Come learn about the Matilija Schoolyard Habitat!

(Photo by Audra Arbas/Brooks Institute ©2012)[

Verbena "De La Mina"(Photo by Audra Arbas/Brooks Institute ©2012)

On February 3rd and 4th, 2012, Matilija students joined together with US Fish and Wildlife staff, teachers and community volunteers to plant about 250 CA native plants into the Matilija Schoolyard Habitat. Now that plants are in the ground, with little rain in the forecast, we need to begin hand watering the plants until the drip irrigation is installed.  Hand watering for the first month will provide an opportunity to monitor the plants more closely, and watch as plants “take hold” in their new environment.

Parents have been asking “What is going on with the garden?”  Renee Roth and Julie Tumamait-Stenslie will be giving tours of the SYH Garden for parents and interested community members for the next 4 Saturdays, February 11, 18, 25 and March 3rd from 9am-9:30 and on Tuesday & Thursday, February 14 and 16 at 2:00 ( for parents who arrive early to pick up their students from Matilija). We will explain the garden areas and water requirements of the CA native plants, along with the layout and future plans for the garden.  If none of these times work for you, call Renee to arrange another time.

Anyone experienced with irrigation? We will be meeting with Aqua-flo to discuss layout/design for the drip irrigation early next week.  Call Renee if you can help with the installation, or have drip line/emitters to donate.

Renee Roth


From Ojai Valley News, February 8, 2012

(Photo by Audra Arbas/Brooks Institute ©2012)

Matilija students listen to Michael Glenn of US Fish & Wildlife discuss importance of providing habitat for wildlife (Photo by Audra Arbas/Brooks Institute ©2012)

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