Washington Elementary Native Garden

Volunteers from many community organizations have joined our efforts this summer to transform the courtyard garden at Washington STEM Elementary Magnet.

We thank the wonderful people from Transition Pasadena, Sunrise Movement, Beautiful Bioswales, Pasadena Community Job Center as well as the teachers, gardeners, Coach Z and his football players from Pasadena Unified School District and the Pasadena Education Foundation, and all the members and friends of Pasadena Audubon. A beautiful community indeed.

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.