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Environment Day

Class 37’s last day, Environment & Sustainability, couldn’t have gone much better. The

class met in the morning at the Sanctuary Exploration Center (SEC). This was

serendipitous as most had never been to the center before. Lisa Wooninck,

Superintendent of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary began with an update

on our sanctuary. This was followed by Dr. Gary Griggs, Director of the Institute of

Marine Sciences at UCSC who provided a broad overview of climate change impacts.

Ariel Hunter, SEC Manager, then provided a brief tour of the Exploration Center.

Back in the classroom the class learn more about climate change issues by listening

and interacting with a panel including Dr. Tiffany Wise-West, Sustainability and Resiliency

Officer (City of SC), Tatiana Brennan, Sr. Analyst (County of SC), Chris Spohrer, District Superintendent for State Parks, and Sara Hutto, Climate Change Coordination (NOAA). The

panel shared what they are doing to mitigate climate change within Santa Cruz County.

Then the class boarded a METRO bus for a trip up the North Coast to picnic and learn

how Big Creek Lumber harvests trees while maintaining the health and sustainability of their redwood forests. The day ended with a tour of the Graniterock property, across from Wilder

Ranch State Park, where they learned how the sand plant operated while successfully

protecting the California red-legged frogs found on the property.

Class 37 will meet one last time for their well-deserved graduation at the Seascape Golf



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