Students from Rachel Carson Middle School got to see how much their native plants grew over the summer months today! They also saw 5 brand new bat boxes that a Rachel Carson Alumni and Eagle Scout installed over the summer. Students tested water quality, coffee bagged natives and played a riparian metaphors game. Students pulled various items out of a bag and worked in teams to figure out how each item represents a different aspect of a healthy riparian corridor. Through this activity, students were able to recall all the reasons why we’ve been working so hard to restore this special spot along Willow Creek including; shade for a cool stream, shelter for wildlife, toxin filtration for nearby urban runoff and many more!
Not only did students get to experience metaphors but also metamorphosis in action when we found a caterpillar on a native willow tree. We think that this guy is the larva of a Polyphemus Moth, one of North America’s biggest moths with a wingspan of 5/12 inches! Good thing we’ve planted plenty of willow to keep these HUGE caterpillars fed!