In action at Alta Loma

First some kids in action Then some bugs in actions:

Pests arriving at Alta Loma

The kids had a fun day searching the garden high and low for beneficial bugs and pests. The most prolific were the grasshoppers.

Friends of the Garden at Atwater Elementary School

Friends of the Garden at Atwater Elementary School

On Monday at Atwater Elementary School, students learned which insects are friends of the garden! Friends of the garden are insects like bees, dragonflies, and lady bugs. We learned that friends eat foes, which are bugs that keep the garden from flourishing. The students played a fun bug matching game and later looked through the gardenContinue Reading

Praying Mantis lands on El Sereno’s student

Praying Mantis lands on El Sereno’s student

First catch of the day is a praying mantis on a student’s shoulder, a week after learning about beneficial and harmful garden animals. At El Sereno Middle School ,6th graders start to feel comfortable in garden responsibilities and learning how to treat their school garden space.  

Work Day at Gardner Elementary School

Work Day at Gardner Elementary School

Last Saturday Gardner Street Elementary School had a work day. Community and school volunteers worked together to care for and beautify the garden space. There was sanding, painting, building, weeding, composting, mulching, pruning, and caring for the garden space. Volunteers of all ages contributed to a hard day’s work. On Tuesday when students returned to theContinue Reading

United Children’s Learning Academy: Can you name of the parts of the plant?

United Children’s Learning Academy: Can you name of the parts of the plant?

Our curious and excited garden students learned about the part of the plants and their important functions! First we used a colorful poster of a flower where we explored each part of the plant from the roots to the fruits! We learned how each part has a unique and important function and if even oneContinue Reading

Lexington Primary Center Livin The Bug Life

Lexington Primary Center Livin The Bug Life

Today our classes at Lexington Primary Center brought back the seeds we planted last week..  lo and behold: a bunch of seedlings sprouted! Mostly the radishes and turnips came, we’re still waiting on the carrots, onions, and lettuces to sprout. Maybe by next week they’ll come up! Then, we learned allllll about garden life. Here’sContinue Reading

Hard Work Pays Off!

Hard Work Pays Off!

For the past few weeks at ALC High School, we have been hard at work: two truckloads of compost and mulch arrived and like little ants, we moved it all bag by bag, wheelbarrow by wheelbarrow. The compost will act as a soil amendment to the dry, silty soil and the mulch will prevent waterContinue Reading

Maintaining a Garden is Hard Work!

Maintaining a Garden is Hard Work!

Students at Wilton Place Elementary learned an important lesson today: if you want your garden to look good, you’ve got to put in the work! Step 1: Till the soil.  This is important to break up hard chunks, eliminate caterpillar larvae, and mix in nutritious compost. Step 2:  Pull weeds.  Crabgrass is very invasive here.Continue Reading

Bugs: friend or foe?

Bugs: friend or foe?

    At United Children’s Learning Academy, the kids are learning all about which insects are friends, and which are foes. Mamie Green (garden ranger) taught an awesome class on identifying these bugs. Classes with children as young as 3 years old were out in the garden in search of all types of friends and foes: ladybugs,Continue Reading

Markham Mulchers

Markham Mulchers

The Markham students sure know how to shovel and mulch! After weeding the beds even more this week we learned that adding a thick layer of mulch around the plants, on the garden beds and in the pathways can help keep out the weeds! With all the helping hands we got a lot accomplished inContinue Reading

Garden Spider Super Sighting

Garden Spider Super Sighting

The students at Wilshire Park Elementary were treated to a super sighting of one very hungry garden spider.  This was especially cool for Ms. Heiderman’s 3rd grade class, who had just finished reading Charlotte’s Web!  Garden spiders are beneficial garden inhabitants.  They capture and eat flying creatures, like grasshoppers, moths, and flies.  Everyone was veryContinue Reading

Cheremoya Students Doing A Bit of Everything

Cheremoya Students Doing A Bit of Everything

Cheremoya Elementary’s garden classes are going GREAT. We’ve learned a ton so far, have eaten delicious snacks, and even began planting seedlings last week! Take a look at what our students have been up to: See you next week!

Glassell Park Students LOVE Looking For Friends and Foes!

Glassell Park Students LOVE Looking For Friends and Foes!

