Last summer, the Dunes Center piloted our first ever creative writing program in various elementary and middle schools around the Central Coast. The goal of this course was to teach students to analyze and appreciate nature through their writing and artwork. Each week, the Dunes Center’s education intern, Hanna Navarro, taught students a lesson about the local dunes ecosystem. Students would then write poems and stories about what inspired them in the lesson. (more…)
This winter, the Dunes Center is fortunate to host artist, Jules Reuter and his exhibition, “On the Road.” Jules was inspired on two road trips across the United States, traveling by train from Guadalupe to Newark, New Jersey and by car up Highway One to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington and east to Montana. (more…)
It is incredible to see how our intern program has grown. Since its establishment, the focus of the intern program was to introduce local college students to the importance of environment education of young students and provide skills that will make them stronger members of the professional community. (more…)
This month, the Native Garden is celebrating a bloom you might not normally notice. Our young Monterey Pine (Pinus radiata) is only 3 years old and is nearly 4 feet tall. Monterey Pines on the central coast are home to many different species including the Monarch butterfly.
The Monterey Pine’s leaves are evergreen needles; 4 to 6 inches long and grouped in bundles of 3. They’re slender and shiny green. The bark is thick and grey or dark reddish brown color. (more…)
On the night of December 6th, friends and families filled the Dunes Center for Trees of the Season, an end of the year event to raise funds for the following year’s nature education programs. Generous supporters sponsored twenty four beautifully decorated trees and wreaths, accompanied with presents donated by businesses from around the Central Coast. Guests enjoyed bacon wrapped shrimp, taquitos, and other delicious treats that were donated by local restaurants. (more…)
Each month the Dunes Center highlights a blooming plant in our native garden. This month Heteromeles arbutifolia (known as Toyon or Christmas berry) is blooming in our garden. In late fall and winter, it is covered with pea-sized bright red berries, or pomes, that birds enjoy. (more…)