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Learning Through Nature

Learning Through Nature


Click here to see a slide show about Concordia's new Butterfly Habitat Teaching Garden.

If you plant it, they will come...

If you plant it, they will come...

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The Second Grade Garden Team

The Second Grade Garden Team

Butterfly Garden


Concordia Elementary School and PTA is pleased to announce the creation of Learning Through Nature: A Butterfly Habitat School Garden. Second Grade Teachers and San Clemente Garden Club members have designed an instructional school garden and Junior Gardener Program that ties into the science curriculum for each grade. In addition to a primary focus on 2nd grade curriculum, the program involves other grades in garden based science projects including: rain saver water barrels (5th); worm composting bins (4th); CA native habitat plants (3rd); and in-class butterfly habitats (K-2nd). The educational focus on habitat and water wise gardening will spread school wide.   The pilot project encompasses approximately 300 square feet in planting beds with sustaining portions that now include habitats for 9 local butterflies. The Club hopes to expand this Junior Gardener Program to other San Clemente Schools.   The butterfly habitat garden will be part of Concordia’s new Paleontology Park and Science Discovery Center, centered on the arrival of Splash Lab. The park is expected to draw visitors from other schools, creating endless learning opportunities.   The program is sponsored in part by the San Clemente Garden Club and the Concordia PTA. For more information, volunteer opportunities, or garden donations, please contact: Kris Ethington, San Clemente Garden Club, Junior Gardener Program Chair, kethington@cox.net or 949-388-1107. Feel free to visit the San Clemente Garden Club’s website: http://www.sanclementegardenclub.com


 The San Clemente Garden Club has collaborated with teachers, parents, PTA, and Principal Dave Gerhard at Concordia Elementary School to design an instructional school garden and Junior Gardener Program that ties into the science curriculum for each grade. The school garden will encompass approximately 300 square feet in planting beds and will be part of Concordia’s new Paleontology Park, centered on the arrival of Splash, a 4-9 million year old whale fossil. The park is expected to draw visitors from other schools, creating endless learning opportunities.   The Junior Gardener Program at Concordia, lead by Kris Ethington and Launa Gould, both Garden Club members, is a pilot project the Club hopes to expand to other San Clemente schools. Kris, a longtime butterfly conservationist and Concordia parent, has seen first hand the benefits of sharing butterfly behaviors, life cycles, and their beauty with children through the presentations she made to her children’s classes.    The Club met with 2nd grade teachers, Cindy Moon and Bonnie Hamm, to develop the garden plan which quickly followed with weeding the beds on November 19th by enthusiastic teachers, parents, children, grandparents and Garden Club members, numbering more than 20!   While the children were out on break for Thanksgiving, a small group including Mrs. Moon, Launa Gould, and Kris with her husband, Dave, daughter Dani, and son Hunter, planted the first three beds with perennial and annual butterfly host and nectar plants. This initial planting, made possible with a donation from the Club, has already established the garden as a sustainable habitat for 9 local butterflies, including the Monarch whose host is the CA native milkweed. The 2nd grade students will start several other host and nectar plants from seed in January which they will plant in the six sections designated for their classes every year.   Additional science based projects are being developed to further engage other grades in the garden including: the rain saver water barrel project for 5th grade and worm bin composting for 4th grade. The Junior Gardener Program is certain to involve each of the K-5 grades in meaningful ways. The San Clemente Garden Club and the Concordia PTA have supported this project, but if others wish to donate or inquire about needed items on the school’s Garden Wish List, they may go to the Garden Club’s website at www.sanclementegardenclub.com for more information.   Contact: Kris Ethington Junior Garden Program Chair San Clemente Garden Club 949-388-1107 kethington@cox.net

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