Ojai Valley School gets grant to continue conservation work on islands

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Photo courtesy Ojai Valley School
Wildlife biologist Annie Little (center) and Ojai Valley School parent, educates two fifth grade students about the unique island ecosystem.
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
Thanks to national grant funding, Ojai Valley School (OVS) sixth grader and National Park Service Junior Ranger Tigran Nahabedian, will have the opportunity to regularly explore his favorite park, the Channel Islands, with his fellow OVS students. 
OVS students have long visited the islands, but the recent renewal of a $3,500 Hands on the Land grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), will allow students ages nine to 18 to continue participating in restoration work on Anacapa and Santa Cruz Islands, said OVS environmental science teacher John Wickenhaeuser.
“Through this grant, OVS students experience hands-on learning about restoration ecology and island biology. They are able to understand and gain an appreciation of the challenges and rewards of restoring an island ecosystem,” said OVS parent Annie Little, a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who helped write the grant request. 
Nahabedian recently appeared in a commercial for Subaru's “Share the Love,” event, which supported the National Park Service, as well as other organizations.
“My number one goal is getting more fans out to parks, because some animals and plants are only found in one place in the world, and that's in some of our national parks,” he said.

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