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Santa Barbara Awarded Coastal Conservancy Grant
updated: Oct 04, 2013, 9:38 AM

Source: Coastal Conservancy

$1.3 Million for Californians to Explore the Coast $67,000 awarded for three Santa Barbara County projects

Fifty-two organizations along the coast of California and San Francisco Bay will soon embark on projects to get people to California's coast thanks to more than $1.3 million made available today by the State Coastal Conservancy.

The "Explore the Coast" projects range from a festival of tall ships in San Diego to assembly of a whale skeleton exhibit in Fort Bragg. Several projects will transport people from inland areas to the ocean and San Francisco Bay, particularly people from underserved communities and those with disabilities who otherwise have few opportunities to enjoy California's most spectacular natural resource. Many projects provide environmental education about the Pacific Ocean, California Coast, or San Francisco Bay to K-12 students, targeting schools in low-income communities.

$27,000 to the City of Santa Barbara for web-based coastal education and outreach including development of a coastal walking map and a central source of information about the city's waterfront. The walking map will be available in multiple formats, including a mobile platform, and will link to interpretive signs installed along the California Coastal Trail and in parks, viewpoints, and other public areas along the city's 6.3 miles of shoreline. Additional online information will enable residents and visitors to get information about such subjects as Chumash Indian culture, the history and ecology of the waterfront, and potential effects of sea level rise.

$25,000 to the University of California, Santa Barbara for its Kids in Nature program to provide opportunities for teachers and students to explore the coast. The goals of the program include reconnecting children to nature and engaging underserved children in activities that will develop an appreciation for and stewardship of the local coastal environment. The program will include classroom studies and student/teacher field trips to coastal areas. In addition, coastal focused activity boxes and lesson plans will be developed, a two-day summer institute for local 5th grade teachers to highlight the local coastal regions and the resources available will be offered, and funding for bus transportation for the teachers to bring their classes to one of the coastal locations will be provided. The program will also expand opportunities for UCSB students to serve as mentors through the KIN program.

$15,000 to the Santa Barbara County Trails Council to improve visitor experience along a 22-mile length of the Gaviota Coast. The council will prepare a printed brochure, web-based maps, and additional information about visitor opportunities and associated historic, natural, and cultural resources along the coastline between Isla Vista and Gaviota State Park. The information will help people get to and appreciate this spectacular and largely undeveloped area.


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