Opposite Day at Valley Catholic High School

The day was anything but ordinary out at Johnson Creek. When we arrived, Ms. Cole spotted a Snowy Egret on the water! Snowy Egrets (Egretta thula) are a type of native heron which are somewhat rare and sensitve to pollution so it was very exciting to see one at our site!

Next, we learned about the types of plants we were going to be planting. They both have oppositely arranged leaves/ buds. We planted Oregon Ash (Fraxinus latifolia) and Elderberry (Sambucus). We took our oppositely arranged plants and headed for the opposite site of our site, near where the Green Team at Valley Catholic all began about 10 years ago! We passed by mature Douglas Fir trees that were planted by students 8-10 years ago. It was exciting to see that the work of students in the Green Team really makes a difference. We ducked and dodged under and over Armenian Blackberry to get our opposite plants in the ground.

The one thing that was not opposite from normal happenings at Johnson Creek was Valley Catholic students’ positive attitudes, dedicated work, and fun and lively energy. Thanks for a great day!

Thank you to Clean Water Services for funding this project!


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