The Shin Kee Environmental Education Program was launched in 2009. The goal of the program is to provide local school children with an opportunity to learn about the wonders and importance of wetland habitats and its resident species through site visits and hands-on habitat improvement projects.
The Atlas Tract Wetland Habitat Restoration project preserves and restores important wetlands and riparian habitat for many species including the Giant Garter Snake, Swainson’s Hawk and other threatened species. A walking trail gives residents visual access to the wetlands and restored riparian habitat.
The Westlake Villages Water Quality Improvement Project is designed to minimize the impact of urban generated stormwater prior to its flowing into a slough. The project collects and treats stormwater generated within a 566-acre urban watershed and water quality measures such as biofiltration, aeration, wetland planters, and similar water quality best management practices (BMPs).