We are developing the next generation of environmental professionals and naturalists. By investing in groups like Nature in the City, Golden Gate Audubon Society, and the Bay Nature Institute, we seek to build a greater awareness and appreciation of natural history in the San Francisco Bay Area. These groups realize that the motivation to conserve our natural resources often begins with community-driven projects right in our own backyards.
March Conservation Fund also believes that many environmental professionals have critical moments of inspiration while in nature early in their careers, yet they often struggle to find field-based instruction. At the University of California-Santa Cruz, we are addressing this need by 1) investing in the Experimental Learning Endowment and the Ken Norris Center for Natural History to help the Environmental Studies Department support field courses, and 2) by supporting the Wilderness Orientation Program to provide incoming students with a wilderness-based experience just before starting college.