Groundwork San Diego-Chollas Creek, an independent, not-for-profit, environmental business that works within the Chollas Creek area, has been awarded a $5,000 grant by REI, a national outdoor retail co-op committed to connecting people with nature.
The grant will support the Cactus Wren Restoration Project. The project enables 120 students to plant, monitor and help maintain Chollas Creek upland and open space in southeast San Diego.
The grant will make possible programs lead by adult mentors and volunteers, who will support students involved with the habitat restoration project. The students, who attend Millennial Tech Middle School, will participate in outdoor hiking, planting and species monitoring field trips.
"It is crucial for students to understand the importance of conserving our natural resources, and REI applauds Groundwork's efforts to engage youth in active conservation and experiential learning at an early age," said Peter Streit, grant program manager for REI.