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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Was Vatican II needed?

Russell Shaw

Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II would probably cite renewing and updating of the Church as solid reasons for the ecumenical council.

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