ESNR Garden

  • Location
    Watsonville, California
  • Status
  • Age Level
    14 to 18 Years
    19 to 25 Years
    26 and Over

The Problem

Having a natural space to learn environmental science, connect with nature, and fix an eyesore outside our wellness center. We will educate others on the importance of nature, pollinators and have a space to teach classes outdoors. We would also like to grow fruits and vegetables to have our 90 academy students be able to eat.

Our Plan

We are working on creating an outdoor classroom,garden area and weather station for our Environmental Science and Natural Resources Academy. This garden was started last school year and we hope that it will be motivational not only for our current students but that it will also encourage more students to join our academy. We have had the space for the past few years, however, with a pandemic (not teaching on campus), the restrictions of teaching last year and subbing many periods, and this year having to teach all periods our teacher team has had little or no time to work on this. If we receive this funding we can have 90 students involved with the planning and creating of this space and their impact can attract others that love and appreciate nature. Part of the garden is situated near our Wellness Center that is a place for students to go to when they need social-emotional help. We would like for this space to be relaxing and give students a place to reconnect to nature, learn about the importance of native plants and indigenous ways.

Themes Addressed

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    Community Enhancement
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    Reasons for Hope

The Benefit

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Here is how the project went:

It went well. The students enjoyed making something that would be at school after they graduated.

Through this project I/we learned:

Teamwork and how to use tools.

What I/we might change:

Start sooner.

My/our favorite part of this project was:

Creating the bench

Some tips, tricks or fun facts about the project:

Make sure to account for the service charge on the Debit card for each month you don't use it they deduct a fee!

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