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Posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 12:00 am

Pacific Gas and Electric Company recently contributed $10,000 towards the Cosumnes River Preserve environmental education program. Funding has provided opportunities for Galt students to participate in environmental education and stewardship projects.

On Wednesday, representatives from the Bureau of Land Management, Galt Joint Union Elementary School District, the Nature Conservancy and Ducks Unlimited gathered to receive the ceremonial giant check.

Last fall, secondand third-grade students from Galt schools collected thousands of acorns for planting projects on the preserve. After the acorns were washed and sorted, they were placed in cold storage.

During February and March, students have been planting the acorns to help restore oak forests.

Wednesday’s celebration site demonstrated the efforts of Galt students working in partnership with preserve staff, according to John Durand, the district’s Service Learning Coordinator.

More than 400 tree tubes can be seen on the several acre field near Desmond Road on the preserve.

Greer afterschool students planned to finish the planting project Wednesday. They have been visiting the preserve weekly to help with restoration projects.

PG&E funding has provided bus transportation funding, Durand said.

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