Vista, CA, United States
In the fall of 2012, we began a habitat restoration project that was right in our school site’s backyard! With the help of some amazing and knowledgeable parents, we mapped out two acres that we discovered was a conservation easement that had fallen into disrepair.
We organized community work days to replant with native coastal sage scrub, provided owl, bat and bird boxes, and are currently trying to flush out the wetland to rid it of invasive species.
Our PTA provided critical seed money and we have partnered with local businesses, Boy Scout troops and the Fish and Wildlife Service to help us along.
Most importantly, our kids are now experiencing a true outdoor classroom. They have celebrated the return of the monarch butterflies and are currently learning how to do a bird survey so that they can report their findings to ebird.org. We are also monitoring water quality and will soon create educational markers that will be placed in our habitat kiosk.
It has been exciting to watch the kids explore, inquire and become stewards of this amazing habitat.