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Students hold a sign supporting Earth Day in an Escondido Park.

Conservancy Supports Budget Plan Funding Nature-Based Solutions

The California State Senate released its preliminary budget plan, and it calls for $1 billion to be allocated for biodiversity and outdoor access.

The funds will be distributed as part of the state’s nature-based solutions and includes $500 million for the 30×30 program, $200 million for urban greening/forestry, $200 million for outdoor access through conservancies and other programs and a $100 million Outdoor Equity Grant program.

The senate’s budget, led by Senator Pro Tem Toni Atkins, Sen. Nancy Skinner and the Senate Budget Committee, plays into the Conservancy’s education efforts with our programs such as Trout in the Classroom and the Habitats program for all Escondido Union School District third graders and our mission to deliver outdoor education to all California students in partnership with CalSOL.

The Conservancy launched CalSOL to advocate for all California public school students to receive equitable access to outdoor education. Studies show improved academic performance with the inclusion of outdoor education across all grade levels.

Students who participate in outdoor education are more engaged in the classroom, develop better critical thinking and problem-solving skills, reduces stress and better overall mental health.

CalSOL or California Statewide Outdoor Learning logo of a silhouette of a young man looking through binoculars from the shoulders up. Inside the silhouette is a graphic of a creek running in front of a mountain.

You can help The Conservancy continue their efforts to provide outdoor education to you by donating to our Seed the Future Education campaign. The Conservancy is a 501c3 non-profit and donations are tax-deductible.

Support the Conservancy’s Education Fund.