Last Week, at Glassell Park Elementary School, our students learned all about beneficial and harmful insects- – We call them friends and foes of the garden! But learning should be fun, so we played a little game of Freeze Tag! Some students were “Friends” some students were “Foes” and some students were Plants. When aContinue Reading

Bug Hunting at West Vernon Elementary

Bug Hunting at West Vernon Elementary

This week we learned about the different bugs that are found in our garden and whether their presence is beneficial or harmful to our plants. We played our version of “duck, duck, goose” in which the children used beneficial bugs in place of the word “duck” and harmful bugs in place of the word “goose”.Continue Reading

Atwater Elementary Studies Soil!

Atwater Elementary Studies Soil!

This morning, the first grade and kindergarten students at Atwater Elementary School learned about the soil in their beautiful garden. After the lesson, students browsed the garden and put their new soil knowledge to the test! After the lesson, a yummy snack of organic black beans, corn, and veggie chips were enjoyed by all!And we can’t forgetContinue Reading

Getting to the Root of the Issue

Getting to the Root of the Issue

This past week at Bryson Elementary we discussed the different ways in which weeds are harmful to the veggies and fruits growing in the our gardens. We learned that weeds take important nutrients found in the soil away from the plants that we want to grow, they take away water from those plants as well,Continue Reading

4th Grade Insect Researchers at Wilton Place

4th Grade Insect Researchers at Wilton Place

I am so super duper proud of the students in Ms. Baillie’s 4th grade class at Wilton Place Elementary.  They found a praying mantis in the school garden and then decided to do some research to learn about its life-cycle, habitat, diet, and behaviors. Check out these awesome posters that they made!  I even learnedContinue Reading

Dig, Deposit, Dampen and Repeat

Dig, Deposit, Dampen and Repeat

The students at Utah St. school put the planting process into practice these past two weeks, having learned how and where to plant seeds in the garden, as well as how to prepare seedlings by planting in individual pots.  Carrots, bush beans, green beans, snow peas, beets, oregano, okra and poppies will soon be poppingContinue Reading

Franklin Face-lift

Franklin Face-lift

  Wednesday and Thursday was the time for changes at Franklin Magnet School in Glendale.  Their old garden, some 6 years old, had been out of commission ever since their part time garden teacher left months before.  Pending the hiring of a new teacher, the parents at Franklin Elementary decided it was a ripe timeContinue Reading

Atwater Elementary Learns the Parts of Plants!

Atwater Elementary Learns the Parts of Plants!

On Monday the sun was shining brightly on Atwater Elementary, where kindergarten and first grade students learned the major parts of a plant (the roots, the stem, the leaf, the flower, and the fruit) and each part’s function! In the picture below, students pretend to soak up the sun, just like the beautiful plants in theirContinue Reading

Let’s Talk BUGS!

Let’s Talk BUGS!

Kids really like bugs, like a lot! This week at Foster Elementary we got to learn about beneficial and harmful bugs that we might see in our gardens. We talked about how some of the good bugs help to get rid of the bad ones, or they have another purpose like creating healthy soil byContinue Reading

Weeding at Markham

Weeding at Markham

It’s crazy how much the landscape can change in such little time. The weeds love Markham Middle school, but it’s because we have such healthy soil! This week we talked about what plants we want in our garden and what plants we do not (the weeds!) We identified many different types of weeds and learnedContinue Reading

Learning the Parts of the Plant at West Vernon Elementary School

Learning the Parts of the Plant at West Vernon Elementary School

We learned about the different parts of the plant, what they do, and what parts we normally eat. The students were very excited to share their favorite parts of the plant and match pictures of them to our plant diagram. They also enjoyed trying some watermelon on this hot September day. One of my studentsContinue Reading

Lexington Primary Center Gets Heavy Duty Help!

Lexington Primary Center Gets Heavy Duty Help!

This week Lexington Avenue Primary Center was lucky enough to host 24 volunteers from the freshman class at Crespi Carmelite High School. It was an unbelievably productive day full of weeding, mulching, shoveling, and wheel-barrowing— especially considering the record-breaking temperatures! The boys worked hard and the garden looks great as a result. We removed the pesky weeds that creeped in over summer, andContinue Reading

Aromatic Herbs at Vine Elementary

Aromatic Herbs at Vine Elementary

Students, teachers, and parents were treated to some strong smells this week as herbs were harvested at Vine Elementary School.  Many parents left with handfuls to use in their cooking at home.   We also harvested some more tomatoes (they keep coming!), jalapeños, eggplant, and a gigantic squash and zucchini.  YUM!      

