SANTA CRUZ, CA -- In 2011, the Santa Cruz Wharf Outreach Network (SCWON) was initially convened as an informal gathering of local non-profits and research groups with work based at the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to share their projects in progress. SCWON organizations test renewable energy systems and monitor wildlife impacts, promote plastic waste reduction and collect cigarette butts, conduct beach clean ups, monitor phytoplankton ecology, water quality, and harmful algae, lead guided or app-based ecotours and more.
While SCWON work represents a diverse set of interests, the group is connected by the desire to protect our local coastal resources, bridge the gap between research and science and public awareness, and advocate action. SCWON has formalized its commitment to sustaining the Wharf as a valuable community research, science and education platform and is a stakeholder group participating in the current Wharf Master Planning process. With about twenty affiliated organizations, SCWON's primary mission is to provide multi-faceted points of connection and engagement with the Marine Sanctuary to the community.
Along with sponsors like the City of Santa Cruz, Friends of Parks & Recreation, UCSC and Bay Photo, SCWON is planning a free, family-friendly, festival-style Sanctuary Celebration on May 17, 2014. The event will feature local environmental organizations, artists, crafters and musicians, providing a fun, interactive, and educational experience for all. Save the date to join us!
For more information on SCWON contact Tiffany Wise-West at 831-420-5433. For more information on the event, contact Lisa McGinnis at 831-420–5277.