Spring Events Recap

ESLT has recently been celebrating spring with wonderful community events, starting off in May with the Brown Bag Lunch series and this year’s theme, “Local Conservation Newsmakers”.  We welcomed the 2013 gardening season with our annual Gardenfest event and have been diving in to seed sprouting, composting, pollinating and photosynthesizing with the Bishop Elementary third graders through our ongoing Sunflower Garden Project.


Elise talks with the students about compost friendly items.

Sunflower Garden Project

ESLT has been partnering with Bishop Elementary to engage third grade students in gardening and to connect them to the natural plant world through a hands-on experience. Heading into its fifth year, the Sunflower Garden Project is well underway and the garden beds hold an array of new flowers, planted by Ms. Deb Lehy’s and Ms. Victoria Hamilton’s third grade classes.

The students started the project with a visit from Elise Robinette, the ESLT AmeriCorps member and Education Coordinator, where they learned about the growth cycle of a sunflower, photosynthesis, pollinators and germination.  The classes have since proceeded to visit the garden on four more occasions to plant seeds, monitor the growth of their sunflowers and participate in fun, educational activities. They will bookend the project with a Sunflower Garden Party.



Robin Linse paints a flower pot at the Gardenfest craft table.

Gardenfest was a great way to welcome spring and provide the public with an educational and celebratory event.  Featuring local gardening organizations from the community, attendees were invited to explore “Incredible Edibles” displayed by Bishop Nursery, get tips from the Inyo-Mono Master Gardeners, learn about composting and try out samples of compost tea from “As The Worm Turns”, check out native plants from the California Native Plant Society and purchase yummy herb and vegetable starts from the 4-H Garden Group. Kids painted flower pots donated from Bishop Nursery and explored our desert garden. We greatly enjoyed hosting this year’s Gardenfest and look forward to doing it again.

The Brown Bag Lunch Series

With the theme for the 2013 Brown Bag Lunch Series being “Local Conservation Newsmakers”, ESLT was proud to feature Brian Adkins, Environmental Director at the Bishop Paiute Environmental Management Office, as our first speaker of the year. Brian spoke for  in the ESLT office garden about the Conservation Open Space Area on the Bishop Paiute Reservation.

For the next Brown Bag Lunch talk on Wednesday, June 5th, Holly Alpert will be speaking about climate change in the Eastern Sierra, what is already happening, and what might happen in the future. Holly is the Program Manager for the Inyo-Mono Integrated Regional Watershed Management Program.

ESLT will host a Brown Bag Lunch talk the first Wednesday of each month through October in the office garden in Bishop on 176 Home Street from 12pm to 1pm. Everyone is invited to attend, and encouraged to bring his/her own lunch.

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