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Join us for FIT+ (Forestry Institute for Teachers PLUS), a two-day workshop that provides training in K-12 environmental educationand special access to guest experts and unique California sites. All participants receive Project WET certification and a FREE K-12 curriculum guide. In addition to water and forestry topics, locally relevant topics may include watershed conservation, fire ecology, urban forestry and more! The training is designed for formal and non-formal educators who work with youth.
With the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the recent publication of California's Blueprint for Environmental Literacy, and the impending implementation of Next Generation Science Standards, Project WET is a valuable resource for bringing environmental education into the classroom and for bringing students outside. The award-winning curriculum guide, recommended by NSTA, provides flexible and interdisciplinary activities for all K-12 grade levels and subject areas, supporting current and emerging learning standards. Project WET makes a great addition to any educator's toolkit!
FIT+ sessions are coming up in October (Yuba County), November (San Luis Obispo County), and January (Orange County). Scroll down to view the flyer or open the attached PDF and register at www.forestryinstitute.org/education.
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UC Cooperative Extension, collaborating with various organizations such as OC Vector, Target Specialty Products, Univar, Orkin, Bell, BASF, Syngenta, and WECO to name a few, hosted the inaugural West Coast Rodent Academy at the South Coast REC demonstration landscapes.
The three day workshop on urban rodent management provided attendees an opportunity to develop skills in staged, real-life scenarios and lectures providing them with a better understanding of rodent ecology and integrated pest management strategies.
While your landscape plants will fair pretty well with intermittent rain storms, your potted plants may have a tendency to dry out. It's not too late to purchase a rain barrel or two. Take advantage of the rain, by capturing it (even if it is only drizzle, you will be surprised at what you will collect), and using it to water those thirsty container specimens saving a few dollars while you are at it too.
During the expo, there was plenty to do for both kids and adults while enjoying their time at the Center, guests were able to sit in on a presentation or two to learn how you go about removing turf, or maybe find out about new water-wise plant varieties, or about new irrigation products. If not engaged with one of the speakers, they might even talk to one of the many exhibitors on hand, catch a 'hands-on demonstration', or taste the wonderful fruits of the season grown at South Coast REC courtesy of the REC's extension program and project researchers.
It was truly a great day - smiling faces everywhere you turned. If you didn't make it this year, be sure to save the date for next year - September 30, 2017!
It was so pleasing to wake during the middle of the night only to hear rain on the roof. What is especially nice is that it is coming down very slow. This constant light mist/drizzle is allowing any moisture that we are receiving to hydrate the soil and the roots of our thirsty plants.
While you can give your irrigation a break for the next day or two, BEWARE - we are in for a big change. The weather service is predicting temperatures in the 90's-100's with Santa Ana winds by Wednesday.
While I know that we typically receive a small amount of rain in October, I, for one, like to think this was a gift from Mother Nature nourishing our plants and protecting our hillsides helping to curtail damage from any imminent fire danger and warm, dry winds.
For now, enjoy the much needed seasonal weather while it lasts!