Field reports from

Carson-Gore Academy Of Environmental Studies School

EnrichLA completed this garden in 2014 with help from Gay for Good and Fox Gives. It features raised beds, a few picnic tables, and a horse rail fence.

Carson-Gore starts the year with a colorful harvest

By Danny Yaffe / September 19, 2017

Students at Carson-Gore Elementary were excited to be back in the garden. A beautiful harvest of greens, strawberries, basil, eggplants, and tomatoes made a great welcome back snack. Journals were made to ensure the students retain and engage in their garden lessons. Plant parts were observed, explained, and tasted. -Ranger Dan

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Planting summer seeds at Carson Gore!

By Olivia McClintock / June 2, 2017

Today’s garden class lesson was about seeds.  We learned about seed dispersal, what seeds need to germinate, and seed anatomy.  After the lesson students were able to plant their own seeds for the summer season. We planted, basil, tomatoes, and peppers.

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More Planting and last rotation at Carson Gore!

By Olivia McClintock / May 28, 2017

6/1/17 Today was the beginning of our last series of classes.  We went over garden rules and students got to plant their own seedlings and seeds, to further prepare the garden for the summer.  After students had a chance to explore the garden.  

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Finding pollinators in our garden

By Olivia McClintock / May 15, 2017

On this day in the garden we discussed the importance of pollinators and the role they play in making our garden successful.  After the lesson students went into the garden to identify as many pollinators as they could. Then we drew pictures of the pollinators we found.  For snack we had carrots .

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Carson Gore Elementary Edible Garden colors

By team / May 8, 2017
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What is an Ecosystem? at Carson Gore

By Olivia McClintock / April 2, 2017

Today’s lesson was about ecosystems.  We learned that an ecosystem is an interconnected set of relationships between living things and resources in a given area. All species in the ecosystem are important and dependent on other members of the ecosystem.  If one group is damaged it affects everything else in the ecosystem.  The kids also…

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Earth foods vs. Factory foods at Carson Gore

By Olivia McClintock / April 1, 2017

Today we discussed the difference between whole foods and processed foods.  Students learned that whole foods are healthy for us and come directly from the earth and haven’t been changed in any way.  Alternately, processed foods typically come from factories and are usually less healthy.  Together, we made a whole foods kale salad that was…

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How do bugs impact our garden? at Carson Gore

By Olivia McClintock / March 31, 2017

Today’s lesson was all about bugs.  Students learned that all bugs have a different and important role to play in the garden.  They learned that some bugs are beneficial to plants, while others can harm plants that we want to grow.  We played a fun game of freeze tag called “friends and foes.” This helps…

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Planting Spring Seeds at Carson Gore

By Olivia McClintock / March 30, 2017

Students learned to plant their own seeds today.  We learned all about seed dispersal, send anatomy, and what a seed needs to germinate and grow. The students planted several varieties of seeds that they will be able to check on for growth over the next few weeks.  For snack today we tried a tasty beet (check…

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What’s new? at Carson Gore

By Olivia McClintock / March 29, 2017

Today a new set of classes started their 6 week session in the garden.  We went over garden rules, the most important being to respect all living things in our garden.  The students spent time exploring the garden and recording what they observed with their five senses.  At the end of class we tasted yummy cabbage…

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Edible Plant Parts at Carson Gore

By Olivia McClintock / March 29, 2017

Today students learned about the different parts of plants and their function. They learned that not all parts of a plant are edible and which parts were okay to eat.  We split up into groups and went on a garden scavenger hunt for plants that had edible roots, leaves, flowers, seeds, or stems. At the end…

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Carson-Gore – Weeding and Woodchips

By Jeff Mailes / March 20, 2017

Hello Garden Friends, This weekend the Carson-Gore community got a big helping hand from the strong capable women in Kappa Alpha Kappa UCLA chapter. From 9 to 1 these ladies helped weed all the pathways and unloaded about 7 cubic yards of fresh woodchips on top of the bare soil. The woodchips not only give the garden…

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Healthy whole foods!

