Habitat projects at Wilton Place!

We had a busy end of the school year at Wilton place by closing the lessons with a habitat unit.  The students identified the garden as the habitat we have spent learning about over the previous weeks. We talked about how topics such as worms, plant life cycles, composting, bees, are all pieces that come together to form a functioning habitat.
The students then identified our greater habitat as the City of Los Angeles. One special thing about our city is that we have easy access to more specific habitats such as the ocean, forests and the desert. This segwayed our conversation towards habitats across the world. We focused on seven: oceans, temperate forests, deserts, tropical rainforest, polar regions, grasslands, and wetlands.

The students were then randomly split up into seven groups and assigned one of the mentioned habitats. They spent the next week researching through some books to form a collage they presented to the class. Like the garden, the students had to identify what systems made their habitat unique.

The early research stages!

Tropical rainforest coming to life!

Getting creative!

– Ranger Daphne

Daphne Lughes

Originally from Arizona, I was brought out to beautiful Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California where I will be graduating come December with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.  I grew up with a love of gardening from spending summers on my papou’s farm in Greece to helping my parents tend to our personal garden in Arizona.  My passion for the environment and gardening go hand-in-hand and I can’t wait to incorporate lessons from my studies to the students I am teaching at Alta Loma!