LA's BEST Celebrates Earth Day

“Recycle, plant seeds, use only what you need. Help others to see how bright nature can be.”

In honor of Earth Day, LA’s BEST students at Kingsley Elementary installed a native garden on their campus with help from our President & CEO Eric Gurna, LA City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, and the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants.

This garden will be an oasis for our teachers, parents, students, and visitors,” said Kingsley Elementary Principal Karina Salazar, “It will also serve as a teaching tool for our students. Our students will have the opportunity to learn about more about ecosystems and biodiversity”.

Councilmember O’Farrell gifted each student with a packet of golden poppy seeds, the official state flower of California, before helping a group of fifth graders break ground on the new garden.  

Students worked to remove non-native plants that feed neither people nor wildlife and replaced them with drought-tolerant native plants, which are the only source of nutrition for 90 percent of all leaf-eating insect species (i.e. caterpillars and butterflies). California's drought is the worst in 500 years. The extinction rate is 1,000 times faster than the normal background rate.  Without native plants, the food web and ecosystem services we need for our own survival would collapse.

The students were excited to be a part of the new garden’s installation. The Kindergarten classes teamed up to perform an Earth Day song while the older students decorated the school with Earth Day banners.