Yay, Gardening Classes Begin at Wilshire Park Elementary!

Yay, Gardening Classes Begin at Wilshire Park Elementary!

Students were super excited today to begin our round of gardening classes at Wilshire Park Elementary.  We went over garden rules, basic plant requirements, and discussed garden stories from last year.  Look what has been growing over the summer: watermelon! and grapes!   Thank goodness students have this beautiful, shady arbor to sit under onContinue Reading

Need volunteers to build a new pre-school garden in Compton!

Need volunteers to build a new pre-school garden in Compton!

We are building a new pre-school garden for The Crystal Stairs Head Start Program in Compton this Saturday, September 20th! We need volunteers to help us. Are you, your friends and family interested? Come work with our building team and help us install more school gardens in the Los Angeles area. Sign up at EnrichLA.org/Volunteer. ClickContinue Reading

A first experience at the Gardner Street Elementary School garden

A first experience at the Gardner Street Elementary School garden

I live rather close to Gardner Street Elementary, so I volunteered to go tell its story through my photos. When I happened upon the garden, I felt like I was transported to a different world away from our metropolis. It’s a little haven with beautiful new growth. There were a few kids hanging around duringContinue Reading

EnrichLA is getting ready for fall planting!

EnrichLA is getting ready for fall planting!

The seasons are changing and so are our crops!  September is the time when Angelinos should start their winter seeds — lettuce, kale, broccoli, cabbage, beets, carrots, and garlic, to name a few.  These new garden signs will herald the arrival of autumn when they are placed next to baby transplants in a few weeks’ time.Continue Reading

Learning more about plants at Gardner Street and Lenicia Weemes Elementary Schools!

Learning more about plants at Gardner Street and Lenicia Weemes Elementary Schools!

The past couple of weeks at Gardner Street Elementary and Lenicia Weemes Elementary Schools have been very productive!  Students learned about the different parts of a plant, including the roots, stem, leaves, flower, fruit, and seed.  In doing so, they not only furthered their scientific knowledge, but also practiced teamwork and leadership! Before the lesson,Continue Reading

Luther Burbank Middle School Students LOVE Working In The Garden

Luther Burbank Middle School Students LOVE Working In The Garden

The middle schoolers at Luther Burbank can’t get enough garden time! When Ranger Elysa called the class in for snack, they asked to work longer weeding! What diligent and caring students we have.  This past Wednesday, Ms. Perez’s 6th grade class came out to see the garden for the first time. Their summer reading book was about aContinue Reading

Re-welcoming Hollenbeck Middle School

Re-welcoming Hollenbeck Middle School

We are so lucky this year to be teaching again at Hollenbeck Middle School. After a big work day a few months ago, the gardens at Hollenbeck Middle School were cleaned, and now weekly gardening sessions have started at Hollenbeck. The first few weeks at the school, the students learned about the history of gardening andContinue Reading

Going on a Bug Hunt at Vine Elementary

Going on a Bug Hunt at Vine Elementary

Students at Vine Elementary learned about beneficial insects in the garden.  Then they went into the garden to search for the insects themselves. We found many ants and worms amongst the newly growing bean plants.  Both earthworms and ants bring oxygen into the garden soil and allow for good drainage.  Earthworms are especially good forContinue Reading

Atwater Elementary School Garden Classes Officially Underway!

Atwater Elementary School Garden Classes Officially Underway!

Our Atwater Avenue Elementary School students started their garden classes today! Our students are so bright that they already knew all the Garden Rules that Ranger Elysa proposed. Our classes decided to: 1. Respect all living and non-living things 2. Walk and Stay on The Paths! 3. Ask Before Picking 4. Treat Plants Kindly 5.Continue Reading

Tasting Veggies and Learning Weeds at Foster

Tasting Veggies and Learning Weeds at Foster

It can be difficult to fill in for another Garden Ranger.  When that ranger you’re filling in for is named Lily (an apt name for any horticultural educator), and the school where you’re filling in is a shade-less amalgamation of bungalows in Compton’s water parched landscape, that job can be even more difficult.  I pulledContinue Reading

Glassell Park Elementary School Learning About Plants In Fun New Ways

Glassell Park Elementary School Learning About Plants In Fun New Ways

Glassell Park’s garden is looking so wonderful! Stay tuned for a sneak peek of an eggplant that just started flourishing This week at Glassell Park Elementary School, our students broke down plants by part to learn about all their different functions. While weeding, Garden Ranger Elysa found the huge root system pictured below. What a perfect way toContinue Reading

Lexington Avenue Primary Center Having Fun This Week!