By Olivia McClintock / February 15, 2017

  2/9/17   Today students learned about the difference between whole foods and processed foods.  We talked about how whole foods come directly from the earth and contain the most nutrition for our bodies.  We discussed and identified different types of processed foods (that come from a factory) that contain less nutrients for our bodies.…

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Bugs in the garden

By Olivia McClintock / February 15, 2017

2/2/17 Today students learned about all of the different types of bugs that can be found in the garden!  We talked about the importance of pollinators, bugs that help make the soil richer, bugs that eat other pest bugs in the garden, and of course the “bad” bugs that can harm the plants.  Older students…

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Seeds!

By Olivia McClintock / February 15, 2017

  1/19/17 Our first day of the new year that was sunny enough to go out in the garden!  Older students read “A Seed is Sleepy” we discussed seed anatomy, seed dispersal, the importance of seeds, and lots of other fun facts about seeds.  The students then had the chance to plant a few of…

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Plant Parts!

By Olivia McClintock / February 15, 2017

1/12/17 Classes were held indoors due to all of the rain.  We discussed the parts of the plant and their functions.  Older students completed a plant parts worksheet worksheet, and younger students drew pictures of plants including, roots, leaves, stems, and flowers.

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Making Herbal Tea

By Olivia McClintock / December 18, 2016

  For the last class of our six week series students learned all about the herbs in our garden.  We took a tour and learned to identify the lavender, mint, thyme, rosemary, and basil growing in the garden.  Many students already knew that herbs could be used to make tea, and thats exactly what we…

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Healthy Whole Foods!

By Olivia McClintock / December 18, 2016

12/1/16 Our garden class on the first week on December was spent learning about the difference between hole (from the Earth) and processed (from a factory) foods.  The kids learned about the importance of incorporating plenty of nutrient rich whole foods into their diet.  Everyone wrote down 5 of their favorite foods and as a class…

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Composting!

By Olivia McClintock / November 20, 2016

11/17/16 Today in class we talked about Trash.  Where does our trash go after we put it in the trashcan and it gets taken away?  We talked about how landfills and dumps are not good for the environment and how reusing, recycling, and composting can benefit our planet.  We focused on the compost pile in…

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Seeds, hawks, and the ecosystem!

By Olivia McClintock / November 20, 2016

trim.1DA56390-960D-41EA-A5C7-A3EF29D467BD 11/10/16   Today was an extra special day in our garden class, because we had a  Hawk come visit us right at the beginning of our first class.  He flew around the yard for about 15 minutes next to the garden catching mice, as the kids watched in amazement.  What started out as just a…

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Friends and Foes!

By Olivia McClintock / November 4, 2016

(polle 11/3/16 Today was a super fun day filled with creepy crawly bugs! Students went on a bug hunt, to see what kind of critters were living in our garden. We then discussed what we found, and how certain bugs are beneficial to the garden (pollinators, decomposers, and bugs who eat pests) and certain bugs harm…

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Parts of the Plant!

By Olivia McClintock / November 1, 2016

10/27/16   During this class we reviewed in depth the parts of the plant.  We talked about the functions of each plant part (roots, stem, leaves, flower, fruit, and seeds) and how each part had an important job for helping the plant survive.  We completed a worksheet together as a class, that diagrammed each plant…

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New classes learn the rules of the garden

By Olivia McClintock / November 1, 2016

10/20/16   This was the first day of our new group of classes, so the students learned about the rules of the garden.  We learned about why it is important to respect all living things and how every living thing has an important role in the garden.  We also learned about some basic safety rules…

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All about herbs!

By Olivia McClintock / November 1, 2016

10/13/16   This class was that last day of our first session of classes.  We reviewed what we did in previous classes and students drew or wrote about their favorite thing they learned in garden class.  We also learned about herbs!  We took a tour of the garden and learned the names and uses of all…

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Plant Parts!

By Olivia McClintock / November 1, 2016

  10/6/16 During this class the students learned about the different parts of the plant.  We focused on what the word edible means and went over which parts of the plants students could eat.  They learned that some vegetables are roots, some are flowers, some are stems, and some are leaves.  They also learned that…

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Seeds, friends, and Foes.

By Olivia McClintock / October 4, 2016

This week third graders learned about bugs that are friends in the garden, and bugs that are foes in the garden.  Kindergarteners learned about seeds, and got to plant seeds around the garden.  We also harvested this week and tasted some delicious tomatoes.

