Hands-On Learning and Community at Rising Star Elementary

At Rising Star Elementary in Seattle, a habitat restoration event blossomed into a day of hands-on learning and exploration. Students, PNC Bank volunteers, and EarthGen teamed up to clear invasive plants and mulch pathways in the school’s outdoor classroom and wetland area.

Amidst the cleanup, students eagerly shared with adult volunteers their wildlife discoveries and facts about the animals and native plant species spotted on their campus. One student identified a salamander, showcasing the find, while another observed a fungi on a branch. The day culminated in the unveiling of an educational sign, a collaborative effort designed with student input. The sign helps identify features of the wetland and emphasizes the ongoing need for environmental stewardship.

A split picture. The first image shows students and volunteers placing ivy into a wheel barrow and the second image shows students gathered around an interpretive sign.
Students, community volunteers, and EarthGen teamed up to restore the habitat in Rising Star Elementary’s outdoor classroom. The day included the unveiling of an educational sign, spotlighting wetland features.