El Sereno Middle School. The Habitat Garden. Planned for May 18th.
In partnership with the Mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa and Gay for Good and others, we seek to create a habitat encompassing 12,000 square feet of campus: The land was formerly under bungalows and covered with asphalt.
SCHEDULED DATE = MAY 18, 2013
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Our goal is to create a schoolyard habitat built on sound ecological principles for habitat restoration and on innovative educational programming. Our schoolyard habitat design will be further tweaked as we work with teachers and environmental nonprofit groups.
This schoolyard habitat will offer an opportunity for all El Sereno students to become stewards of their landscape and to engage directly with nature. Schoolyard habitats create an opportunity for on-campus curriculum-based science learning. The students will not only be part of the work day when we build this habitat, but can be part of its upkeep. Over time, we expect the habitat to become a natural extension of their classroom.
This has happened at Leo Politi Elementary School in Pico Union: it is their secret to increased academic performance in the sciences, as well as to the kids’ heightened engagement in all of their academic subjects. (See http://articles.latimes.com/2012/apr/16/local/la-me-bird-school-20120416 ). “Together we can do it at El Sereno Middle” TOMAS.O.GRADY
Create a schoolyard habitat that to the degree possible restores native species.
Create an outdoor classroom in which students learn about science, ecology, and environmental stewardship.
Create a working farm
Schoolyard Greening in Los Angeles and Beyond:
The El Sereno Habitat has been inspired by so many successful models of schoolyard habitats and gardens across the Los Angeles Unified School District: from Leo Politi to Calvert, as well as from Brentwood Science Magnet to Wilshire Crest Elementary School—to name just a handful of the numerous examples of green schoolyards in the District.
The El Sereno Habitat team will work closely with teachers and a coalition of organizations and stakeholders whose goal is to green the LAUSD and to install a garden—native or edible—on each of its 800+ campuses.
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