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Secretary of California Department of Food and Agriculture Visits Project AWE

The California Department of Food and Agriculture Secretary Karen Ross recently visited Project AWE and left a profound impact. Her presence underscored our pivotal role in integrating agriculture, environmental stewardship, and water conservation into educational outreach. Secretary Ross’s enthusiasm for our unique hands-on learning programs and extensive partnerships emphasized the significance of our mission.

I was genuinely impressed with this hidden gem of a property and its strong connection to local schools. Project AWE provides students with unique hands-on learning opportunities about pollinators, composting, and various aspects of nature and agriculture. This innovative community outreach effort forges connections with local government, utility services, and education, supported by countless work hours from dedicated staff. The level of commitment to enhancing the learning experience and the joy of discovering food production through these partnerships and staff dedication makes this property an invaluable educational asset. It offers meaningful experiential learning opportunities that visiting students will remember forever.” – Karen Ross.

Secretary Ross engaged with over 50-second graders and our Splash team during her visit. Her interaction highlighted the impact of our partnership with SacSewer, which has already benefited nearly 14,000 students and continues to expand.

At Project AWE, we’ve provided over 8,000 students (per year) unparalleled educational experiences. Our vision extends beyond this achievement, aiming to further our impact within the community. With an annual cost nearing $300,000, the Project AWE program consistently delivers unique and memorable educational experiences. We are always seeking partnership opportunities to help us connect even more youth to this amazing experience! 

Together, let’s nurture a passion for environmental conservation, cultivate a love for nature, and inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Secretary Ross and her team for their invaluable support in our mission to educate and empower through nature-focused education.