Local Students ‘Adopt-A-Park’ To Help Keep Burien Free Of Invasive Plants
Our friends at Burien Parks tell us that Wednesday afternoon (Dec. 15th), several students will be working their last day at Salmon Creek Park to do some additional invasive plant removal and native restoration, as part of Burien’s “Adopt-A-Park” program.
“This has been a fantastic partnership between the City of Burien, the non-profit Environmental Science Center and the Highline School District’s New Start High School,” said Lisa Aumann, Burien Adopt-A-Park Coordinator.
Burien’s adopt-a-park program has partnered with the Environmental Science Center (ESC) and Highline School District’s New Start High School to collaborate on some science/environmental habitat education for students.
It all started when Teacher Beverly Mowrer approached the city with a proposal to teach science while incorporating real life learning in the outdoors. Between 8-23 students (the amount varies each day) are involved in invasive plant clearing at Salmon Creek Park and Ravine. The students are removing the Himalayan blackberry along the hillsides in Salmon Creek Park and will be replanting the slope with native plants propagated in their school nursery. They are also helping remove invasive blackberry and ivy along the stream in Salmon Creek Ravine. The city’s role is providing guidance for the outdoor work, some tools and transportation and the ESC volunteers are helping with classroom education as well as helping provide additional on-site coordination of the student’s field work.
“We look forward to building on this initial project’s success and hope to work on some additional collaborative arrangements in the coming year,” Aumann added. “This project provided a positive outcome for all the organizations involved. We appreciate all the hard work teacher Beverly Mowrer and, more importantly her students, provided to the Burien Community.”
Photos courtesy Burien Parks.