A Day of Reflection and Patience

Students smile at the camera with their tools and plants

SLEWS Program | Sacramento Valley | March 3rd, 2022

Location of the Field Day:
The Maples – CLBL Headquarters

Partners/Landowners:
Yolo County Resource Conservation District
Natural Resources Conservation Service
Point Blue Conservation Science
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

Mentors:
Beth DelReal, Caring for our Watersheds Coordinator, Center for Land-Based Learning
Jeanne Wirka, Ecologist, Center for Land-Based Learning
Alex Lintner, Grizzly Corps Fellow, Center for Land-Based Learning

Accomplishments: Planted 156 native plants (120 pollinator plants, 36 shrubs) along with tubex and bamboo stakes for each! Transplanted several hundred native grasses.

Summary of the Day:
Pioneer High School students kicked off the day with a fun game of “Mingle, Mingle, Mingle.” If you’ve ever heard of the tune that follows every conga line, then this is a game for you! Getting to know each other one question at a time students answered a series of questions while adjusting the size of their groups based on the number that was called out.

Following a fun warmup, students were asked to demonstrate the proper planting techniques they had learned a few weeks prior and introduced to an additional step with tubex and bamboo stakes. Splitting up into three mentor groups students planted a wopping 156 native plants along with the installation of gopher baskets, tubex, and bamboo stakes. Little did they know their day was only half finished…

After a much needed lunch, students were tasked with a reflection activity during which they had to be silent and utilize their senses to write down what they saw, heard, smelled, and felt. Students were pushed to think critically as we asked them to classify their “notices” and “wonderings” as abiotic or biotic. Introducing students to a smaller ecosystem (a plant) that was encompassed within the larger ecosystem they had just observed students were able to put their statements to practice and see how they related to all ecosystems.

To round out the day students engaged in a transplanting activity, introducing them to the cyclical nature of ecosystems and ways in which humans could make a positive impact on the larger ecosystem as a whole.

Thanks to everyone for their contributions! A special thanks to Yolo RCD who has been instrumental in this field season. Additional thanks to NRCS and Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation whose support makes this project possible.

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