What a great year this has been for the Acorns to Oaks project! With the RCD we led 4 acorn collecting field trips in the fall, and have given oak presentations to about 12 classes (360 kids). Students have learned about our native oaks, oak ecology, biodiversity in oak communities, acorns as food, the problems facing our native oaks, and how to be an oak steward. Now they are learning how to plant oaks.
Last month, we had 90 fifth graders (and 15 parents) from the Napa Valley Language Academy out to Alston Park for field lessons on oaks, an oak community scavenger hunt, grinding acorns and eating acorn muffins, and planting oak saplings and wildflower seeds.
On Monday the 15th, we will be planting oaks with the Valley Oak high students at Oak Knoll Ranch (2200 West Oak Knoll Avenue) from 9:30-11:30; Friday the 19th morning again with the Stone Bridge 5th grade at Suscol Vineyard.
Anyone interested to see how we “re-oak the valley” is welcome to come join us! (Email email@example.com for directions to the Suscol site.)
Friends of the Napa River were honored to be included in the theme of a research project by a group of six 8th graders at River middle school: “We are doing a project about maintaining the balance of our aquatic resources. We recently did a bake sale and got 55 dollars that we would like to donate to your organization.” FONR president Bernhard Krevet and treasurer Chuck Shinnamon met with Haley Schotte, Tamar Weir, Nolan Brown, Michael Blatteis, Pablo Roldan, and Cristina Castillo to listen to their presentations about the Napa River. They had done an amazing amount of research and were well prepared for the questions from the audience.
The group donated the proceeds of $71.25 from their bake sale to FONR. This donation will be dedicated to FONR’s “In-School Watershed Education” and the “Acorns-to-Oaks” programs.
DO YOU SUPPORT PHASING OUT SINGLE USE CARRYOUT BAGS IN NAPA? DOING SO WILL REDUCE LITTER, WASTE AND ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE
Note: Many such bags end up in our River!
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD.
ATTEND THE NAPA CITY COUNCIL MEETING
TUESDAY, MARCH 19th
Afternoon Session: 3:30PM City Hall, 955 School Street – Napa
Napa Valley CanDo and friends will make a presentation to the Napa City Council
urging them to implement the Sustainability Plan and adopt an ordinance to control plastic and other single use bags in our community.
Your support is crucial!
Please speak at the meeting or write a letter of support to the Council prior to March 19th. Send your message to:
Mayor Jill Techel and Council Members
c/o Dorothy Roberts, City Clerk
Leave a phone message for any Council member at: 707-258-7876
Or send snail mail to: PO Box 660, Napa, CA 94559
After a six-year absence, downtown Napa is about to get its boat dock back. On Tuesday, December 2, City council unanimously allocated $1.5 million to construct a 176-foot-long, 10-feet-wide boat dock on the west bank beneath the Napa Riverfront development, just south of the Third Street bridge.
Friends of the Napa River have worked with resource agencies, the Flood Control District, City staff and Council to rebuild the only access to the river in downtown Napa suitable for power and sail boats as well as kayaks and canoes. Follow this link to the full story in the Napa Valley Register.