Have you noticed changes along the H St. entrance to Santa Margarita Elementary School? The old demonstration forest, planted in 1997, is undergoing a rebirth. It will become the Santa Margarita School Gateway to Nature, featuring a native pollinator habitat and monarch way-station with educational signage. Volunteer Bill Kanne (Photo below, R) has been hard at work installing drip irrigation system, in cooperation with Atascadero Unified School District.
The Land Conservancy staff members Lindsey, Nicole and Alex at the site on October 1,2020. They are busy designing the native pollinator habitat and monarch butterfly waystation. Volunteer help will be needed for planting and mulching workdays to be held later this fall. The number of participants will be limited and Covid safety policy will be in place (masks required, hand sanitizer, risk screening).
Vineyard School Oak Ambassador Georgie and her mom shared this report from the woods of Connecticut:
Today, we went out for a trail hike and low and behold this trail is courtesy of a land conservancy! As we hiked, we so appreciated that this land was preserved and not built up with houses or condominiums! Thanks to a land conservancy, we could enjoy this natural setting and it was quite therapeutic for all of us! Georgie enjoyed pointing out all the turkey tail mushrooms, Alex collected acorns and we found some interesting slabs of sedimentary rock.
The Suffield Land Conservancy, like The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County, is part of The Land Trust Alliance, a national network of land trusts. Land trusts are nonprofit organizations dedicated to conservation of lands for the benefit of people and wildlife.
That’s Oak Ambassador Georgie teaching other kids along the Vineyard Elementary School Nature Trail last spring (2019).