Living Classroom has been installing two new interpretive signs at its school native habitat gardens. Funded through grants from the Palo Alto Garden Club and Los Altos Kiwanis Club, one sign focuses on the importance of planting native milkweed as a critical host plant for the Monarch Butterfly as part of its western migratory route, while the other informs about the importance of planting native plants that attract pollinators and the important services pollinators provide. Thanks to designer Patricia Campbell for her generous donation of her time and talent to produce these beautiful signs.
Second grade students from the Mountain View Whisman School district have been introduced to the world of Citizen Science this past fall, documenting their observations of native flora and fauna on their own school grounds. By using iNaturalist, a mobile app developed by the California Academy of Science on their tablets provided through Living Classroom, students upload photos and species identification to the broad scientific community which is collecting data on biodiversity and species populations from around the world. Let’s help develop a new generation of scientists by starting at an early age, teaching children how science can help solve many pressing problems our world faces.