Students visit Huntington Gardens for lessons in plant life

Students from St. James-Holy Redeemer School (Montrose) study traits of drought-tolerant plants on a recent field trip to The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Fourth and fifth grade students from St. James-Holy Redeemer Elementary School recently toured The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, where they learned about adaptations allowing plants to thrive in desert-like environments.

Through observation in the Desert Garden, students learned how plants’ color, shape and surface texture can be adaptive and to predict how plant forms help them function.

Fourth grade teacher Kellie Insalaco especially appreciated that the real world interactive learning experience was tied to the California and Common Core Standards. Fifth grade teacher Maureen Moran noted that field trips like this allow students to engage in their learning through testing their hypothesis via experimentation and help bring studies to life.


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How we react to criticism and opposition

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Have you ever noted how we spontaneously react to a perceived threat? Faced with a threat, our primal instincts tend to take over and we instantly freeze over and begin to shut all the doors opening to warmth, gentleness and empathy inside us.

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September 21, 2014

  • Sunday, September 21

    “Paths to Just Peace: Interfaith Celebration of International Peace Day,” cosponsored by Pax Christi Southern California and Campaign Nonviolence, 12:30-5 p.m., Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Rd., Encino. (818) 784-4515

    “Meet & Greet,” Mass and reception with Bishop Oscar Solis, hosted by Simbang Gabi ministry, 10 a.m., Immaculate Conception Church, 740 S. Shamrock ave., Monrovia. (626) 233-7313.

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