Gayle Anderson was live with the students at the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership Program, established by the Los Angeles Audubon Society (LAAS).
Gayle Anderson was live with the students at the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership Program, established by the Los Angeles Audubon Society (LAAS). The Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership Program pays students from Dorsey High School, a highly impacted inner-city school, to conduct scientific research at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook State Park, develop and implement environmental curriculum for elementary school students, and lead community volunteers in habitat restoration projects during the course of the school year. The students actively engage and improve their communities and gain valuable work experience for their college and professional resumes.
Students graduating from this program have gone on to some of the top universities in the country, including Brown University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and Williams College. Many students continue to participate in Audubon conservation and education programs after graduation as well.
The Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership Program is the result of a partnership between Los Angeles Audubon and NewFields (formerly EARTHWORKS Restoration, Inc.), with funding provided by the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, TogetherGreen, and Sony Pictures Entertainment. LAAS established the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership Program after collaborating with the Dorsey High School eco-club in the 2007-2008 school year for a habitat restoration event and a bird count. The program began with 12 students. Last year, LAAS accepted 65 students into this program.
Friday, January 17th, Governor Jerry Brown issued a proclamation declaring a drought state of emergency, urging Californians to reduce their water use by 20%. Californians can help save water by planting drought-resistant trees and plants.
According to ACR 173, a state resolution introduced by assemblywoman Noreen Evans (D) and sponsored by the Native California Plant Society, native plants are perfectly suited to California’s climate and soil and a key part of the state’s heritage. In addition, gardens and landscapes comprised of California native plants require fewer fertilizers, soil amendments or pesticides and use 60 to 90 percent less water than conventional landscapes. A City of Santa Monica experiment showed that a native plant garden using appropriate watering methods used nearly 220,000 fewer gallons of water than a similarly sized conventional garden—a 77 percent decrease in water use. Information courtesy ACR 173.
Students from the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership Program are working with native plants at school and on site at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Ballona Creek and Venice Beach, conducting studies with the plants, soil and water. On the science side, student projects range from creating a habitat that suits sensitive or threatened wildlife life the Least Tern at the beach or the Cactus Wren in the Baldwin Hills. This kind of exposure to the outdoors and natural resources for kids in urban schools is paving the way for the next generation of scientists and conservationists.
This program needs $20,000 to complete a mobile laboratory that will serve the students as they continue their science education and stewardship efforts around the Baldwin Hills Parklands and throughout the 127 square mile Ballona Creek Watershed. If you wish to visit this project or to support this program, please contact Los Angeles Audubon Society at their email or call (323) 876-0202.
Since 1910, the Los Angeles Audubon Society (LAAS) has served its mission to protect and preserve birds and their habitat. In addition, LAAS serves over 3,500 students within the LA Unified School District each year by providing hands-on, environmental educational activities. As part of their science education, students go outdoors to experience nature first-hand and learn about ecology, biology, habitat restoration and environmental science.
The Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Internship and Restoration Leadership Program
Los Angeles Audubon Society
P.O. Box 931057
Los Angeles, CA 90093-1057
(323) 876-7609 FAX
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