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Youth are helping restore the Kalorama Wetland 🌿

Last week of MERITO's Marine Science After School Beach Camp

For the last 5 weeks, our after school beach camps have been engaging local youth in meaningful, memorable, and fun outdoor experiences at the San Buenaventura State Beach.

Only one week left this fall season on

November 2-6, 2020 Learn about the benefits of outdoor learning here.

To find more information about the scholarships available for the Marine Science Afterschool Beach Camp in the Spring of 2021 (February - March), contact us at


Ventura County residents opinion is needed to shape the future of Channel Islands Harbor

Ventura County residents and visitors are encouraged to take a short survey to share their Channel Islands Harbor experience and help recommend ways to improve the Harbor as part of a visioning process. The Channel Islands Harbor, located in the City of Oxnard, is owned by the County of Ventura and is operated as a County department by the Ventura County Harbor Department.

The survey can be taken by visiting these links: English: Spanish: Participants who complete the survey also have the chance to win prizes provided by Harbor businesses, such as $50 gift cards from Sea Fresh Restaurant and Southern California Jet Skis & Electric Boats. Participants must provide their names and email addresses when completing the survey to be eligible to win a randomly-drawn prize. The drawing date and winners will be announced on the visioning website. A diverse steering committee led by the consulting firm Sargent Town Planning is helping create a framework on how the Harbor will be developed in the next 30 years. The steering committee comprises representatives from the County of Ventura, the City of Oxnard, the Harbor business community, and residential representatives.


Kalorama Wetland Restoration Update

Youth participating in this project have removed over 150 pounds of non-native weeds from the Kalorama Wetland and its surroundings during 10 restoration events in the last 6 weeks. They will participate in 2 more plant-removal events before the beach camps are over on November 6, and the site will be ready for native plant species to be installed in Winter and Spring of 2021.

Youth participating in the restoration of the Kalorama Wetland come from 4 cities in Ventura County. As part of the restoration project, they mapped non-native and native plants within the area, monitored birds, characterized the soil types, and measured soil infiltration. They have also participated in hands-on activities to increase their knowledge and stewardship of wetlands and local beaches, such as wetland exploration, beach cleanups, sandy beach, beach profiles, and water quality monitoring.

Restoration Areas at the Kalorama Wetland


Blue-Green Schools Project is up and running

All schools involved in the Blue-Green School Project (BGSP) are currently scheduling virtual meetings with MERITO Foundation's staff, who will help them complete their project proposals. Their projects will be implemented with funding from EPA.

Students from McKinna Elementary completed the first BGSP project proposal. They are proposing to reduce waste production by separating recyclable items, composting, and eliminating Styrofoam trays, as well as a communication strategy to educate students and teachers on how to reduce waste at their school.


The EECCOA 2020-2021 Program starts with a Teachers Professional Development Webinar on October 20

We will miss the in-person professional development workshops with EECCOA teachers, but we are happy we will be holding a series of webinars with 9 teachers during the 2020-2021 academic year.The first webinar will take place on Oct. 20. It will introduce teachers to the adapted lessons in the EECCOA Distance Learning Activity Guide and other changes made to the program as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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