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The Tree Care + Mapping event will bring a community together for one purpose- the appreciation of the neighborhood urban forest. I organized the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Facility Department, the LAVC Sustainability Department, the LAVC Associated Student Union, the Eco Advocates Club, TreePeople, Grant High School and Trader Joe's all in an effort to raise awareness of LAVC's campus sustainability. I reached out to TreePeople, a local tree organization, to help us complete the project effectively. TreePeople offered to provide tools and proper training for the Eco Advocates, a school club. The Eco Advocates club created publicity with flyers and posters which were posted across campus. Flyers were also posted around the neighborhood. The event was made into a Service Learning Program at LAVC. College students who participate at the event gain extra credit and service learning experience that could later be used on a resume. - See more at: https://www.rootsandshoots.org/project/community-tree-care-mapping#sthash.mIpvgIi5.dpuf
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The Tree Care + Mapping event will bring a community together for one purpose- the appreciation of the neighborhood urban forest. I organized the Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) Facility Department, the LAVC Sustainability Department, the LAVC Associated Student Union, the Eco Advocates Club, TreePeople, Grant High School and Trader Joe's all in an effort to raise awareness of LAVC's campus sustainability. I reached out to TreePeople, a local tree organization, to help us complete the project effectively. TreePeople offered to provide tools and proper training for the Eco Advocates, a school club. The Eco Advocates club created publicity with flyers and posters which were posted across campus. Flyers were also posted around the neighborhood. The event was made into a Service Learning Program at LAVC. College students who participate at the event gain extra credit and service learning experience that could later be used on a resume.
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We are building 3 bioswales to catch the runoff that is bypassing our school garden. These swales will be planted with nitrogen-fixing plants to build up the depleted soil. Hopefully we'll be catching lots of water from upcoming El Nino events (fingers crossed!) Next we will plant a mix of annuals and perennials in the downslope berms. Eventually, we would like to include plant fruit trees.
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We will map our school community identifying current uses and areas where positive change can be inexpensively and efficiently effected. For example, we will contact School District Administration to request rain barrels and downspouts to capture rain run off.
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The Horace Mann Horticulture Club will develop educational materials and plant demonstration mini-gardens in pots to take to the Beverly Hills Farmers Market Earth Day celebration, PTA sponsored events, open house and the LA Environmental Education Fair. We also hope to develop a website to increase the number of people we are able to educate about our campaign...Drought tolerant is beautiful!
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The rain garden will filter and soak up the runoff water, so this will prevent erosion, misquote breeding, and beautify the grounds. The rain garden will also provide a space for native plants to flourish which will then provide an environment for native insects. We plan to buy native plants using money raised from school and community fundraisers with approval from our school's administration.
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Our photo club will create a variety of small gardens around the school to beautify the environment. We will use current raised flower beds to grow flowers to be transplanted around the campus. The farmer-photographers will document this process and promote this project to all the members of our community.
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We would like to repair the pond in our school's outdoor lab so we can stock fish in it. To do this we need to repair a windmill that oxygenates the pond. We would also like to fix up the pavilion located next to the pond so it can be used as an outdoor classroom space, and reintroduce native plants and remove invasive plants in and around the area so it can be better used as an outdoor learning area.
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The 8th grade students at Saint Paul the Apostle School will lead the community in a greening project for our campus. They will research, design and create a landscape plan that has positive environmental impact. Working with the administration, teachers, students and drawing from the expertise of our parent community, they will lead the school in implementing the plan culminating in a planting day.
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My students will improve upon the garden space as it is right now. They are visiting the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden to take a tour of the native species growing there and to get advice from their expert gardeners. They will be researching what butterflies and plants are native to our local area and make a list of what could be possible to include in our garden. They will meet with the school district's gardener to find out the water restrictions and get advice on how to best use the water designated for this spot in the most appropriate way. Once this is done, they will be working with our school's parent-run EcoTeam to continue to transform this budding garden into a living, learning, native species garden.

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