We held our first official community volunteer day since the world changed over a year ago. It was so nice seeing old friends and neighbors in the park once again. A small but effective group came together on May 15th to tidy up the park by cleaning up the dried, non-native grasses. Some old-timers who I haven’t seen in years made an appearance and it was so … I really can’t think of the words to express my happiness at being together again.
A few days later, 40 students from Polytechnic School cleared dead weeds in the central part of the park, by the detention basin. Not only does it look much better, but this helps reduce the risk of a fire burning through the dry vegetation.
Poly kids clear grasses; The large pile of dry grass has been removed by the city leaving the park a bit safer; Gray Hairstreak on narrowleaf milkweed; But it was a very dry winter, so many natives are going dormant early
No Volunteer Days in July and August
We have resumed our scheduled monthly volunteer days on the third Saturday of the month. However, as usual, we will not meet in July and August due to the heat. We will start again in September, meeting on the third Saturday morning of the month, see the schedule below. These volunteer days are tentative, so please confirm on Facebook, WeedingWildSuburbia.com, or email.
Where: 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in So Pas, east of York Street Bridge
When: 6/19/21; 9 am – noon
Nature Park volunteers should:
– Bring and wear a face mask if you are not vaccinated – covering both mouth and nose
– Wear sunscreen, hat, sunglasses
– Bring plenty of water
– Bring gardening gloves and tools (weeders, trowels, whatever you use in your own garden), there are extra tools and gloves for those who need them
– Wear comfortable work clothes, including work shoes (sneakers or boots) and long pants
– Bring binoculars for birdwatching (optional)
Children must be under adult supervision at all times. There is poison oak in the park that we will point out before starting.
The South Pas Nature Park is a four-acre habitat park along the Arroyo Seco. The entrance, marked by a small plaque on an attractive river rock wall, is in the 100 block of Pasadena Avenue in South Pasadena, east of the York Street Bridge. There is plenty of on-street parking on Pasadena Avenue.
We are planning to hold our regular park cleanups on the following Saturdays (9am – noon):
- JUNE 19, 2021
- NO SCHEDULED CLEANUPS IN JULY AND AUGUST
- SEPT 18, 2021
- OCT 16, 2021
- NOV 20, 2021
- NO SCHEDULED CLEANUP IN DECEMBER
(Dates are tentative, please confirm on Facebook, WeedingWildSuburbia.com, or email.)