Creating the Fitz WERC
The Fitz Wetlands Educational Resource Center (WERC) in Watsonville, California is an exciting joint venture of the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD), the City of Watsonville, and Watsonville Wetlands Watch. The Fitz WERC is an indoor-outdoor wetlands learning center that includes a visitor center, classroom and wet lab, a greenhouse, and a demonstration native plant garden. The WERC borders over 100 acres of protected wetland area.
By creating the wetlands center, the three partners saw a rare opportunity to engage our youth in a fascinating hands-on learning process that offers opportunities for future careers and simultaneously preserves local habitat.
Watsonville Wetlands Watch was charged with developing programming at the Fitz WERC. Watsonville Wetlands Watch, a Pajaro Valley-based non-profit organization, has been promoting stewardship through education since 1991. Watsonville Wetlands Watch coordinates, implements, and administers all Fitz WERC programs. Click Here to contact Fitz WERC program staff.