Amigos Environmental Club for Teens: Ready for 2017-2018
By Rachael Lloyd

Amigos de Bolsa Chica will once again be sponsoring an Environmental Club for teens that will be meeting monthly from fall 2017 through spring 2018. This group will be led by last year’s Segerstrom High School teacher of the year, Mr. Thomas Pfiefer. The Amigos met Thomas Pfiefer last year when he approached us to be his environmental partner in a grant from the Picerne Foundation. In order to qualify a group of his honors students for an all-expense paid trip to a South African game preserve each student would have to donate 40 hours of work toward an Orange County environmental organization. With help from Amigos volunteers Jerry Donohue, Jeanne Lapowsky and Rachael Lloyd the group did in fact fulfill this requirement by working toward rejuvenating the native plant garden surrounding the Bolsa Chica State Beach Headquarters. The students removed dead brush, participated in building reinforcements to stabilize eroding garden slopes and a step path, and planted native plants they raised themselves. In addition to their work duties the teens enjoyed many recreational learning events such as bird identification tours through the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve located directly across the street from the state beach. As if working close to nature was not reward enough for the teens they also received credit toward the volunteer hours they need to graduate from high school.

The Picerne Foundation grant was only valid for one year so the opportunity to go to South Africa will not be part of this year’s agenda. Yet many of the teens who participated last year have asked to continue and credit will still be given to participants who need volunteer hours for high school graduation. This year’s group is open to all and promises to be just as rewarding as last year. Any local teen, and in fact any person, young or old, is welcome to come out and share in the activities. The Environmental Club will meet one Saturday a month from 9:00 a.m. to Noon at the Bolsa Chica State Beach Headquarters Building. Parents who would like to have their teen participate can contact Amigos at (714) 840-1575 or to sign up. Adults who want to join in can sign up the same way. The tentative schedule for the coming year:

September 16, 2017: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve / Beach Clean-up
October 28, 2017: Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve tour
November 18, 2017: FLOW / Native Plants / Garden
December 16, 2017: Bird Identification Tour / Native Plants
January 20, 2018: FLOW / Native Plants / Garden
February 24, 2018: Bolsa Chica Conservancy/Land Trust/Tour or Plant Day
March 24, 2018: FLOW / Native Plants / Garden
April 21, 2018: EARTH Day Amigos De Bolsa Chica / Bolsa Chica Conservancy
May 19, 2018: FLOW / Native Plants / Garden - Last Day