Lexington Avenue Primary Center Having Fun This Week!

Last week at Lexington Avenue Primary Center our 2nd graders divided into garden groups and were introduced to the garden! Some of our ultra-creative garden names are: *Funny Tomatoes *Silly Sunflowers *Crunchy Carrots *Squishy Lemons *Super Sweet Strawberries *Juicy Watermelons *Healthy Apples *And many, many more! This week, we got the chance to learn about the ah-mazingContinue Reading

Tomato Hornworm Alert!

Tomato Hornworm Alert!

Look at this bugger that we found hanging out on the tomato plants at Wilton Place Elementary.  This is a Tomato Hornworm caterpillar. This one was about 2.5 inches long.  He has a pointy brown pokey thing on his rear end – you can see it in the bottom right of the photograph.  These caterpillars munchContinue Reading

Exploring the Gardens at Gardner Street and Weemes Elementary Schools

Exploring the Gardens at Gardner Street and Weemes Elementary Schools

Students were excited to spruce up and explore the gardens with their Garden Ranger Teacher after the long summer break. Students worked together to pick up litter, prune dead leaves and fallen fruit from growing plants, and explore their gardens. Students were invited to wander through the garden and document their observations on paper. OneContinue Reading

Little Gardeners and Lots of Fun at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Little Gardeners and Lots of Fun at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Vibrant colors will go from garden to plate! We’ve started harvesting and making room for the broccoli, onions, and kale that have been planted. We found strawberries! We tried hummus with cucumbers and cauliflower, and this little one kept asking for more even after class was over. We love trying new things and watching ourContinue Reading

Introduction to Academic Leadership Community

Introduction to Academic Leadership Community

I went to Academic Leadership Community (ALC) for the first time two weeks ago. ALC is one of the many high schools which share the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, located just east of MacArthur Park. Immediately I was drawn to the design of the complex, which uniquely combines indoor and outdoor spaces with big openContinue Reading

Summer Blooms and Fruit

We had a great day learning about different plants in the garden we can taste and smell. There are some sweet summer fruits that need to get picked.

More introductions at Carson-Gore

More harvesting and a great time introducing some new classes to the garden this week at Carson-Gore.

New Plants in the Ground

New Plants in the Ground

The garden was filled with laughter and smiles on Thursday as the students of Foster Elementary pulled out last seasons corn and sunflowers, removing any dry seeds from the husk or flower to save, harvested the eggplants and prepared the beds for a new crop. We got some nice fresh greenery back in the garden!

Parts of the Plant

Parts of the Plant

On Friday at Bryson Elementary the students got to learn and participate in a “Parts of the Plant” activity. We learned that every time we eat we are interacting with all different parts of a plant; the leaves, the roots, the flower, the fruit, the stem or the seeds! The students got to see ifContinue Reading

Transplanting and Watering at Wilton Place

Transplanting and Watering at Wilton Place

Our first day of garden class at Wilton Place Elementary was very busy!  Students learned about the different steps and materials involved in transplanting seedlings.  First, they dug holes where there was extra space.  Then, they add compost to the garden soil, which will help nourish the new plants.   A kindergarten class pulls outContinue Reading

Franklin Library Makeover + Barnsdall Cleanup – A Busy Weekend for EnrichLA!

Franklin Library Makeover + Barnsdall Cleanup – A Busy Weekend for EnrichLA!

