This past week I was able to help with the Conservation Art Show! This is the seventh year that students from Leo Politi Elementary have created nature-themed artwork and displayed it to the public. There were about two hundred people in attendance. And as Leo Politi teachers were gearing up for the performances, students from LA Audubon’s Greenhouse Program were in the native garden area managing different stations for the younger students. From drawing at a distance, braiding long lengths of rope, to water chemistry and a walnut math game, there was a very wide variety of activities there! It was a lot of fun returning to the elementary school for this event, in particular, because I remember helping with the stations in high school. This time around it was incredibly humbling to speak to students who were then in 4th or 5th grade and are now in high school.
I think the fact that some of the students who were in the program when very young and are now returning to help support events speaks volumes about the importance of teaching nature content to young children. One of the students even applied to LA Audubon’s Greenhouse Program!
The event was a success. The younger students seemed to enjoy themselves, as did the families who came to support them. I’m really glad I was able to be a part of it.
Aside from the art show, this week there was another Venice tern colony walk-through. And the number of terns seems to be growing, although we still aren’t see too many of them land inside of the colony. We’ll be back next week to see if we find any scrapes, dropped fish, or other signs of use within the colony.