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December 2017

EarthLab Education Corner: November

By | Farm, Public Service, Staff Blog, Upcoming Events


November and December have been incredibly busy and successful months. So many smart students from all of our participating schools! Seventh graders from MTM took a field trip to the Torrey Pines Reserve to learn about native habitats and plant and animal adaptations. The Canyoneers hosted the trip and their trail guides were great. Fourth graders from Chollas-Meade just finished a unit on Climate Action and Stormwater Pollution.

What amazing environmental stewards these students have become. Sixth graders from MTM concluded their unit on Water Quality & Conservation, with an interactive, vibrant four day visit from the San Diego County Office of Education’s Splash Lab. Thanks to their teachers for such a successful course.

ProKids just finished a three month curriculum on Pollinator Gardens and Environmental Conservation. EarthLab Education Director, JoAnna Proctor, received an award from ProKids, Role Model of the Year! The awards ceremony was filmed and showcased on the Golf Network.

EarthLab’s new “Sunshine Storytime” for families is a brilliant new partnership program with Malcolm X Library. Thanks to Miss Cassie for her collaboration and dedication.

Finally, EarthLab’s “Saturday Science & Service Club” is going strong, with each Saturday offering a unique set of experimental, hands-on activities for students and their families. It has been an educational and successful year thus far, and we are all looking forward to more fun and learning in 2018. Wishing all of our friends, supporters, partners, teachers, administrators, staff, students, and families a beautiful holiday season and a brilliant new year. Happy Holidays!


Groundwork & Local Partners Rid an Encanto Neighborhood of Mosquitos & Restore a Piece of Chollas Creek

By | Project Updates


Groundwork San Diego, working with local San Diego partners including City Council President Myrtle Cole, County Supervisor Ron Roberts, and a team of local consultants, has completed the construction phase of a mosquito control project in the Encanto neighborhood.  The project was designed to remove pools that had formed in Chollas Creek just north of the Lenox Drive Bridge due to deteriorated grade control structures. The County of San Diego had identified the site as a high priority treatment area, due to the potential for mosquitos to breed in the pools. The project includes removing the concrete structures, re-grading the creek channel to allow water to flow through, and planting native vegetation along the creek banks.

Photo 1: Upstream of Lenox Drive Bridge on September 26, 2017

The work is being funded by a competitive grant that was awarded to Groundwork San Diego by the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health under the Vector Habitat Remediation Program, part of the County’s Vector Control Program.  The San Diego County Vector Control Program is a countywide effort that monitors vectors and the diseases they carry. A “vector” is an animal or insect that can transmit a human disease. The Vector Control Program works to protect public health by surveying for diseases carried by vectors, responding to public requests for vector inspections, and educating the public about mosquitoes and other vectors.

Photo 2: Upstream of Lenox Drive bridge on November 29, 2017 after construction.

EarthLab Soon to be Encanto Gateway!

By | Farm

After years of collaboration with CalTrans and the City of San Diego, and the help of our community’s strong and effective voice, Groundwork is pleased to announce that the dangerous Euclid South SR 94 offramp will soon undergo a major transformation.

Current Layout:

Modeled after the Massachusetts Ave SR 94 offramp down the road, Euclid South offramp will become a cloverleaf onto Euclid Ave. At the new stop light at Euclid and the offramp, drivers will be able to safely and easily travel north or south onto Euclid.  And the very first thing drivers will see at that stoplight is our EarthLab, our ever-improving community garden and youth and family climate action center.

Approved Plan:

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Alex at the EarthLab: November

By | Farm


Heeeelllllllllooooooo everyone! Alex here, checking in from EarthLab!

Not many interesting things happened at EarthLab this month but still managed to find a few things to share with you all. So, let’s jump right into it………….

I can’t quite recollect if I have shared any pictures of the many fungi that appear throughout EarthLab. But, just in case I haven’t, here are a few.

This one, I found growing on a tree trunk of a cut down tree. It had a very foamy appearance to it with a white and yellow gradient on it. I kept coming back to check on the evolution of this fungus and everyday the yellow on its edge became darker and more pronounced. After a few days the smooth transition of its gradient from white to yellow had changed. It had become a darker tone of yellow with more defined edges. It almost looked like it had a ring similar to the rings of Saturn! Unfortunately, I did not get to capture this amazing transformation of its later stage but I do have a picture of its initial look.


When the plants we have on pots at EarthLab don’t make it, we empty the soil onto a pile for later use. There has been quite a few times when we start to see plants grow from this mount of soil. Here we have some buckwheat and a few mushrooms. Check out the pretty cool looking texture on its surface!!

Moving on to some critter images. Ever heard of Peritoma arborea? What about its most common name, bladderpod? Well then, let me inform you a bit! Bladderpod is a perennial shrub. Perennial meaning that it grows and blooms over the spring and summer, and dies back every autumn and winter. This plant has a foul smelling odor from chemicals it produces to discourage insects from eating it. However, that doesn’t stop these critters from hanging around! These are known as Harlequin bugs. Not to confuse them for the Batman character Harley Quinn! Not sure what the reason is but these harmless bugs LOVE these shrubs! I guarantee you that you will find more than 30 at any given moment!



Moving on to our next critter, we have this finger nail size grasshopper. Such a cute little critter. Can’t say the same for the bigger ones. I’m just not too fond of their bigger counterpart.

Well, that’s it for today! Come check in next month for more EarthLab fun!