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Learning about Bugs at Carson-Gore

By Olivia McClintock / September 27, 2016

During our second class of the year at Carson-Gore Kindergarteners learned about different species of bugs that live in the garden.  They learned that some bugs help plants in the garden, and some hurt the plants.  We went on a bug scavenger hunt to see what “good” and “bad” bugs the kids could find. 

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Exploring the Garden at Carson-Gore

By Olivia McClintock / September 27, 2016

At the first day of classes at Carson-Gore, we learned about the garden rules, explored how the garden had changed over the summer, and tasted some delicious watermelon.  

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Carson Gore Elementary

By team / June 1, 2016
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Gardening at Carson-Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / May 17, 2016

 

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Gardening at Carson-Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / April 28, 2016
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Carrots and Beets at Carson Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / April 22, 2016

This week we harvested and ate 3 colors of Carrots, 2 types of Beets and dinosaur Kale. The kids managed themselves to cut up almost everything.

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Exploring the end of Winter plants at Carson Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / April 20, 2016

The Winter/Wet Season brought us tons to harvest at Carson Gore, but everything is on the last leg so we have started planting the summers fruits and veggies and have begun removing some of the stragglers from winter.  

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Blossoming at Carson Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / April 7, 2016

Had a great day of classes at Carson gore today. Everyone got to pick, eat, and take home a bunch of flowers.  

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Making Bouquets at Carson-Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / March 21, 2016

With about 10 different flowers blooming at Carson-Gore we spent a good portion of the day making bouquets tied together with a lavender flower stalk.  Some of the other flowers involved were Nasturtium, Daisies, Rosemary, Parsley, Begonias, and Chives.

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Spring and the First Flash of Summer at Carson Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / March 5, 2016

Carson Gore is in full bloom right now with flowers and all the maturing winter plants, but we also got the first view of Summer when a few Tomato seedlings popped up close to the compost pile. I transplanted them into the beds so they would not get trampled.  

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Adding Mulch and Exploring the Bugs at Carson-Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / March 2, 2016

We got a delivery of Mulch as I arrived at school on Thursday, and there was nothing I could do to stop the kids from helping me during recess. Who knew they would enjoy moving mulch from point A to Point B so much.  We also got to explore the the large differences in bugs…

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A Sampling of Carson-Gore

By Patrick Migliazzo / February 29, 2016

We have some great stuff growing at Carson Gore right now. I planted an avocado tree about 2 weeks ago that just started showing some new growth. We harvested several heads of broccoli, and we have tons of carrots and beets starting to mature.  

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Alexys Visits Carson-Gore and Alta Loma

By team / February 16, 2016

On a late sunny afternoon, I visited Carson-Gore and Alta Loma’s beautiful gardens. Both were full of bright, blooming flowers and pollinators hard at work. Garden Ranger Patrick is doing a great job keeping up with these fairly large gardens, and the students and staff are very happy with their gardens! There is plenty to…

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Searching for bugs and collecting the harvet at Carson Gore

By team / February 16, 2016

Lavender blossoms for everyone to bring home

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Exploring the new plants at Carson-Gore

By team / February 10, 2016

Exploring for bugs! Looking high and low. Black Swallowtail butterfly munching on parsley. Garlic taking root Onions and lettuce taking off!

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Summer still strong at Carson-Gore

By team / September 17, 2015

 Melons are the later side of ripening. 20-30 Heirloom tomatoes being picked every week.

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A New Grape Vine for Carson Gore

By team / July 15, 2015

This week we planted a beautiful new Concord Grape vine by the arbor at the entrance to Carson Gore’s Enrich LA garden. We also did some harvesting, composting, and most importantly watering.

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Spring blooms and summer plantings at Carson Gore

By team / May 14, 2015

 Beautiful Small flowers are everywhere for the beneficial bugs A young tomato plant starting off.  The first Cucurbit fruit of the season making an appearance

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Bugs and Flowers in Full Bloom at Carson-Gore

By team / March 19, 2015

A grand showing of colorful flowers is on display at Carson-Gore which has led to a flood of beneficial insects. The kids have enjoyed flowing lady bug larvae up and down the plants in chase of aphids.    And I have enjoyed finding different varieties of ladybugs all throughout the garden  

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