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Native Gardens are Ready for Spring

i Mar 26th l Comments Off 3 by Dunes Center

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.

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Students Explore Botanical Sciences in Dunes Center Programs

i May 23rd l Comments Off 3 by Will Meyst

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The Dunes Center provides free after school programming for students throughout our local area to provide them with an enriched after school experience. Our programs are administered by Cal Poly Interns who work to provide a fun, safe, and educational learning experience for our students. The focus of our programming this Spring has been Botany, which coincides with the sleuth of wildflowers blooming in the dunes and throughout the local area.

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Habitat Restoration on the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge

i Nov 22nd l 2 Comments 3 by Will Meyst

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The Dunes Center and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are teaming up to improve habitat conditions for the California Red-Legged Frog (Rana draytonii). Several man-made ponds are located throughout the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge. These ponds host not only the federally listed species of amphibian,but multitudes of birds, reptiles, mammals, and other threatened and endangered species of plants as well.

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Habitat Restoration Project at Rancho Guadalupe beach

i Sep 3rd l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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Ice plant is headstrong. Not only does it spread fast and cover a considerable amount of land surface, it also grows deep into the ground. By no means can ice plant be eradicated. But if one ever attempts to remove an ice plant into a trash bag after digging up most of its root, it’s very likely that he or she will just have to drag the plant instead of lifting it up and putting it into the bag. Because really, ice plant is insanely heavy.

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Guadalupe Native Garden Grand Opening

i Aug 13th l 2 Comments 3 by Dunes Center

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The Grand Opening of Guadalupe’s Native Garden was a huge success.

On Saturday, August 2, Board member and Mayor of Guadalupe Frances Romero cut the ribbon to officially open the garden to the public. The event included a native garden scavenger hunt and educational, interactive exhibits throughout the garden.

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Dunes in Bloom: California Buckwheat

i Aug 12th l No Comments 3 by Dunes Center

DSC06614 700x300Come visit the Guadalupe Native Garden to see this month’s Dunes in Bloom, California Buckwheat (Eriogonum fasciculatum) a member of the Buckwheat Family,Polygonaceae.

Buckwheat is a shrub of various sizes (more…)