The Florin Resource Conservation District (Florin RCD) received funding from the California Department of Conservation to collaboratively develop and implement a Community Conservation Education (CCE) Program designed with the objectives to increase the public’s knowledge of local resource conservation issues and improve ecosystem health on agricultural and/or urban land in our region.
The CCE Program includes two components. First, a Community Conservation Workshop Series is being held in partnership with the Elk Grove Community Garden and Learning Center through spring of 2018. The second component, is the implementation of the Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship (SLEWS) Program in partnership with the Center for Land-Based Learning, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, the Sacramento Tree Foundation and Valley High School.
The SLEWS Program engages California high school students and teachers in meaningful environmental stewardship that allows students to practice scientific skills, learn from natural resource professionals, and expand on classroom concepts, while accomplishing real habitat restoration projects on farms, ranches and open spaces.
Through the CCE Program, the Florin RCD is building partnerships with local government and non-profit organizations in the Elk Grove community and surrounding area to become a viable resource in the community for conservation education.
The CCE Program started in June of 2017 with funding extending the program through February of 2019. Check our website for program information and the event calendar for workshop dates. To find out more about the SLEWS Program click here.