SLEWS Habitat Restoration
How SLEWS Works
Each year, participating SLEWS high schools throughout six northern California counties select restoration projects on farms, ranches or other natural areas to adopt for the school year.
Throughout multiple visits, students plant oaks, cottonwoods and other native species on their assigned sites, collect native seeds, build and install bird boxes, remove invasive plants and install irrigation systems, all to increase biological diversity and improve the health of the land.
Because we partner with restoration professionals from public agencies, local watershed groups and nonprofit organizations, SLEWS projects have a real and lasting impact on the land. Most importantly, the students take their work seriously because they see results and know they are helping to heal the ecosystem.
SLEWS program staff support teachers with workshops, planning meetings and retreats to keep the restoration activities connected to their curriculum and classroom needs.