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 feasts and learns the plant parts

At Carson-Gore the students learned the plant parts and how they are all needed the keep the plants alive (this generation and the next). Many plant parts were available for tasting; fruits, leaves, and a seed stole the show. Tomato eggplant salad with basil and scallions seasoned with peppers was a fantastic treat. A heafty…

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Carson-Gore starts a new garden cycle

As a new set of students starts garden class at Carson-Gore the students made journals and took observations on inhabitants (plants and others). A food search discovered cabbage, eggplant, onions, and basil. Fortunately one of the garden residents was happier hidding in the cabbage than joining the class for their snack. – Ranger Dan

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Compost Lesson and bountiful harvest at Carson-Gore

Carson-Gore closed the first garden class session with a lesson on compost. Radishes were sprouting and there was a large harvest or summer fruit. The compost lesson finished the journals. A healthy 3:1 wet:dry ratio will keep the decomposers happy. Eggplant, olive oil, rosemary, salt and pepper was sampled. – Ranger Dan

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Carson- Gore Academy learns about soil amidst the flowers.

Thr flowers were the real stars even during a lesson on soil. Uprooting a kale plant demonstrated the stability that is provided with the right soil formula. Eggplant and tomatoes with basil; delicious. – Ranger Dan

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Carso-Gore Academy observes the garden life cycle.

Carson-Gore had an exploration of the garden life cycle. They observed the cycle in their own garden. A snack of rainbow chard, bananas, and lime juice was a popular energy boost. – Ranger Dan

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Carson-Gore starts the year with a colorful harvest

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!

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!

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

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

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What is an Ecosystem? at Carson Gore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

  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

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!

  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!

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

  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!

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!

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!

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!

(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!

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

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!

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!

  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.

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

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

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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Gardening at Carson-Gore

 

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Gardening at Carson-Gore

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Carrots and Beets at Carson Gore

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lavender blossoms for everyone to bring home

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