CURes actively seeks to collaborate with a number of partners ranging from the local to the international scale. Many of these partnerships grow into ongoing relationships, while some are short-term projects where we contribute our expertise to a specific area of need. Some of our current partners include:
Friends of Ballona Wetlands is dedicated to restoring the remaining 600-acre Ballona Wetlands and to educating Los Angeles area youth and residents about the importance of wetlands habitat. With CURes and the community of Playa Vista, Friends operates the Ballona Discovery Park, a two-acre open air “museum without walls” at the trailhead of the Ballona Creek.
The Bay Foundation (TBF) was founded to restore and enhance the Santa Monica Bay and local coastal waters. Along with LMU’s Seaver College, TBF operates The Center for Santa Monica Bay Studies with the mission to engage in multidisciplinary research on environmental and social issues affecting the Bay and its watersheds and to contribute to policies and actions that improve the Bay. CURes scientists and staff frequently collaborate with TBF on education and research projects that align the missions of both organizations.
CURes operates several research projects in collaboration with U.S. Forest Service urban field stations in the Northern and Pacific Northwest regions, and participates in the newly formed Los Angeles Center for Urban Natural Resources Sustainability, which is run by the U.S. Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Research Station.
The Annenberg Foundation is a family foundation established in 1989. Founded by Walter H. Annenberg, publisher and ambassador, the Foundation supports the worldwide community through its grantmaking, technical assistance and direct charitable activities. CURes receives grant support from the foundation to further development of community science programs, urban ecology curricula and public education of environmental science and policy.
CURes staff and scientists represent LMU as members of the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability (LARC). LARC is a network designed to encourage greater coordination and cooperation at the local and regional levels by bringing together leadership from government, the business community, academia, labor, environmental and community groups. The purpose of this collaboration is to share information, foster partnerships, and develop system-wide strategies to address climate change and promote a green economy through sustainable communities.
The mission of the Council for Watershed Health is to facilitate an inclusive consensus process to enhance the economic, social, and ecological health of the region’s watersheds through education, research, and planning. CURes enjoys a growing collaborative relationship with the Council on various education and research projects as well as the MC4 Network, a program launched at the Council that is now housed at CURes.
The Baldwin Hills Land Conservancy (BHC) has responsibility for managing a number of state and city-owned parks close to the LMU campus. CURes scientists worked with the BHC to develop a comprehensive 3-year park user study to understand the needs of the community, the results of which will help the BHC with park development and programming.
Heal the Bay works to make southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy, and clean. Among other collaborations, CURes partners with Heal the Bay to implement the annual “Creek Week” program, which takes area high school students through the L.A. River and its tributary creeks, teaching students science and stewardship in an environment many have never seen.
The mission of the Youth Science Center is to inform, instruct and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the excitement of science and technology through exhibits and programs that promote learning through interaction. Partnerships with this organization include development of educational program and curricula to engage students in their local environments.
Scientists at CURes collaborate nationally on several current and past NSF-funded grant projects, mostly in the area of promoting and increasing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education through urban ecological curricula and educational programming.