Local & Regional
Environmental, Agricultural, and Cultural Links
Ecology Action – Ecology Action works to achieve community and environmental excellence through partnership and innovation. This nonprofit environmental consultancy delivers cutting edge education services, technical assistance, and program implementation for initiatives that assist individuals, business and government to maximize environmental quality and community well being.
Action Pajaro Valley – "Action Pajaro Valley is shaping the future of the Pajaro Valley. People from all walks of life are coming together to discuss, debate and ultimately reach agreement on a long-term plan for our community, a vision for what their neighborhoods, workplaces and local landscapes will look like in the future." - Carlos Palacios, Watsonville City Manager & APV Co-Chair
Community Alliance with Family Farmers –
The Community Alliance with Family Farmers is building a movement of rural and urban people to foster family-scale agriculture that cares for the land, sustains local economies and promotes social justice.
Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association – The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) provides educational and business opportunities for farm workers and aspiring farmers to grow and sell crops grown on two organic farms in Monterey County, California.
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve – The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 26 National Estuarine Research Reserves established nationwide as field laboratories for scientific research and estuarine education. The Reserve is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the California Department of Fish and Game.
Elkhorn Slough Foundation – The Elkhorn Slough Foundation is a nonprofit, member-supported organization working to conserve and restore Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. The Foundation works with local, state, and national constituencies to protect our natural heritage.
Moss Landing Marine Labs – Since establishment in 1966, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) has grown an international reputation for excellence in marine science research and education. MLML is operated by a consortium of seven California State University campuses, with consortium undergraduate and graduate students taking courses or pursuing their Masters of Science degrees.
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) is a Federally protected marine area offshore of California's central coast. Stretching from Marin to Cambria, the MBNMS encompasses a shoreline length of 276 miles and 5,322 square miles of ocean. The MBNMS supports one of the world's most diverse marine ecosystems.
Monterey Bay Aquarium – The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium is to inspire conservation of the oceans. Located on Monterey Bay, the aquarium offers a unique look at the beauty of marine life in nearly 200 galleries and exhibits.The mission of the Monterey Bay Aquarium's web site is to inspire, enrich and extend a visit to the aquarium, while fostering a deeper commitment and connection to the institution and ocean conservation.
The Watershed Institute at CSUMB – The Watershed Institute consists of a direct action community-based coalition of researchers, restoration ecologists, educators, planners, students, and volunteers. These participants all work to promote and employ a systems approach to the management of watersheds around the world.
Santa Cruz County Agricultural History Project – The Ag History Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of ag history on the Central Coast of California.
Save Our Shores – Save Our Shores is a non-profit marine conservation organization in Santa Cruz. The mission of Save Our Shores is marine conservation through policy research, education, and citizen involvement.
O'Neil Sea Odyssey – O'Neill Sea Odyssey (OSO) was founded in 1996 by wetsuit innovator and surfer Jack O'Neill. Through Jack’s vision, a living classroom was created on board a 65-foot catamaran sailing the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Students receive hands-on lessons about the marine habitat and the importance of the relationship between the living sea and the environment.
Return of the Natives at CSUMB – RON is a community and school-based environmental education program dedicated to involving students (Kindergarten through University) in habitat restoration and service learning projects in the schoolyard and the community.
Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District – The mission of the Santa Cruz County Resource Conservation District is to help people protect, conserve, and restore natural resources through information, education, and technical assistance programs.
Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History – The museum offers guided programs for school groups, volunteer training and enrichment, program supplies and equipment, and lectures and classes with world-class speakers, researchers, and artists.
Life Lab – Life Lab Science Program is a non-profit organization committed to environmental stewardship by promoting science and garden-based education for all learners. Life Lab is involved in a variety of projects throughout California, primarily working directly with teachers to help them use school gardens and hands-on science programs effectively.
Coastal Watershed Council – CWC advocates for the preservation and protection of coastal watersheds through the establishment of community-based watershed stewardship programs and works in partnerships with schools, community organizations and local government. The Coastal Watershed Council emphasizes hands-on learning— getting community members out into the watershed to learn about water quality, riparian and wetland ecosystems and the problems impacting our watersheds.
The Watershed Project – The mission of the Watershed Project is to educate and inspire communities to protect their local watersheds. The Watershed Project has innovative programs in three main areas: workshops for educators and the general public, support for creek protection groups, and a marsh and grassland restoration project incorporating community support and education.
Coyote Point Museum – The Coyote Point Museum is a learning center that inspires each of us to make a lifelong commitment to act responsibly in caring for the earth. We provide engaging, educational experiences for our diverse, multi-generational Bay Area community through wildlife, gardens, exhibitions, and programs that relate to the global environment.
Guadalupe River Park and Gardens Education Program – The Guadalupe River Park & Gardens is a natural oasis in the middle of downtown San Jose. A visit to the park is an opportunity to enjoy nature and use it in teaching science, history, and literacy skills.