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“Thanks for teaching us how to help the ocean! This is the best field trip I’ve been on.” – 2nd Grader from Peabody Elementary School on Explore Ecology field trip.
After learning about local watersheds, marine debris, and how to keep our creeks and oceans healthy, the 21 students from Peabody School were inspired to do more. At the end of their visit to the Watershed Resource Center, these 6-8 year olds picked up 327 pieces of trash on Arroyo Burro Beach… in just ten minutes!
If you’d like your class to learn how their actions can make a difference, schedule an Explore Ecology field trip today. Our lessons, taught by experienced environmental educators, help students understand how environmental topics are interconnected. In-class lessons and field trips covering the topics of Waste Reduction, Water Quality, Composting, and School Gardens are available for public and private schools, community youth groups, and camp programs.
To schedule, call 805 884-0459 x 16 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
When Garden Educator Bianca Pisano made seed bombs with four of her classes at Summerland Elementary School, she was surprised by how much the children loved the process. “It was one of the most popular lessons I’ve taught. The kids really liked the idea of creating little balls of life and bombing flowers into cities.”
Bianca, an educator with the Explore Ecology School Gardens Program, started the class by talking with the children about seeds and plant life cycles. “After the students had a deeper understanding of seeds we talked about why seeds bombs were created. I explained the history of seed bombs as a tool to be used in guerrilla gardening to green our cities. I had each of them act out how they were going to throw their seed bombs to get their bodies moving and ignite some more passion about the project.”
Bianca and her students made about 80 seed bombs out of organic compost, dry clay, California Native Wildflowers, and water. As part of the lesson, each child got a chance to practice their measuring and math skills to add the various components to a big bowl. Bianca explains, “After all the ingredients were in the bowl, the real fun began. We all took turns mixing the ingredients and squishing it around with our hands which let us get dirty and felt amazing between our fingers. When we had a seed bomb paste of sorts, I demonstrated how to create the seed bombs and how much of the mixture to use for each. After that the kids were on their own and loved squishing and rolling the mixture into little balls.”
If you want to make your own seeds bombs, here is Bianca Pisano’s Recipe.
The judges have announced the first, second and third place winners of WATER, our first annual high school environmentally-themed art exhibition. Guest judges Nathan Vonk of the Santa Barbara Arts Blog and Arts Collaborative, Kerry Methner, Editor of CASA Magazine and Laura Denny, Artist and Art Teacher met at the Art From Scrap Gallery to look at the more than sixty works of art in WATER and to make a decision.
Judges Nathan Vonk, Laura Denny and Kerry Methner
After much deliberation and discussion, Nathan, Laura and Kerry awarded First Prize to Ally Ryan of Dos Pueblos High for Runoff.
Runoff by Ally Ryan
Second Prize to Amanda Kirk of San Marcos High for Deep Breath.
Deep Breath by Amanda Kirk
Third Prize to Jenny Valdez of Youth Interactive for Untitled.
Untitled by Jenny Valdez
Don’t miss WATER at the Art From Scrap Gallery. The art is amazing, timely and moving. Artists were asked to create art that corresponded with the theme of water- how it’s used and our current drought. Stop by to see water-themed art by students and their instructors from Youth Interactive, Santa Barbara, San Marcos and Dos Pueblos High Schools on view through November 25, 2014. Gallery Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-5 and Saturday 10-4.
Have you ever attended an Art From Scrap workshop for kids and wished that you could join in on the fun? We’re pleased to announce that our new art workshop schedule includes evening and weekend workshops for adults.
Our series starts off with Exploring Symbolic Drawing with Karen Lehrer on Thursday October 16th, from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Discover how to draw in an abstract and non-representational manner, tapping into inner symbols of the psyche. Participants will experience symbolic drawing in a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
This workshop is for anyone, including those who draw objectively (realistically), those with no art background, and everyone in between.
This is strictly an introduction to the concept of non-objective drawing. The only thing needed is an open mind and life experiences. The cost is $25.00. Click Here to purchase tickets online.
Upcoming adult workshops include Quirky Corky Jewelry with Mary Price on Thursday December 11th, 2014, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. $25.00. Mandalas with Marilee Krause on Thursday January 29th, 2015, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. $25.00. and Mosaic Tile Trivets with Gail Hercher on Saturday March 7th, 2015, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. $40.00.
Most materials for the workshops are provided by Art From Scrap, but participants are welcome to bring additional items if they wish. No previous art experience necessary. All workshops include a glass of wine.
*If you would like to teach a workshop, please contact Jill at Jill@ExploreEcology.org or (805) 884-0459 X13 for details and pricing.
The Art From Scrap Gallery is filled with amazing art for WATER, our latest environmentally-themed art exhibition that opens this Friday at the Art From Scrap Gallery. WATER focuses on artistic interpretations of water, drought, and conservation. Young artists from Santa Barbara, San Marcos, and Dos Pueblos High Schools and Youth Interactive (a creative entrepreneurship academy based in the Funk Zone) submitted art for this juried show.
Guest judges Nathan Vonk, President of the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, Kerry Methner, Editor of CASA Magazine and Laura Denny, Artist and Art Teacher will choose three winners who will receive gift cards to the Art From Scrap ReUse Store: WATER Award of $100, Second Place for $50, and Third Place for $25.
Join us on Friday, October 10, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Art From Scrap Gallery at 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara.
WATER will be on view at the Art From Scrap Gallery, 302 East Cota Street in downtown Santa Barbara from October 10 through November 25, 2014.
Good job, Santa Barbara! Over 1,191 volunteers at over 29 sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes cleaned up our local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks. Over 5,323 pounds of trash and 1,276 pounds of recyclables were collected and prevented from entering our ocean and waterways. A total of 6,599 pounds of waste was removed and 39 miles were cleaned.
This year’s local event was organized by Explore Ecology and Project Clean Water with assistance from the Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara. Over 250 volunteers from United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Day of Caring helped clean up at four sites.
With 75% of the cleanup sites reporting, California had 54,124 volunteers who picked up 576,571 pounds of trash and an additional 109,494 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 686,065 pounds or 343 tons. Impressive!
This tremendous cleanup effort would not be possible without the hard work and services provided by local businesses, organizations and community members who act as site captains and by the many community members who volunteer their time and labor.
If you can’t wait for next year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 19th, 2015, join us for Monthly Beach Cleanups the second Saturday of every month from 12-2pm at Arroyo Burro Beach. For information contact Mariana at 805-884-0459 x18.