May 1st. Thank you to our premier Dinner sponsor, The Zenith Agribusiness Solutions. Like last year, we will host a September Dinner on the Farm and live auction in the Bridge District, West Sacramento. This event will sell out.

Sunday, June 5th, 2016
5pm to 9pm
5265 Putah Creek Road, Winters, CA
Tickets are $125 per person

Join us for Big Day of Giving Festivities on May 3rd!
Join us for the #farmershours Challenge! Donate between 5 a.m.-6 a.m. to help us get the most donations for that hour to help us win up to $3,000!

Free Pizza from Hot Italian
May 3rd only, All Day

Donate any amount to Center for Land-Based Learning on the BIG Day of Giving, show proof at Hot Italian in Davis or Sacramento and receive a free pizza! Valid May 3rd only for online donations made here:

Big Day at the Barn
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Join us after work from 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m. for a happy hour at Garden Park in West Sacramento and preview tours of the Barn! Help us win the hourly donor challenge ($1,000) from 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

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