John Fischer, Life Lab Director of Programs, UC Santa Cruz will be the featured trainer on July 17 for a Next Generation Science in the Garden Educator Workshop at HAREC. Using activities from the award-winning Life Lab Science curriculum, participants will learn how to lead engaging, hands-on science lessons outdoors, link garden activities to Next Generation Science Standards, use garden-based science lessons to reinforce Common Core Math and English Language Arts, and much more. Teachers, administrators and garden educators are encouraged to attend. Optional education credit from the University of the Pacific will be available. Registration is now open.
4-H Student Farm at HAREC is a collaboration with Ventura Unified School District and Food Corps. The farm produced over 800 pounds of food last school year. They are well on their way to top that this year. Spring student farmers return for spring session in March 2015.
The 4-H Student Farm is off and running for the 2014-2015 school year. New and returning student farmers from Balboa Middle School have already laid irrigation tape and planted their new crops. Chris Massa, Food Corps member is back to lead the group in agriculture and cooking lessons each Friday after school.
Although the weather says summer, fall education outreach at HAREC is in full swing. Both 4-H Farm Field Trips and Classroom Outreach programs are full and the farm is once again filled with the sound of children. The big question is….. What is that new structure in the garden?
Over the summer, UC volunteers Judy and John Ascheman designed and constructed a Monarch Waystation. An ample supply of Milkweed was propagated on site to accommodate the many hungry monarch caterpillars that have taken up residence. The Waystation is a welcomed addition to the garden and compliments pollination lessons. Youth and adults alike are fascinated by watching caterpillars munch and observing the various stages the Monarch life cycle.
Many thanks to John , Judy, and gardeners that propagate milkweed and monitor the Waystation plants, caterpillars, and butterflies.
Join the University of California Cooperative Extension in a one-day statewide science project. It's easy to participate. You can join us at the UC Hansen Agricultural Reaseach and Extension Center (UC HAREC) in Santa Paula where we will be celebrating 100 years of science and service all day. Or, you can simply go outside your own home, school or place of work and record observations. Your answers will help build a healthier future for you and your community.
1. How many pollinators do you see? Spend three minutes outside counting how many you see then add the to our pollinator map.
2. How are you conserving water? Tell us how and if you're conserving water in your home, garden, landscape, or on your farm.
3. Where is food grown in your community? Help us populate our California food map by telling us where there's a garden or a farm in your neighborhood.
If you would like to join the celebration at UC HAREC, please do so!! Suggested times:
- Preschool Open House 9-11 a.m.
- School-age Youth Open House 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- Community Welcome 2-5 p.m.
For more information go to http://ceventura.ucanr.edu/ANR_Centennial_/
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Are you an educator or do you work with kids in an afterschool program? No problem! Download our fact sheets and lesson plans to do fun classroom and learning activities.
There are so many ways to participate! Record your observations, share your pictures, and tell us what's happening in your community.
Be a scientist for a day on May 8, 2014