16 Dec A Day on the Los Angeles River with MOSTE Scholars
The FoLAR education team hosted MOSTE student scholars at the Los Angeles River this past Saturday. Scholars discovered the River through standards-based, hands-on learning experiences including a biodiversity walk to survey native/non-native flora and fauna, drawing River Catz in the style of Leo Limon, and a trip through the Los Angeles River Rover to learn about the present watershed and future revitalization plans.
Scholars were tasked with educating their friends, family, and community members about how to help the River. Scholars came to a consensus that a big way to help is to stop runoff before it reaches the River – something they saw first hand in the bioswale at the park and at the outlet of the storm drains, lovingly referred to as River Catz, that dumped directly into the River.
The scholars toured our 38′ mobile museum, the Los Angeles River Rover, to learn about the past, present, and future of the River. Our educators used a watershed model to model water flow and discuss,
What happens to a resident in the lower river when a neighbor upstream dumps trash in her street?
On the biodiversity survey walk, scholars walked upstream to the effluent from the Glendale water treatment plant that streams into the River and supplies it with 60-80% of its water. We picked a rock out of the River to show the diversity of macroinvertebrates that survive underneath it. A snowy egret, juvenile cormorant, bufflehead, osprey, and pods of coots were spotted splashing feeding on algae in the water . Students also identified a wealth of non-native plants, particularly the Asian arundo reed, an alien-invader from Europe brought in the 1800s to control for erosion that has taken over the River banks.
At the art station, scholars made their own River Catz inspired by the LA River inspired by art on the River over the last 3,000 years: Tongva work, murals, and graffiti art.
The discussion question: Is graffiti really art? The conclusion: YES!
We had an amazing experience working with these scholars! Thank you MOSTE!
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