This weekend, EnrichLA led two community events in the Los Feliz area! On Saturday we were at both Barnsdall Park for the Barnsdall Cleanup day, as well as at Franklin Avenue Elementary School for the library renovation!  We were joined at these events by over 100 volunteers who helped us achieve an amazing amount ofContinue Reading

Programming at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School begins in mid-September

Programming at Juan Cabrillo Elementary School begins in mid-September

Re-introducing Juan Cabrillo Elementary School! So excited to announce our 2014-2015 Garden Ranger Program here. Principal Margaret Lynch could only call out how her students who have graduated from Second Grade, come back to visit, and ASKING, “So, how’s the garden?!” EnrichLA school gardens have made a trademark in fostering student respect and care forContinue Reading

Seed planting at Foster

Seed planting at Foster

The first day of garden classes had the Foster Elementary kids smiling and laughing! After playing a fun veggie game we learned what “ingredients” a plant needs to grow and the basic rules of planting seeds. The students got to choose between a few different seeds and then plant away in the garden!

Juicy Tomatoes at Vine St Elementary

Juicy Tomatoes at Vine St Elementary

Students at Vine Street Elementary returned to school to find their garden full of tasty tomatoes! After touring the garden, each student got to select their own tomato to taste. Look at all the varieties we tried! There were so many ripe tomatoes! We passed out the extras to students at recess and gave someContinue Reading

“Hollyhill Park” – Converting an Old Car Dealership Into a Park?

“Hollyhill Park” – Converting an Old Car Dealership Into a Park?

This week we are meeting to discuss “Hollyhill Park” (and other greening proposals).  Hollyhill park is our suggestion for converting the old Ford dealership on Hollywood into a local park for the Los Feliz community! Even though this is private property, and despite it looking like there are plans to develop the lot, we stillContinue Reading

Markham Farmer

Markham Farmer

Lily, the Garden Ranger at Markham Middle School along with the help of Mrs. Burman, the 7th grade science teacher, have put together the Markham Farmer program. The first two weeks of garden class will include a fun introduction to the garden space about all the amazing things that will be taught and learned, aContinue Reading

Hyperion Bridge at 5:30pm

Hyperion Bridge at 5:30pm

After posting the video from the drive on Hyperion Bridge at 7:30am, we received valuable comments that we should also record a video during after work rush hour traffic. Our diligent intern Izzy Armenta drove over the Hyperion Bridge into Atwater Village. The video was recorded at 5:45 on August 20th. As you can see, there isContinue Reading

The Community Supports Franklin!  Thank you Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf!

The Community Supports Franklin! Thank you Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf!

We have a very busy and exciting weekend ahead! This Saturday and Sunday, August 23rd and 24th, EnrichLA will be running an “Extreme Makeover” of the library at Franklin Elementary School.  We have many excited community members signed up and ready to re-do this library in order to create a beautiful and inspiring learning spaceContinue Reading

Atwater Elementary: All Signs Point To A Great Year Ahead!

Atwater Elementary: All Signs Point To A Great Year Ahead!

With the first week of school under our belts, we’re set to start garden classes next week at Atwater Avenue Elementary!   New Garden Ranger Elysa has been working hard to make sure everything is set for our students! Take a look at what she found this week as she was clearing out some weeds:  Continue Reading

Hyperion Bridge – “Jewel” is Best Option

Hyperion Bridge – “Jewel” is Best Option

“To say that I am dismayed is an understatement in regards to the decision making process for the design of the rebuild of the Hyperion Bridge that connects Silver Lake to Atwater.  This should be a simple decision based on facts, and yet it is anything but.  The Hyperion Bridge should be rebuilt for theContinue Reading

Melon Taste Test at Valley View Elementary

Melon Taste Test at Valley View Elementary

To warm things up at Valley View Elementary School, new team member Garden Ranger Michelle introduced a Melon Taste Test at lunch. As students entered the lunch area, they found Michelle passing out a cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew. “Can you tell the difference?” we ask. A delightful treat in Valley View’s cafeteria and as always, students ask for,Continue Reading

Plants aren’t the only things getting tall at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Plants aren’t the only things getting tall at United Children’s Learning Academy!

Another year of programming at United Children’s Learning Academy begins on Friday! A few inches taller, our preschoolers return to a flush garden, and ready to enjoy new garden tastes at their little garden. Our Ranger Program reaches out to students of all ages. Can’t wait to see the little kids in action, this year.

El Sereno starts school with a bench debut!

El Sereno starts school with a bench debut!

The outdoor benches we designed and built with volunteers over the summer came in handy at El Sereno Middle School’s new activity center. Under this wonderful shade, students hang out during recess to catch up with friends or play board games. These wonderful benches provide for more relaxing sitting spaces in student hang out areas.Continue Reading