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Community Involvement through Education

 

Native Wildlife Garden at Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area

Student & community volunteers planting native plants at KHSRA native garden.Land IQ teamed on a Metropolitan Water District (MWD) community grant with Los Angeles Audubon, Friends of Baldwin Hills, and the California Native Plant Society, Los Angeles and Santa Monica Chapters to plant a native wildlife garden at the Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area (KHSRA). This project included training local youth to monitor the developing plant community. The garden is now part of the Los Angeles Audubon’s middle and elementary school outdoor education program that serves 1,400 students each year, mainly from Title I schools within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

 

Restoration Tours

Spring flowers at Upper Chiquita Conservation AreaLand IQ Habitat Restoration Ecologists lead ecological tours sponsored by the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) every spring. This is a unique opportunity for the public to see native habitat areas that were preserved or restored in association with the construction of Orange County’s public Toll Roads. Tours have included a burn recovery hike at Siphon Reservoir; wildflower and bird watching at Upper Chiquita Canyon; wildlife undercrossing hike at Upper Laurel Canyon in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park; and a restoration and bird watching tour at the Bonita Creek wetlands. For more information about the annual Native Habitat Tour Series, call TCA at 949-754-3405 or visit www.thetollroads.com.

 

Bonita Creek Interactive Classroom Website

Willow tree insect gall

The Bonita Creek Interactive Classroom is maintained by the Transportation Corridor Agencies under a grant from MWD. Land IQ was instrumental in the development of the website which provides a virtual tour and science curricula focusing on the Bonita Creek wetland restoration site. The website can be accessed on-site, from a computer in the classroom or home. The website highlights the role of native plants in the environment and the importance of restoring wetlands and riparian habitats to improve water quality, conserve water, and provide habitat for wildlife. The interactive classroom can be accessed at: www.bonitacreekclassroom.com.

 

Baldwin Hills Outdoor Resources Enrichment Program

Restoration boot campLand IQ and Los Angeles Audubon, with a grant from the Baldwin Hills Conservancy, established a native habitat restoration ecology and natural resource enrichment program at the Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook. Since 2008, this program has provided experiential learning for high school students in environmental sciences, including native habitat restoration ecology and natural resources management. Students from local high schools apply for positions as science interns with a second program for restoration leaders. They actively participate in the comprehensive process to transform the former development tract at the current Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook into a functioning native ecosystem.