Common Name(s): Bush sunflower, California brittlebush
Scientific Name: Encelia californica
Plant Type: Shrub
Communities: Coastal sage scrub, chaparral
Size: 1-2 ft wide, up to 4.5 ft tall (more…)
My name is Gaby, and I’m the Volunteer Coordinator here at the Dunes Center. I have a new-found interest in Botany thanks to my work here. The world of plants has always been a little intimidating with extensive scientific names, multiple plant functions, and established geological history, but after spending some time in the Dunes Center’s Native Garden and the Guadalupe Native Garden, I have found myself stopping to smell the roses more often…literally. Nowadays, it’s been easy for my peripheral vision to catch a brightly-colored flower.
Hello! My name is Jared Martin and I am a Dunes Center Education Intern for the Explore the Coast program. I am a 4th year Environmental Management and Protection major at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Engaging children about the fascinating world they live in and inspiring them to protect it is a vital part of ensuring that future generations can thrive in a clean and healthy environment. The Explore the Coast program gives 5th graders at Mary Buren Elementary School the opportunity to engage in interactive activities that are both fun and educational. Over the course of 3 months, students learn about ecology, watersheds, and pollution. They also take educational field trips to gain experience. The field trips show that the subjects they learn about have applications in the real world. These lessons are designed to excite students about our environment so that they might pursue a career in the sciences. (more…)
My name is Elizabeth and I am currently an Education Intern at the Dunes Center. I attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and am studying Environmental Management and Protection. For the past few weeks, I have taught a group of students at Dorothea Lange Elementary in Nipomo about the wonders of archaeology. They’ve learned about the importance of the scientific method, how to record data when looking at an artifact, and how to map out a new excavation site. At first, I had to emphasize that archaeology is different from paleontology – archaeologists don’t dig up dinosaurs! Once the students understood what archaeology is, they got really excited.
Hello, my name is Chloe Pombo and I’m an Environmental Education Intern at the Dunes Center! I am a fourth year Environmental Science student at Southern New Hampshire University. I grew up with a strong passion for nature and a curiosity for how the earth worked. (more…)
I am a third year Environmental Earth Science major at Cal Poly, where the pace is fast, competition is high, and there is hardly any time to stop and let your mind wander. It can turn school into a tiresome, life-consuming chore. As an Education Intern at the Dunes Center, however, I administer an afterschool program to Guadalupe students and get to see the impact creative science exploration has on them. (more…)