Field trip to the Angeles National Forest
This spring, 25 students from YouthBuild Charter’s Lennox branch journeyed out to the Angeles Forest to help restore, plant and care for areas devastated by wildfire. Led by Generation Earth Project Coordinators, Maria Adame and Nanci Torres, the group discovered the importance of the local watershed while planting and watering native plants. As they contributed to the removal of invasive plants, they learned the benefits of native species and their relationship to fire. During their time in the Angeles, the group cared for approximately 50 young natives. They were also given the opportunity to visit a site where they had previously planted. This allowed them to see the incredible impact they had already made in the area. The group expressed excitement at the opportunity to spend time in the great outdoors and learn more about natives and their benefits toward water conservation and wildfire mitigation.
This project was possible because Generation Earth provides FREE bus transportation for environment-related field trips. If you would like to book a similar trip for your students, contact us today!
"Talking Trash" with Students
Students from Crespi Carmelite High School spent an hour “talking trash” or learning about proper waste disposal with Nanci Torres, the Waste Management Coordinator at Generation Earth.
After a brief introduction by the student leadership on campus, Nanci asked for ten volunteers to participate in a recycling relay race. The race consisted of having students form two groups and sort items from a miscellaneous pile placed at the start line into bins placed at the finish line labeled landfill, compost and recycle. Once all of the items were sorted, Nanci reviewed each of the items and answered questions from students.
For the remainder of the hour the students were asked to form larger groups and discuss the following questions:
- What kind of impacts does trash have on our environment?
- Why is it important to sort our trash into different bins?
- If you were to start a recycling system on campus, what items would you need?
Once the discussions wrapped up, the students shared their gratitude and how much they learned from the presentation.
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