How do you restore native plants and have fun at the same time? By playing in the mud, of course! At recent event to restore native plants in the Grande Ronde Valley, students from Oak Haven School created “seed balls” of native plants and then threw them out to sprout in the spring rains. The students were helping with an ongoing project to restore the native plant community at the edge of La Grande in Gangloff Park. The William Cusick Chapter of the Native Plant Society of
“Whoa!” exclaimed the kids in unison. GHCC Restoration Director Brian Kelly had just told them that dwarf mistletoe can launch its seeds at over 60 miles per hour. That’s just one of the fun facts Union County middle schoolers learned from him on a hike last week, where GHCC has teamed up with EOU’s Go-ASAP program, headed by professor Kelly Rice. Go-ASAP introduces recreating in the outdoors to local kids who might not otherwise have easy access to wild spaces or equipment.