Student Learning Outcomes:
Educational programs offer an interdisciplinary approach by including concepts of life and Earth science, math, geology, history, ethnobotany, ecology, and land-use planning into an integrated curriculum.
Native Plants, Local History:
Our native plant curriculum focuses on the types of plant adaptations that allow plants to survive and thrive in our Mediterranean climate now plagued with drought. It also teaches about native plant use by the first people to inhabit our area, the Tongva, who lived in balance with their environment.
Our geology curriculum teaches about plate tectonics, geology, rock types, watersheds and stormwater runoff. AFC Preserves lend physical features to reference when teaching the concepts of what defines a watershed or drainage basin.
Students can enjoy a hands-on experience of pulling invasive species and restoring habitat. They will learn about the importance of native plants and the threat invasive species can have to an ecosystem. Students can also help with repairing and maintaining our trails.
AFC protected lands are the perfect natural areas to demonstrate the benefits of water conservation. Native plant gardens use l/7th the amount of water of a conventional yard, and displays the beauty of using water-wise, native plants in our landscaping.