Climate Kids-Tribes was invited to join the Environmental Department at San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians for their "Adopt a Creek Day" on April 23, 2018. This event featured restoration planting on site, placing rocks to identify each youths plant for future visits and talking about the importance of Storm Water Pollution Prevention, Preservation and Protection of Natural Water Sheds and Clean Water Testing.
The Climate Science Alliance was invited to bring a module to engage the youth and enhance their understanding of impacts to Oak habitats through the threat of invasive beetles such as the Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) and the Shot Hole Borer as well as climate change.
Alliance staff led a presentation which explored climate change impacts to carnivores, oak trees, GSOB and hands-on-science activities with science observations. Students became scientists for the day and filled out observation sheets about invasive beetles and local carnivores. Our Bessbugs "Beat" and "Bessie" made a special appearance, allowing students to explore the difference between natural decomposes and invasive beetles. All activities were tied to positive actions they can take to help important habitats in their backyard. Students learned about ways they can help these oak trees and chose actions from the Climate Kids "10 Things I can do to help" poster.
A big thank you to the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians for inviting us to participate in this amazing project!
This event was partially funded through the Whale Tail Grant. Thank you!