Phoebe Hearst 5th Graders, 2006-2007

In 2006-07, the fifth grade class of Ms. Sylvia Rodriguez used the Splash curriculum to study vernal pools in their watershed.

They helped to educate others by paying part of the cost of printing a new brochure about the Mather Field vernal pools.

The students and some parents then made it easier for others to get up-close-and-personal with vernal pools by building a set of redwood poolside viewing platforms for Splash. The platforms make it possible for visitors to observe life in a vernal pool right next to the Splash Center, without getting their feet wet or damaging the pool edges.

The class also produced works of art and solicited donations of artwork for an Art Gala on May 5, 2007. The funds raised by the art show purchased many of the California native plants that grow in the new water-wise Splash Center landscape installed by restoration specialists from Teichert Aggregates.

To top it off, the students painted a beautiful vernal pool mural for display at the Splash Center.