The Fall 2011 Semester was a very active and successful one for the Student Restoration Leadership Program. There were two main goals this semester: recruit for and fully enroll the DeCal courses taught by SCRP Coordinators Tyler Grinberg and Katherine Blair, and, schedule and hold volunteer restoration events on as many days as coordination and support was available. Both goals were met with great success.
The DeCal classes (Introductory and Advanced) enrolled a combined 50 students with 44 of them taking the introductory class and six taking the more independent advanced class. Students in both courses also performed numerous volunteer hours out on the Creek both managing invasive species as well as planting natives.
One team from the advanced course, as part of their requirement to “adopt” a portion of the Creek, successfully restored an area directly adjacent to the north side of the Faculty Club at the South Fork confluence of the “Big” and “Little Inch” channels.
The DeCal classes culminated with a pot-luck event at University Hall that included a session of “Creek Jeopardy” to test the creek knowledge of the classes.
There were more than twenty individual volunteer events this semester including on group of over a hundred volunteers (the Greek event) and three events with over fifty volunteers. Other events included four “open” events held on one Friday each month and several events scheduled with non-affiliated service groups.
More than 400 individual volunteers put in approximately 800 hours of restoration work this semester. A highlight of their efforts is the newly cleared section of the S. Fork directly between Hildebrand and the Women’s Faculty Club (also known as the Eastern Goodspeed Natural Area). This area was worked on by four different volunteer groups and their combined efforts removed more than 40 cubic yards of ivy and other invasive species.
Tyler Grinberg finishes up his career as Lead Coordinator and will be ably replaced by Katherine Blair for the coming Spring 2012 semester. Tyler has compiled lesson plans for the DeCal and so this class will hopefully continue to be popular as well as an effective recruiting tool for future Coordinators.
TGIF funded Strawberry Creek Restoration Project Student Leadership (2009)
Project Lead: Tim Pine, Environmental Protection Specialist, (510) 643-854, firstname.lastname@example.org