Over the past five years we have worked with students of all ages, from 6 to 60 years of age. Our educational programs attempt to highlight the significance of native habitats in urban areas and we truly enjoy being able to involve the community in the work that we do.
It started with a man, a boat, his loyal dog and 46 acres of salt marsh. In 1994 Lenny Arkinstall, Founder and Executive Director of LCWS, made it his personal goal to completely clean Long Beach's Los Cerritos Wetlands, his efforts continue today. A feat previously attempted, but never achieved. While accomplishing this goal he began inundating himself in our local coastal salt marsh habitats by networking with local experts and by taking courses at local universities. Soon, Lenny himself became recognized as one of those experts. Since then, the Los Cerritos Wetlands Stewards have grown into a student oriented, non-profit organization that specializes in restoring, maintaining, enhancing, managing and researching an assortment of urban wetland, marine, and upland habitats. By implementing an adaptable management approach, the Stewards engage each project with an open-mindedness that allows for everyone to better experience and appreciate the diverse natural habitats Southern California has to offer.
The Stewards hope that through holistic education and community involvement, we can build an awareness that will propagate a growing consciousness for southern California's wildlife. We look forward to cultivating a new generation of naturalists that will continue to restore and protect the native flora and fauna that define the beauty of coastal California.
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