Wetlands Restoration Update
As spring is budding at The Cove, Culver Middle School continues their work in the wetlands. 165 students came to the park to plant 200 osier dogwood whips and 200 coyote willow whips. This labor intensive work required students to trudge through hard muddy ponds, dig holes, plant the whips and net them so voracious herbivores would not eat them before they had a chance to sprout and then haul water by hand in buckets – not unlike the routine of homesteaders in the late 1800’s at The Cove. Students raked the new interpretive nature trail that has been put in by park staff. Mr. Habliston showed students how to put in GIS plots to track and map the plant growth near each pond. Culver High School also came out to visit previous STEM projects and monitor their progress.
Irrigation water filled the ponds last week which will increase the growth rate of the new whips.
In the classroom, students are planting showy milkweed by seed. This week they were rewarded when the seeds sprouted new growth. Next month the new Certified “Milky Way” Monarch Way Station will be planted along the new Crooked River Wetlands Nature Trail – check back for photos.
Posted on April 19, 2016, in Earth Science + Technology, Environmental Education, Plants, The Park and tagged Crooked River Wetlands, STEM restoration project, the cove palisades state park. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.