Pasadena Audubon is excited to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the Plants for Birds Burke Grant program to create a native plant garden in Washington STEM Elementary Magnet School in Pasadena.
Pasadena Audubon Society piloted our Bird Science Program this year with Washington STEM Elementary Magnet (WSEM), an underserved public school in a low-income neighborhood in our service area. Through field trips and classroom lessons, students develop an appreciation for birds and a conservation mindset. The native plant garden on school grounds will provide a natural extension of this Bird Science Program. Having a native plant garden to use as an outdoor classroom is a long-time goal of the educational team at WSEM, as it is well documented that school performance increases when children learn outdoors. PAS will design and build this garden, in collaboration with California Native Plant Society – San Gabriel Mountains Chapter and the school community, and other community partners. Amenities such as bio-swales, rain water harvesting, bird feeders and bird houses, and signage will be included.
We are looking for volunteers for planting days. Contact Lois Brunet to get on the list.
Here is the courtyard which will be transformed into a California native plant garden and outdoor classroom.