Oh Come Let Us Plant!

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Northwest Members Lauren McKenna and Nicole Poletto

Finally! The area of Willow Creek where Rachel Carson has been working for weeks is ready to be planted!  Though there is still more work, there is now a clear area to plant native Oregon Grape, Red Alder, Big Leaf Maple, Snowberry, Ninebark, Red Elderberry, and more.  By the end of the day, Riley  Leonard (names given to the plants by students) and 97 other native plants had new homes by Willow Creek.

Tall Oregon Grape.... dressed in red and green for  the holidays!

Tall Oregon Grape…. dressed in red and green for the holidays!

Of course, clear ground also means lots of mud!  Hence why we need to get those native plants in the ground…to hold down the soil and prevent erosion   For the meantime, the mud was pretty fun.  Muddy pants = a day’s hard work!  Nicole (SOLVE) almost won muddiest pants!

Over the past few weeks, the students had been drawing some of their favorite native plants.  We created a native plant guide from their drawings that they have been using to identify plants.  During this SOLVE day, the students who identified all the plants correctly, as well as named plant parts, won a SOLVE pin!  A great way to show support for Green Team!

Great job, Rachel Carson!  Thank you!

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