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!
Welcome to the 2017/2018 school year!
We are thrilled about the many interactive, exploratory, scientific activities we have planned this year! One of our most exciting opportunities for students and families is our new Saturday EarthLab Club: Science & Service. Any and all members of the community are welcome to join us every Saturday at the EarthLab from 9:30-11:30am. There will be a trained teacher who will teach a fun, interactive, science activity for all ages. The last Saturday of each month will incorporate a service activity to benefit the community. So, bring yourself and your family to the EarthLab on Saturdays to have some fun and learn something cool!
The EarthLab Demonstration Conservation Garden is on its way to becoming a community jewel in the 4th District. The first install of plants was February 25, 2017.
October 28, 2017, Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00.
On Coastal Clean-Up Day, NASSCO CRC volunteers prepared the EarthLab for the 3000 Lincoln Cluster students who will be studying there this year. As they have for multiple times a year over the past decade, these amazing, talented NASSCO employees rolled up their sleeves and transformed this outdoor learning space. Working side by side with our students, they cleaned and hauled and watered and did whatever was necessary to beautify the space. A NASSCO event would not be complete without a tasty BBQ lunch, and a raffle for all in attendance. Thank you NASSCO for your selfless service and all you do for the children and families we serve.
Below are the lovely photos NASSCO has shared with us. Enjoy!
The first program, the New Summer Readers-Future Leaders (SRFL) is a four-week, full-day, community-based summer learning program offered to 100 rising second and third graders attending two Title I elementary schools in southeast San Diego. The program engages students in learning experiences designed to reduce summer reading loss, fuel motivation to read, enhance physical and social-emotional growth, and increase exposure to inquiry-based science activities that support new state standards. The program design is rooted in research-based practices identified by the National Summer Learning Association and other researchers. These practices include at least a 160-hour program that serves children of all reading abilities, the use of strong teachers, small class sizes, opportunities to learn outside the traditional classroom, parent engagement activities, and recreational activities.
Groundwork’s role in this multifaceted summer program will be to host students from Chollas Mead and Johnson Elementary twice weekly (per school) for full mornings of outdoor exploration and STEM learning. Students will engage in experiential hands-on science learning opportunities at Groundwork’s four-acre outdoor classroom, the EarthLab. Student-teachers create opportunities to connect hands-on learning to literacy standards and nonfiction classroom reading activities. The program will run from June 26-July 21.
The second program, the Summer Learning Academy, will serve as both an exciting enrichment program for students and an intensive professional development program for 12 participating teachers from Knox, Gompers and Millennial Tech. Teachers will team-teach summer school students in the morning. In the afternoon, those teachers will collaborate in a lesson study format, debriefing the instruction from the morning and preparing for the next day. Teachers will develop prototypes of “curriculum portfolios” based on activities field-tested at the EarthLab. Portfolios will include lesson guides, instructional materials required to execute lessons, teachers’ assessments of the curriculum, qualitative evaluation tools—including science notebook entries—and evidence of students’ learning.
For the 50 students in the Academy, morning sessions will be active learning in the classroom and at the EarthLab. Afternoons will be devoted to enrichment activities that engage local educational providers (Living Coast Discovery; Birch Aquarium; Torrey Pines Reserve; Natural History Museuml; Whale Watch San Diego) in the extension of morning instruction. Parents will be invited to attend all Academy instructional activities. In addition, they will be invited to participate in four specially designed activities led by Teacher Leaders. They will discuss the problems associated with climate change in general and drought in particular and water conservation solutions that can help alleviate the devastating effects of droughts. Topics will include:
- Pollution caused by contamination of water by pesticides, fertilizers, gas/oil, and food waste
- Overwatering lawns and shrubs
- Excessive car washing and driveways
- Soil erosion caused by uncontrolled water runoff.
- Reducing the use of water and reusing water
- Installing rain barrels
- Installing systems that reuse greywater from washing machines to irrigate on-site landscaping
- Landscaping with water-wise plants and native vegetation.
For more information about student registration or to volunteer, please call JoAnna Proctor, Groundwork Education Director, at 619 543 0430.
Join us in building our Earthlab Pocket Park!
This beautiful space is humming with life and we need your help to make it truly sing!
By working together, we can make this a space that we all can enjoy. We’ll be building among the butterflies and the birds as we create a childrens’ play area, beautify our fenceline, paint bright murals, establish demonstration gardens, and put up a farm produce stand.
We bring color to our Earthlab, painting with passion!
Save the date to lend a hand:
Thursday, October 22
Friday, October 23
Saturday, October 24
Sunday, October 25
8am – 3pm everyday
Call Patrice Baker at Groundwork San Diego to make a reservation.
(619) 543 – 0430
Directions to the EarthLab:
Take the 94 and turn South onto Euclid. Turn right onto Lakiba Palmer, right on Dassco, right on Hilltop, left on Carolina … Park at Gomper’s Park on Carolina Lane, walk past Millenial Tech Middle School until you reach the fenceline and turn up the road to your right.
See you there!
Brush Management Zone – Informational Meeting
Wednesday, September 9
5106 Federal Blvd. #203
– Coffee and breakfast treats will be served –
Have you received a brush management citation from the City of
Community representatives and canyon stewards at Groundwork
invite you and your neighbors to meet with City Officials to
express your concerns.
You’re invited to:
- Explain your situation directly to the city Fire Marshall
- Partner with neighbors to reduce brush management costs
- Learn how to comply with brush management regulations
Questions? Call Patrice Baker at 619-543-0430 or email Patrice at