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Sonoma County Students Study Redwood Ecology


Sonoma County Students
Study Redwood Ecology

By Patsy Barich

San Francisco-based Save the Redwoods League has awarded grants to Santa Rosa-based LandPaths and Pepperwood Foundation, two non-profit environmental organizations, and to Guerneville’s Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods.

Third and 6th grade students with LandPaths will visit redwood forests and learn environmental stewardship. Teens benefiting from the Pepperwood Foundation grant will participate in redwood science data collection, while students with Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods will study the environment at Russian River redwoods’ campgrounds.

More than $106,000 will be distributed to 24 schools, parks and educational organizations throughout California as part of Save the Redwoods’ annual education grant program.  

“The League’s education grants program makes it possible for young people from all over California to experience and connect with the redwood forest,” says Sam Hodder, president and chief enthusiast for the outdoors (CEO) of Save the Redwoods League. “Even though they live relatively close to the forest, many of these kids have never had the opportunity to visit. We want to give them this life-changing experience.”

Since 2000, Save the Redwoods League has awarded 383 grants totaling more than $1.3 million to schools, park associations and environmental educational organizations across California. The League’s education program has reached more than 460,000 people.


Founded in 1918, Save the Redwoods League is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring redwood forests throughout their natural range. The League has completed the purchase of nearly 200,000 acres of redwood forest and associated land.

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