April 15, 2009
Acterra's mission is focused on teaching people how to make small, sustainable changes to their lives which collectively will have a huge impact on the environment. Their stewardship program focuses on restoring native plants at the Arastradero Preserve in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as educating local middle and high school students on the importance of being good stewards of the Earth. The youth are taken to one of several local parks to plant pollinator gardens, or they are brought to the preserve to understand how difficult it is to reverse poor environmental decisions of the past. As someone who has volunteered with the stewardship program, I know that restoring the local ecosystem is never-ending, back-breaking work. Most of the invasive plants in the area will take years, if not decades, to erradicate. And yet, even in the face of this enormous task, the staff are committed to restoring the habitat and using their work as a focal point for educating the community on the importance of protecting our habitat. By focusing on both repairing the damage done to the environment and preventing future damage, Acterra's programs provide a holistic approach to ending and reversing climate change.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Volunteer & restoration day.