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May 2018

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Play Structure Dedication Ceremony

By | Community Support, Farm

When the EarthLab Climate Education Center was established years ago, we envisioned a place that would grow alongside the growth of our community. This dream is alive today, as we work on revamping the EarthLab to welcome more programming and opportunities for the future of climate action. To this end, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. – Epsilon Xi Omega Chapter San Diego made their mark at the beginning of the month.


On May 5th, we were blessed to have a dedication ceremony for the new butterfly play-structure that the AKA Sorority so generously donated to the EarthLab. Speakers from AKA, Groundwork, the Office of Juan Vargas, and more, shared their kind words to honor the work we’ve all been doing towards climate justice and education in the Chollas Creek Watershed region and beyond.

We had a wonderful time being inspired by these amazing women, and the dedication ceremony was concluded by releasing butterflies into the EarthLab, where there are sure to find joy among the colorful flowers in our Native Plant Garden. We were all so excited to christen the butterfly play structure with the butterfly release, and at the end of it all I think everyone present felt hope and determination towards the mission of expanding the climate education and career opportunities for the local youth. Thank you Alpha Kappa Alpha for your incredible donation and strong energy! Generations of EarthLab students will be able to enjoy your gift to our community. Enjoy the photos below.

 

Earth Day at the EarthLab

By | Community Support

 

This past Earth Day, we celebrated our local environment by taking care of it. Over 200 volunteers came to the EarthLab Climate Education Center to answered the call of Earth Day, which happened to coincide with I Love a Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup day. San Diego proved on this day that we care deeply about the natural beauty that glues our city together.

Hundreds of community heroes and NASSCO volunteers joined together to complete a host of tasks necessary to the upkeep of this beautiful outdoor space. Volunteers pulled weeds, cleaned trash out of the creek, added mulch, revegetated sensitive areas, and planted seeds that will grow to match the love of our community members. From toddlers to elders, we came together to enjoy the conservation efforts and to learn how to take care of our watershed through activities led by our university student educators from SDSU and UCSD. People of all abilities had the opportunity to contribute and take part of the events.



JoAnna Proctor, our Education Director, was ecstatic to see the amount of children who came from Millennial Tech Middle School’s Solar Sprint Club, Saturday School, and the EarthLab Ambassadors. Alongside them were younger children from the Earthlab Saturday Science Club. Add to this the NASSCO families and community families, and we have upwards of 60 youth taking part in earth-friendly activities in the “Kid Zone”. This included planting succulent gardens, playing nature made instruments, creating leaf art and flower wreaths, face painting, and a nature play area. To have whole families coming together to share the experience of caring for our planet shows that the future of climate action is bright, and that generations of climate justice leaders are being inspired by our EarthLab Climate Education Center.

We would like to thank our wonderful volunteers, from the community and from NASSCO, their families, I Love A Clean San Diego, UCSD, SDSU, and Millennial Tech Middle for their dedication to the mission of climate action in our Chollas Creek watershed community.