Nearly 1,300 THINK Together Students Visit Botanic Garden in Claremont for Summer Field Trip
Last week, about 1,300 elementary and middle students from the Ontario-Montclair School District visited the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, a learning and research center focused strictly on California native plants, in Claremont. The Garden features 86 acres of California floristic plants and is the largest botanical garden dedicated exclusively to California’s native plants.
“It is thrilling to have this many elementary and middle school children from THINK Together enjoying the garden,” said Rebecca Lerback, director of development at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden. “Learning about California native plants is key to saving species and protecting natural habitats for future generations. We are so pleased to be hosting the students from THINK Together and sharing with them the importance of sustainable environments.”
One of the main focuses of the field trip was David Rogers’ BIG BUGS. This exhibit spans the entire 86 acres of the garden and sets forth to exemplify the importance of insects in nature. Using trees found standing or fallen, cut green saplings selectively harvested from the willow family, dry branches and other forest materials, very large insects are constructed. Along with other insects, the exhibit features three 750 pound, 25-foot ants, a 1,200 pound, 18-foot praying mantis, and a spider on a web that spans a 12-foot expanse between two oak trees. This is the first time since 2001 that BIG BUGS has been in Southern California.
With the increasing concern over global warming and its effects, it is important for this generation to learn ways in which they can help to keep natural habitats and environments safe from negative effects. This field trip was helpful in the effort to teach the children the importance of the natural environment and keeping it safe.SHARE