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Whittier Middle School Students Preserving Native Prairie at Camp Sagawau

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Whittier Middle School students working to preserve native prairie!

Rooms 301, 302 and 303 journeyed through rain and fog to Camp Sagawau, an environmental learning center located in  Willow Springs. Ms. Wolf, Ms Laura and Ms Rebecca were our intrepid guides who braved inclement weather and frequently unfocused adolescents to teach us all about nature and our role in Her stewardship.

The photos show the safety gear we needed to cut honeysuckle and raspberry  bushes. These are two species which were imported from Europe. Since they have no local predators, they grow in an invasive way, crowding out native species like oak and native grasses and forbs.  We needed goggles to make sure the sticks did poke our eyes, gloves to protect against being cut by the loppers.

We collected native prairie grass seeds from switchgrass and Indian Grass. We found out that switchgrass can be used as a fuel.

500 - 600 Year Old Burr Tree

Alfredo took the photos of the burr oak tree. Ms. Laura told us it was 600-700 years old. Kevin observed that the tree was born way before Christopher Columbus.

Gallery here.

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