Green Valley Project:
Youth-Led Restoration in the Ojai Valley

The C.R.E.W. has embarked on a multi-year initiative that puts local young people at the center of ecological leadership and restoration throughout the Ventura River Watershed. Green Valley Project came to life in 2020, in partnership with students from Nordhoff High School and our colleagues and friends at Pax Environmental, Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Watershed Progressive, Ojai Unified School District and Once Upon A Watershed. 
 
In the first phase, we sought to build upon the work being done by dedicated environmental science teachers at Matilija Middle School and Nordhoff High School, who take students outside onto their own campuses to learn about native plants, collect seeds and cuttings, and use these plants to create robust native habitats on campus.
 
Additionally, juniors and seniors at Nordhoff led oak woodland restoration starting with 2.5 acres at the adjacent Ojai Meadows Preserve. Students and CREW members will take the lead on planting, caring for these new native gardens, tracking plant health, wildlife activity, and sharing our progress with the community.  
 
Spring/summer 2021 has seen the launch of Outdoor Saturdays, the GVP Youth Council, Pax Environmental Science Institute, and the continuation of our Communications Internship.  For details and stories from all of these exciting new programs, visit Green Valley Project’s web home at www.GreenValleyProject.org
 
It is our hope that during the coming months and years, this will be an opportunity for young people to spend much-needed time together and making meaningful accomplishments  Alongside the valuable environmental education that these students will gain, working in nature connects people with each other and gives a sense of purpose and optimism when it could not be more essential.
 
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