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Global Sustainability Project (GSP) - Segerstrom High School


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Local Sustainability Projects - Segerstrom High School

A cornerstone of the Global Sustainability Project (GSP) is the requirement that students provide 40 hours of direct service to a nature conservancy, university or nonprofit ecology organization in their community. The Foundation strongly believes that students should develop an ethic of responsibility for their environment, both locally and globally. The Foundation requires this hands-on service to allow the students to “pay forward” the opportunity they have been afforded in participating in the Earthwatch expedition.

Global Sustainability Project participants from Segerstrom High School will be assisting Amigos de Bolsa Chica in the citizen science monitoring, invasive species remediation, water conservation and docent programs at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Amigos De Bolsa Chica is a nonprofit organization that advocates the preservation, restoration, and maintenance of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Students will also will also participate in the Crystal Cove Alliance Citizen Science Marine Protected Area monitoring program.

As citizen scientists, students will identify potentially harmful plankton species, measure pH, temperature, salinity, nitrates, and phosphate levels in the ocean for the California Department of Health. They will also remove invasive species, collect seeds and re-plant native plants at the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center – creating a display to help educate the public about drought resistant native plants that reduce water consumption. Students will help the Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center preserve rainwater by creating terraces, installing rain barrels and investigating other water conservation methods to implement. Finally, students will train to become Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve docents. As docents, they will educate the public about the importance of wetlands and the critical role the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve plays for birds, marine life and endangered species.