Empowering Los Angeles Youth to Save Endangered Species
Student connection to the landscape, especially in the highly urbanized Los Angeles metropolis, is critical to germinating the next generation of environmental stewards. This project aims to introduce predominantly Latino high school students to local open space by restoring habitat critical to endangered bird species. These students will reduce threats to quality habitat by removing invasive species including fennel and mustard, and they will restore the affected landscape by planting native shrubs that they will grow in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy native plant nursery. The students will develop leadership skills through a workshop with practice during restoration events while collaborating with an elementary school class through pen-pal outreach. Finally, the club will lead a restoration field trip for their pen-pals and teach the younger students how to restore this landscape. This model of students teaching students can be replicated everywhere and is a great way to instill confidence and pride in youth. This project is being led by Adrienne Mohan.