In addition to starting a garden/science lab environment for Castlemont Elementary School as one of its keystone projects in 2006, Michael Lee Environmental Foundation is following its charter by investing in other environmental endeavors throughout the Bay Area and beyond.
Some of our most recent partners include:
The community garden at Santa Clara University has many partners. MLEF was able to provide "seed" funding (pun intended) to help kick-off this community project. Many hands have been a part of this wonderful site that serves the community and partners in sustainable gardening practices. Learn more about the BUG program here:
Over a year ago, MLEF was approached by Committee for Green Foothills to help sponsor a "Garden Tour" that arranged for people of all walks to participate in a tour of local garden and agricultural projects using sustainable practices for the growing of vegatables and landscapes. This year we are happy to announce that we have collaborated with Committee for Green Foothills to fund a similar tour in 2011 and again in 2012. The board of directors at MLEF believe that getting people out to see the work of others is yet another form of environmental education. We are happy to partner with such a great non-profit organization.
At the beginning of 2010, MLEF agreed to fund a garden renovation project at Booksin Elementary School. Booksin Elementary has maintained a garden for students for the last 15 years or more. As time wore on, raised beds, garden pathways, and other structures began to degrade. Wanting to do more with their garden curriculum, Booksin's teachers and parent volunteers designed a plan for a renovated garden that would replace the raised beds with sustainable materials, provide programmed irrigation, and add several unique learning spaces using the garden in a more advanced way for education. The plan was approved by the district in late 2009 and MLEF worked with SJUSD to instigate the plan. If it were not for the work and tenacity of the parent volunteers, this project would never have become what it is today. We are very proud of this work as it will also serve as an education center for other school and community gardens in the area. Along with Master Gardeners, Americorps, Santa Clara University and of course teachers and volunteers, training seminars will start in 2011. Keep an eye on our schedule page for more information.
In 2009, Mike Roa, educator, curriculum developer and retired high school teacher came back to MLEF to request funding for his second project - Conifer Connection. After a successful endeavor creating the Coast Redwood Forest interpretive guide and education text, Mike decided he would bring conservation, environmental education, and education partners together to help fund this new project focusing on conifer forests. A perfect continuance to the Coast Redwood Guide. This project is in its final stages and will be published soon. Mike will be hosting workshops locally to provide free training in the use of Connifer Connections. Check our schedule page for more information on these workshops.
In 2008 our foundation helped support the creation of a redwood interpretive guide that will serve educators, students, and interns for California State Parks facilitated, researched and written by Mike Roa. This guide concentrates on the bio-diversity of coast redwood forests in Sonoma County. One of Mike's partners on this project was Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods. They are a volunteer non-profit organization that supports environmental education in the California State Parks of the Sonoma County coast and redwoods area.
New Gardens Growing: River Glen Elementary, Carlton Elementary, Morgan Hill Community Garden, and our joint project with USF and the Quesada Community Foundation in San Francisco - Quesada Avenue Community Garden
Funded in 2010: Youth in Science, Environment California, Santa Clara Audubon Society, Booksin Elementary School garden and education center, River Glen Elementary garden, Morgan Hill Community Garden, O'Neill Sea Odyssey, Living Classroom, KUSP Radio, Mount Madonna School, Veggielution Community Farm, Mountain Parks Foundation, BUGS Community Garden at Santa Clara University, Bay View/Hunters Point Foundation, Friends of Guadalupe River Park & Gardens, Sacred Heart Community Garden Program, Carlton Elementary School Garden Club, The Bay Institute, Habla Friends of River Glen, Trace Elementary post fire support... MORE to come!
Michael Lee Environmental Foundation is proud to provide scholarship support to the following colleges and universities:
San Jose State University - Environmental Studies Department
San Jose State University - Conservation Biology Department
Moss Landing Marine Lab Graduate Program - Marine Biology & Research Department
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