Mentoring tomorrow’s environmental leaders
Adrienne Bosler was worried that mentoring, a key component of education and environmental stewardship variety in particular, is on the decline. She ought to know; as the Education Chair (as well as youngest board member) of the Friends of Colorado Lagoon, she helps coordinate restoration and education programming by working with high school students to restore this lesser-known coastal jewel. She also acts as coordinator for the many Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy stewardship volunteer programs, including Saturday Outdoor Volunteer Days and the Trail Crew, which help repair and maintain more than many miles of trails and 1200 acres within the Palos Verdes Nature Preserve. In all, she works with some 3,000 volunteers.
The Palos Verdes blue butterfly was once thought to be extinct, but was rediscovered in the early 1990s in a protected area of the Palos Verdes peninsula during a development project. The rediscovery spurred a multi-agency recovery effort, which is now supported by the work of student volunteers. As a part of her TogetherGreen fellowship, a 12-student action team recruited 94 volunteers to clear 2000 square meters of invasive mustard weeds and then propagate 250 butterfly host plants which they planted on the cleared site. In April, the action team took part in releasing over 100 butterflies onto their restored site and adjacent habitat areas.
Adrienne was able to reach and impact a group of teens living on the Palos Verdes Peninsula. This dynamic project was both educational and enriching for all students involved. She plans to work closely with the high school students next year and to organize events to support a specific cause or critter.