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The Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship Program (SLEWS) was developed by the Center for Land-Based Learning, in Sacramento, to engage high school students in environmental stewardship that allows students to practice scientific skills, learn from natural resource professionals, and expand on classroom concepts, while accomplishing real habitat restoration projects on farms, ranches and open spaces.

Students visit a field site at least twice throughout the year to perform conservation work and meet with their mentors. By visiting the site more than once, the students feel connected to the land they are working on and look forward to returning and further positively impacting the site. The Inland Empire Resource Conservation District works with two student groups and two landowners each year to implement the SLEWS Program in our region. For more information on the program, visit the SLEWS website here or contact IERCD Community Engagement Specialist, Crystal Valenzuela at