This team offers students the opportunity to learn how to transform our landscapes into urban habitat, with an emphasis on sustainable practices and plant-pollinator interactions. This team’s work is centered in the habitat gardens of the Environmental GATEway, located at the west end of the Arboretum and Public Garden. Students will use this area as a living laboratory with collections that include the hummingbird garden, the insect pollinator gardens, the native meadow basin, and the large scale stormwater management system.
In the remote learning environment, interns will get an introduction to plant and local pollinator identification, landscape design, garden maintenance and species monitoring. Learning how to identify native plant species and the ecosystem services they provide will be heavily emphasized. Interns will also be trained to actively participate in public interactions and communicate the importance of habitat horticulture.
Quarters: Winter through Spring
Schedule: 3 hours/week commitment for the entire school year
Units: 1 unit/quarter