Himalayan Blackberry is no match for Forest Park Elementary School Green Team!

What is down hill from Forest Park Elementary School besides Starbucks? A river! This week Forest Park Elementary School Green Team students learned about watersheds and all the pollutants that drain into our streams and rivers. After rushing out to get shovels everyone was eager to see what met them on the trail.

This turned out to be one of the nastiest invasive species known to the green team, Himalayan Blackberry! Without any hesitation shovels were thrust into the ground, roots were pulled and vines snapped. The blackberry was no match for determined elementary schoolers. Their hard work really paid off and the area looked much nicer than it did before.

Once we returned to the classroom, the students reflected on their experience by drawing pictures, writing haikus and great stories. Everyone did an amazing job and we can’t wait to work with them again! Thanks especially to the parent volunteers who were a big help!

Written by Chloe, SOLV Intern

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