We believe strongly in helping to educate our next generation of environmental stewards. Environmental education instills a sense of stewardship towards the environment. By understanding the value and fragility of our natural resources, individuals develop a sense of responsibility to protect and conserve them for future generations. This stewardship mindset encourages sustainable resource management, preservation of biodiversity, and the promotion of sustainable development practices. To support this, we connect funding, volunteers, and resources to environmental education programs throughout Riverside County - including those located at places like Hidden Valley Nature Center, Santa Rosa Plateau, Idyllwild Nature Center, San Timoteo Schoolhouse, and more.
We are a founding sponsor of the Wonders of the Watershed in Western Riverside County. This annual outdoor event seeks to inspire curiosity for nature and help the community discover more about our unique local watershed that is shaped by the Santa Ana River. Participants learn about the water, plants, insects, and aquatic life that flow through our watershed all the way into the Pacific Ocean. It includes a visit from the Aquarium of the Pacific's "Aquarium on Wheels", a live local tidepool habitat display complete with California marine inhabitants such as sharks, sea stars, and anemones that you can see and touch.
Born Learning trails are a series of 10 interactive signs that offer fun, active learning activities for young children and their families. It helps parents, caregivers and communities create quality engagement opportunities when out on a stroll or visiting a local playground. Together with United Way and the Rivers & Land Conservancy, we installed a Born Learning Trail at Hidden Valley Nature Center in 2018.
We regularly provide scholarships to youth who might not otherwise be able to participate in summer camps located in the beautiful outdoors at Riverside County Parks. We are also regular sponsors of Youth Fishing Clinics at parks throughout Riverside County.
Fishing line, regardless of what type, can cause serious damage when disposed of improperly. It can harm boats, kill wildlife, and foul boat propellers. These problems stem from the fact that fishing line isn’t biodegradable. Instead, it can remain in the marine environment for over 600 years. That’s more than six centuries of potential damage to boats, wildlife, and the environment. You can do your part to protect these environments by properly disposing of your recreational fishing gear. Look for our sponsored fishing line recycling receptacles at parks throughout Riverside County.