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.


Kathy Mitchell · May 14, 2016 at 6:02 pm

Hi Joyce,
What a great event! It is even more inspiring that you were involved in when you were younger as well. I’m a first-grade teacher in Santa Cruz, and I would appreciate any information you have to help me organize a similar type of event here. Nature and science seem to be able to spark anyone’s interest and imagination. Those early experiences and questions can so often lead to an ongoing sense of curiosity, about both natural communities and the communities where we live and work. So often issues of environmental justice and social justice are interrelated.

Joyce Realegeno · June 10, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Hi Kathy,
Thank you! It’s great that you would want to host a similar event at your school! I’d be happy to help you brainstorm. Nature and science, especially combined with the arts, can be so impactful for children of all ages and I’m super happy to know that there are teachers who are willing to take extra steps for their students. Thank you for your work!

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