With the assistance of the Miller Creek Watershed Stewards the Dixie Outdoor Classroom students can now sit on benches while listening to Debra provide instructions for the day’s activities. And they have the tools needed to do the work required in creek restoration.
Last year they were sitting on the ground. This year they are enjoying our benches.
Funds to provide the tools and equipment to support the Dixie Outdoor Classroom have been provided with the following Grants:
- 2015 The County Fish and Wildlife Commission
- 2016 The County Fish and Wildlife Commission
- 2016 Ocean Guardian School
- 2016 Marinwood Lion's Club Kelly's Wishes Grant
- 2017 County of Marin Community Services Fund
- 2017 The County Fish and Wildlife Commission.
With the support of the Dixie School administration, teachers and parents and the local community, the classroom area has been cleared of invasive blackberry, dead trees and non-native plants.
Blackberry along path prior to being removed. Blackberry replaced with native grasses
The children are now planting native California plants to beautify the path and classroom surroundings.
Debra Dibenedetto, Dixie School, 2nd Grade Teacher has recently formed the Dixie Outdoor Club. The Club offers creek restoration activities after school hours to second through fifth grade students attending Dixie School.
First learn which plants are natives.
DOC team leaders Judy Schriebman, Debra DiBenedetto and Rachel Kamman studying one of the natives that was planted in the autumn of 2015. Photo date is August 29, 2016.
Steelhead in Miller Creek at the Dixie Outdoor Classroom site.
Native Plant Inventory List
Planted on Thursday, October 15, 2015
White Adler (Alnus rhombifolia)
Coast Live Oak
Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica)
Blueblossom Ceanothus (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus)
CA wild rose (Rosa californica)
Snowberry (Symphoricarpos albus)
Sticky Monkeyflower (Mimulus auranticacus)
Fremont's Cottonwood (Populus fremontii)
Mugwort (Artemesia douglassi)
Thumbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)