Bryson Elementary: Students spy things big and small

Students need little help when it comes to finding interesting things in the garden–especially when it comes to insects:

“It’s a wasp!”
“A Bee!”
“A Ladybug!”

As an EnrichLA Garden Ranger, I think a large part of my role is to guide their observations and pique their interest. I know I’ve succeeded when they have questions for me.

While we’re on the subject, does anybody know the species of the caterpillar pictured above? Or, why red worms, Eisenia fetida, are red?

The students of Bryson Elementary would dearly like to know.

Christine Lai

Christine Lai is a UCCE Master Gardener who joined Enrich LA in 2016. She began gardening in California in 2013 when she removed her parents’ lawn and replaced it with water wise landscaping. Today, her interests have widened to include edible and native plant gardening. She keeps a worm bin and misses the open compost pile in her old home terribly.