MEarth’s NatureConnect program invites students to explore and restore local habitats. We awaken a sense of wonder and curiosity in the youth of Monterey County. Most recently we finished our restoration season. During their last restoration event on April 26th Big Sur Charter School helped to remove invasive plants threatening habitats and plant native species to restore our central coast.
During the 2017/2018 restoration season, a team of powerful and dedicated community volunteers, habitat advocates, and school groups lead by MEarth Staff pulled, planted, and promoted growth in threatened areas in Carmel. In total 523 volunteers contributed over 1000 hours to remove 18 cubic yards of live ice plant and almost 900 pounds of invasive species, in addition to planting 1500 native plants. With help from native plant and habitat experts Pat Regan, Joey Canepa, Greg D’Ambrosio, and Brian Leneve, MEarth staff members Melissa Lopez, Mark Batchelor, and Hannah Root worked to host 19 work days and community events.
Keep an eye out in our newsletters for the next restoration season starting in October!