Walgrove Elementary School - 1630 Walgrove Avenue - Cluster 4F

Walgrove Elementary is established as an Certified Wildlife Habitat with the National Wildlife Federation. The students work weekly with a Master Gardner learning how to care for the gardens and hold sales of the organic produce they have grown. The garden program extends across the campus and includes:
  • a flourishing organic garden
  • individual classroom garden boxes
  • dry creek bed/rain capturing arroyo
  • a kinder "garden" that is an official Monarch Butterfly Habitat
They also now boast a 25,000 square foot schoolyard habitat and outdoor laboratory known as the Walgrove Wildlands. It offers all Walgrove students the opportunity to become stewards of their environment by engaging directly with nature. This urban eco-lab is designed for on-campus curriculum-based science education including lessons about native plants and animal species, eco-systems, watershed issues and more. It also facilitates the practice of council and a myriad of outdoor projects that promote learning and discovery.

 The bench needs to be tamped down between layers,
which can be done with metal tools or human feet!
There'll be lots happening at Walgrove during the Showcase - STEAM Cardboard Carnival, kids eco and art activities, food, music and performances. Special guest speakers includes LAUSD Board Member Steve Zimmer and Tree People founder Andy Lipkis. Click here to see a flyer with more information. 

The event includes a council circle at 1 pm to inaugurate a new earthbench, among many other things. Walgrove is drawing lines between garden and social emotional wellness, art, design, project based learning, curriculum, and so forth. All are welcome to this council, facilitated by Kate Lipkis. The structure of the superadobe council bench comes from native soil poured into earthbags . Here  the bench needs to be tamped down between layers, which can be done with metal tools or human feet!

The Walgrove Wildlands was conceived and constructed by parents, staff, students and volunteers from throughout Los Angeles. They work with the LAUSD, Enrich LA, S.M. Bay Audubon 
Society, Whole Foods, Loyola Marymount's  CURes program, Common Vision, Surfrider Foundation, Million TreesLA, Kids4Trees, Theodore Payne Native Plant Foundation, CA Native Plant Society, Venice Youthbuild and volunteer groups from UCLA, Pepperdine and Santa Monica College, just  to name a few of their many partners and supporters. They owe possibly the largest debt of gratitude to their landscape architect, Ryan Drnek of Sodder Studio; he'll be on hand to answer your questions.

NOTE: entrance gate is on Appleton Way at Redwood Ave.

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