Purpose: To engage undergraduates with opportunities to explore natural reserves, parks, and other outdoor areas, and to facilitate interactions with faculty/graduate students and other ecological professionals.
On November 11th, we joined the Rivers & Lands Conservancy once again, this time to help in their Sand Dune Restoration project at the Boruchin Preserve in Colton. Here, we installed wooden shims, watered plants, and spread California native seed by hand, all in an effort to protect this vulnerable environment against erosion from wind. With these efforts, we are helping the sand dune environment prosper for years to come. Thank you to everyone who joined us!
On November 4th, we teamed up with the Rivers & Land Conservancy to help with their ongoing restoration efforts across Southern California. This time we joined dozens of volunteers for their Climate Action Day, planting over 400 native California plants at Sycamore Highlands Park. Besides beautifying the park, these plants will help provide a lifeline for our incredibly important yet vulnerable pollinator communities as they navigate the uncertainties of climate change and habitat loss. Thank you to everyone who joined us on this special day!
We took a field trip to the Box Springs Mountain Regional Park and were hosted by long-time UCR Herbarium volunteer, Chris Wagner. It was such a beautiful day to explore the reserve and learn about identifying moss and lichen! There were also many donkeys wandering around the fields grazing.