The SLEWS Program and the Legacy Fund
SLEWS students learn by doing from farmers and mentors in the field
In celebration of 15 years of the SLEWS Program, the Center for Land-Based Learning established the SLEWS Legacy Fund to help support the SLEWS Program in the San Joaquin and Sacramento Valley regions. The Legacy Fund will also support the SLEWS Academy, which trains organizations around the state in the program's best practices, and ensures local community engagement and priorities for working lands.

When the Center for Land-Based Learning incorporated as a 501 (c)(3) organization in 2001, the SLEWS Program was the impetus. "We had the idea to create an entire program based on an environmental stewardship field day we were doing with students in the FARMS Leadership Program," said Mary Kimball, Executive Director of the Center for Land-Based Learning. "Our partners and teachers loved the idea, and now over 15 years later, SLEWS has served over 6,000 students, completed 220 restoration projects, and planted 65,000 native trees and shrubs."

Planting trees is fun!
The Center for Land-Based Learning would like to acknowledge and thank the following companies and families for their pledges to the SLEWS Legacy Fund: Bowles Farming Company, Ledbetter Family/Vino Farms, John & Marsha Anderson, LangeTwins Family Winery & Vineyards, Brennan Jewitt & Associates. These supporters have all been very involved with SLEWS, hosting numerous projects on their property over the past 16+ years.

"SLEWS connects us to these students and together we provide a hands-on educational experience for the next generation, both on farming and on a person's role as a responsible land steward," said family member Aaron Lange.

Participants of the Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship (SLEWS) Program gain first-hand experience in real habitat restoration projects while exploring science concepts and current issues. In addition to making a lasting impact on the land, SLEWS aims to make connections for students to college majors and careers in natural resources and agriculture. Through direct interaction with farmers, ranchers, and environmental scientists, students gain a deep understanding of how agriculture interacts with the environment, ensuring working lands remain viable for future generations.

2017 SLEWS Academy field training.
The SLEWS Academy is growing the program beyond Northern California, spreading the SLEWS model and impacting even more California landscapes. Since 2014, the SLEWS Academy has trained 5 organizations, resulting in an additional 360 student participants in 8 counties. In the next several months, three more organizations will be trained, reaching an additional 100+ students per year.

If you are interested in learning more about the SLEWS Program, please contact Program Director Matt Lechmaier, If you would like to know more about the SLEWS Legacy Fund, please contact Christine McMorrow,

Click here for information on SLEWS Project Sites.

Matt Lechmaier, New SLEWS Program Director

Matt Lechmaier accepted the role of SLEWS Program Director in April 2017 after coordinating SLEWS projects throughout the Sacramento Valley since 2010.

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