San Dieguito Lagoon Days
June 5-7, 2012
Learning about Nature
at the San Dieguito Lagoon
600 coastal third grade Del Mar students got an up-close look at the restored San Dieguito Lagoon the first week of June. Two hundred students a day for three days came out to the lagoon to learn about nature and wetlands from volunteers and experts organized by Leana Bulay, Interpretive Ranger, San Dieguito River Park. Teacher Nancy Swanberg organized the program from the Del Mar School District end.
Each day, the 200 students were divided into smaller groups to visit various "stations" along the trail. Each station was manned by a volunteer expert in areas relating to water quality, butterflies, coastal wildlife, and native plants. The students looked through scopes, binoculars, and magnifying glasses. They were given assignments to sketch what they saw and write haikus about it.
Photos below are all courtesy of Park Volunteer Jim Coffee: Jim, we appreciate you attending all these River Park events and taking such good pictures!
Above: Interpretive Ranger Leana Bulay greats an arriving group of students.
Below: Students look out at the wetlands with binoculars and a spotting scope.
Above and below: Students look at caterpillars that will become Monarch butterflies.
Below: Volunteer Jeanne Chick explains the life cycle of butterflies.
Above: Students learn how to make seedballs from native seeds.
Below: The seedballs are stored for the students to take home to plant.
Above: Ranger Natalie Borchardt demonstrates a rattlesnake to the students.
Below: A student studies a snake skin.
Above: Ron from United State Geological Survey (USGS) explains how water quality is tested to the students.
Above: Student sketching a caterpillar.
Below: Students developing their nature-themed haikus.
Below: One day's group of students