A group of 14 Arrowhead employees and their families teamed up with members of the SCA (Student Conservation Association) on December 7 to make some big strides in restoring Jumbo Rocks Campsite at California’s Joshua Tree National Park. Despite rain, chilly temperatures and gusty winds, some 250 native species were planted that day to benefit the fragile desert ecosystem. Together, 47 volunteers performed 188 hours of service, which saved the National Parks Service close to $5,000.
In addition to completing one-quarter of an ambitious project to restore areas surrounding popular campsites and to develop a new trail system in the park, the successful volunteer effort wrapped up the company’s final joint effort with SCA. As part of our two-year partnership agreement, SCA leveraged their relationships with state and national parks to organize four sustainability events each year where Nestlé Waters North America employees working for all of our brands around the country could volunteer.
More than just native species were planted during this recent event and one of several such activities included in volunteer month at Cabazon. The seeds of understanding about the importance of sustainability were planted in young minds, as well. Following the event, Transport Driver Hector Cardena, Jr. tweeted that his daughter, who had joined him that day, was “inspired” by what she experienced.
Impressed by the enthusiasm and number of our volunteers, particularly those who brought along their children, Joshua Tree National Parks Superintendent Marc Butler stopped by to thank the team and share the importance of our work. “I was most impressed by the number of Arrowhead employees that brought their family members. The kids were amazing workers. It is awesome that Arrowhead’s employees are passing along the value of volunteerism and conservation to their families.” SCA’s Chrissy Remein remarked, “Our Corps members were super excited to share their experiences and ‘encouraged’ by Arrowhead employee passion for volunteering.”
As productive as the planting in Joshua Tree National Park may have been, the results from that day will hopefully blossom for years to come.