Connecting Creeks to Climate Change

Connecting Creeks to Climate Change

“What’s that?” asked a curious fourth grade student. We were standing on the bridge over San Francisquito Creek near El Palo Alto Park, where a class from a nearby Palo Alto elementary school had gathered to learn about the history of the park and to plant native plants along the path.

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A Deep-rooted Friendship: Stanford and Grassroots Ecology

A Deep-rooted Friendship: Stanford and Grassroots Ecology

The benefits of neighboring one of the best universities in the world are plentiful. From our organization’s onset, we have enjoyed a strong and mutually-supportive relationship with Stanford University that has taken on many forms. Stanford groups volunteer to restore our local open spaces, including the annual Beyond the Farm event, and the Stanford Conservation Program collaborates on projects that help restore Matadero and San Francisquito Creeks. One of our favorite ways we’ve collaborated with our neighbor is through the Open Space Management Practicum, a class in the Earth Systems Department. 

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Redwood Grove Planting, Past and Present

Redwood Grove Planting, Past and Present

Historically, Redwood Grove had no naturally occurring redwoods. The redwoods we see there today were planted almost a century ago by Emma Halsey with saplings she dug up from the Santa Cruz mountains. She planted them along Adobe Creek, in a place once dominated by willows and oaks. Now the redwoods tower more than 75 feet tall, and are the defining feature of this beloved six-acre city park.

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Planting a Seed and Watching it Grow: the Impact of Environmental Education

Planting a Seed and Watching it Grow: the Impact of Environmental Education

Having a healthy respect for the limits of our environment can help instill a strong environmental ethic no matter what career one chooses to pursue. I believe that ultimately these kids’ actions early on in life will lead them to take more of a personal stake in the well-being of their communities, and spread hope for a better future to others.

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