Fun in the sun

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Written by SOLVE Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest member, Nicole Poletto

Sabin-Schellenberg School @ Rock Creek on 2.19.2013

This morning students from Sabin-Schellenberg arrived at Rock Creek ready for the first outing of the year!  We kicked off the morning with a tour from Henderson, a design-build firm offering professional environmental services in assessment, design, and construction.  Henderson will be placing some large woody debris in Rock Creek in order to add some channel complexity and improve stream health!  It was awesome to hear more about the project and learn about what a career with Henderson would look like.

Shawn from Henderson talks to us about bioengineering at Rock Creek!

Shawn from Henderson talks to us about bioengineering at Rock Creek!

We were then ready to tackle some planting!  The area that needed to be planted was once covered in Blackberry and is prone to landslides.  It needed some native trees and shrubs to hold the bankside in place!  Unfortunately, reaching the bankside meant that we needed to carry the plants down the hill and across the stream.  Luckily, Sabin students are always up for the challenge!  With ease, we constructed a bridge to cross the stream and began to plant Twinberry and Spirea along the bankside.  After we planted 110 plants, we got a break to explore the area and bask in the glorious sunshine.  Not bad for a day’s work!

Finding creative ways to get plants across the stream

Finding creative ways to get plants across the stream

Thanks for all of your hard work Sabin and thank you Henderson for coming out to speak with us!

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