Just recently, Patriot High School from Riverside came out and did a service learning project in the park. The Santa Ana Watershed Association and Inland Empire Water Keeper led the students through the park as they learned about our regions water and wildlife. Towards the end they helped clean up and plant new plants in our Garden in Every School®(GIES) demonstration garden. Here are some photos from that event.

Here’s Brett from Santa Ana Watershed Association helping out one of the volunteers.

Planting new plants. (Don’t forget to take them out of the bucket first)

Listening for instructions with their teacher.

After about an hour of planting, the students from Patriot high learned why we do the GIES program. The importance of water for growing food, and about our mediterranean climate and appropriate plants for our climate. Just because we have a relatively dry climate, doesn’t mean that we have to plant cacti only. The students also learned about different types of irrigation and we showed them examples of drip irrigation that is in the demonstration garden in the park.