River Education Fund
Too often students are faced with obstacles which prevent them from learning about our natural environment.
To respond to this need, we have created the River Education Fund.
The fund will be used to directly offset the cost of these hurdles.
It is a relatively simple notion. But a profound one.
We hope you will join us in this effort.
The Fund was launched in February 2010 when Larry Bottroff donated his Stroud Award proceeds of $500 to start the fund. This fund will ultimately be used to support resident student researchers at the San Diego River Discovery Center.
In 2012, we have set of goal of offering 4 student stipends. A modest goal, but one with a direct impact on 4 people.
The other goal of the fund is to support school classes and youth groups with outings along the river. If you would like to support this program, please let us know.
Our goal is to expand this fund in time to serve several purposes. Programs can be designed to meet the needs of donors. Our initial goal is to raise $20,000.
Stipends to enable and encourage short-term student river-related research projects
Support for student river outings, including transportation for groups or classes
Essential clothing, supplies and equipment for youth to participate in programs along the river
We are seeking businesses and others who want to partner with us on engaging students by providing these needed supplies. If a student or teacher contacts us and asks for help for a San Diego River project, we want to be able to do so and to have a network of people that are interested in helping.
Recently, we were contacted by a student who wanted to be part of our Bugs are Cool program but he didn't have a pair of waterproof boots to wear. For him this was an obstacle that didn't allow him to participate. How many others have the same challenge? Something as simple as a backpack or a pair of boots can open a world to a future scientist. We invite you to join us in this effort.
For just $500, you can provide a stipend to a student.
Please consider donating today!
Contact the San Diego River Park Foundation for to make a donation over the phone or for additional information at 619-297-7380.