The Whitewater Preserve lies just outside of Palm Springs and hosts a thriving ecosystem that has been largely restored over the past ten years by the Wildlands Conservancy. Home to a large array of plants and wildlife (including bears, bighorn sheep and deer), the preserve protects many native California species and serves as a natural corridor between the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains.
During the week we will work along with the preserve rangers in various conservation projects, such as removing invasive species and planting native species, that will maintain this beautiful ecosystem and help it thrive. All the while, the aim is to enjoy our surroundings and appreciate the great outdoors and all it has to offer.
MEET YOUR SITE LEADERS!
Hello there! My name is Oren Ruffcorn and I am a fourth year Biology major who loves to hang out with friends, exercise and eat good food. I am a huge fan of sports. If you can name a sport I have probably played it, that being said, baseball is my favorite and the Padres are by far the best team in the league. I’m sure you’d love to know even more about me because I’m pretty awesome, so here it goes. I was fortunate enough to be chosen to participate at the Wind Wolves Preserve two years ago for my Alternative Spring Break trip, and I must say that it was one of the most incredible weeks of my college career and potentially my life. The people were amazing, and the volunteering experience was incredibly fulfilling. I have had the wonderful opportunity of helping out the miraculous Maria Davila as her Secondary Site leader to San Juan, Texas; we were involved with “Human Frontiers”. This year, I am more than privileged to be working with the notorious Natalie Queally this coming Spring. This experience is second to none. Pull out the app, fill it out, and apply for this hella sick opportunity. You might even gain a great profile picture like mine, which is featured on the left (taken at Wind Wolves Preserve, Photo Credit: Kathleen Yap). Later, dawggy.
Hello! My name is Natalie and I’m a fourth year Geography and Environmental Studies major with a double minor in Conservation Biology and GIS. As you can tell by my main areas of study, I really love being in (and learning about) the outdoors. I also love traveling, swimming in the ocean, obsessing over my perfect doggies, playing guitar, and eating mashed potatoes. Being involved in environmental trips with ASB has been the highlight of my UCLA career. This will be my third trip with the program, and the first time leading at my very own site! I have the distinct honor of leading this trip with Oren, someone that always has a positive and hilarious attitude and loves the wilderness even more than me. We’re going to have a great time learning about the ways humans interact with their environment, and we’re gonna spend a lot of time outside. I hope you’re inspired to join the team!