Their four-year cooperative agreement will allow Grassroots Ecology to continue existing restoration efforts through service-learning events at the Hawthorns area of Windy Hill and Russian Ridge preserves, and to expand similar efforts at other Midpen preserves in Santa Clara County using grant funding from Valley Water. At these sites, staff and volunteers are managing infestations of
Centaurea solstitialis) and
Genista monspessulana). Midpen staff, with input from Grassroots Ecology, has identified a third new restoration site at Bear Creek Redwoods Preserve, where they will be clearing out
Dipsacus fullonum), and
Harding grass (
Phalaris aquatica), as well as collecting native plant seeds. They are also investigating a possible project location for a native pollinator demonstration garden at Rancho San Antonio Preserve.
Grassroots to help with restoration efforts, as a part of the outdoor education team, and more! There are many volunteer opportunities, including youth engagement and corporate team-building.