Valle De Oro Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership (Albuquerque, NM)
One of the newest urban wildlife refuges, Valle de Oro, with the help of Friends
of Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Friends of Bosque del Apache National
Wildlife Refuge, Audubon’s Birds of a Feather Program,
and Center for Southwest Culture,
will establish an urban presence before the refuge officially opens in 3-5 years.
This includes a community garden at the
Mountain View Community Center, a part of the National Conservation Training
Center’s Building Urban Community Habitats with Youth Program.
Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership Fact Sheet
Condor Kids (Santa Barbara, CA): A pilot education program will teach students in heavily Latino elementary schools in the Fillmore United School District of Ventura County about efforts to recover the endangered California condor. The program also will build their skills in science, technology, engineering and math. Students will make field trips to Hopper Mountain Refuge, a condor nesting area, to meet with recovery biologists, learn about condor monitoring and look through nest cameras. Partners in the project include the Santa Barbara Zoo and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Walkill Connection: Fostering Urban River Stewards (Yonkers, NY): The project will involve youth and adults from a low-income Yonkers neighborhood in restoring land near public housing along the Saw Mill River. Participants will visit Walkill Refuge to learn about riverside restoration; refuge staff will make return visits to Yonkers to lend their expertise. Partners include the Yonkers-based Groundwork Hudson Valley urban environmental nonprofit. Youth participants are from Groundwork’s Green Team (a summer youth employment program).
Habitat Is Where It’s At (New Orleans, LA): Underserved New Orleans students will help restore degraded wetland in Bayou Sauvage Refuge, while learning about wetland habitat. Younger students will cultivate and grow marsh grass and trees in schoolyard nurseries. Older students will help with project planning, data collection and biological monitoring to assess restoration success. Partners include the University of New Orleans Coastal Education and Research Facility.
Community Greening and Restoration Project (Denver, CO): Working with the community and partners including Environmental Learning for Kids, the Service will help turn a degraded detention pond in an underserved Denver neighborhood into a local park that connects to nearby Rocky Mountain Arsenal Refuge. The park would offer expanded educational programming for youth and families in Montbello and Commerce City.
PSJA, Preserving for Future Generations (Pharr/San Juan/Alamo, TX): The cities of Pharr, San Juan and Alamo will work with Santa Ana Refuge and students and teachers to create natural habitats at three elementary school campuses. At community-led events, students, teachers and parents will learn about the region’s unique Tamaulipan Brushland ecosystem -- found only in the four southernmost counties of the state – and about conservation in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Neighborhood Environmental Stewardship (NESt) (Philadelphia, PA): John Heinz Refuge at Tinicum and the National Audubon Society will expand a program that engages Philadelphia residents in conservation through hands-on programming in schools, in neighborhoods and at the refuge. The program includes a native plant propagation program at Fairmount Park and citizen science activities at the refuge. FedEx is a partner in the project.