Once Upon a Watershed

℅ Ventura Land Trust

PO Box 1284

Ventura, CA 93002

Contact

       805-390-0747

       info@onceuponawatershed.org

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About Us

Once Upon a Watershed (OUW) is a fiscally sponsored project that reaches out to youth along the Ventura River watershed to engage their understanding of their water source and the importance of protecting its health through direct restorative action. OUW’s mission is to cultivate a sense of shared responsibility for our whole earth system, instilling confidence and hope by empowering the next generation to make a tangible difference at their local watershed scale.
Once Upon a Watershed partners with the Ventura Land Trust and has support from the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC), California Conservation Corps, Ventura and Ojai Unified School districts, the Santa Barbara Channelkeeper and Sierra Watershed Progressive. 
Once Upon a Watershed have consistently reached youth within 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes in ten public and two independent schools in the Ventura River Watershed. In 2016, we also added a kindergarten program. This includes schools in both the Ojai Unified School District (upper watershed) and the Ventura Unified School District (lower watershed), as well as students at Oak Grove School (approximately 1,349 students and 49 teachers at 12 schools total). The majority of which are title 1 schools representing low-income communities.
Once Upon a Wetland

Once Upon a Watershed began as a project called 'Once Upon a Wetland', started by Oak Grove School in partnership with the Ojai Valley Land Conservancy, Meiners Oaks Elementary School, and Nordhoff High School with funding from the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and NOAA’s B-WET grant program.

Our goal was to connect these students with their own backyard, their home, their place - in other words, their watershed - by engaging them in the restoration and stewardship of the historic wetland located on the Ojai Meadow Preserve, a 58-acre open space directly adjacent to all three schools in Ojai, CA.

Students of all grade levels worked to restore native plant communities out on the meadow by collecting seed, propagating and planting native plants, and removing invasive weeds. Students also helped out

Our goal was to connect these students with their own backyard, their home, their place - in other words, their watershed - by engaging them in the restoration and stewardship of the historic wetland located on the Ojai Meadow Preserve, a 58-acre open space directly adjacent to all three schools in Ojai, CA.

This project expanded into the program we know and love today called Once Upon a Watershed.