Urban Riparian Restoration: An Outdoor Classroom for College and High School Students Collaborating in Conservation

Karl Hans
Jeffrey D. Corbin
Alison H. Purcell

Despite the biological, social, and physical challenges that exist in urban creek restorations, there are opportunities to effectively involve local residents in ecological rehabilitation projects. An urban riparian restoration project along Strawberry Creek (Berkeley, CA) began with the goal of removing exotic vegetation and restoring native plant coverage. However, through the involvement of local high school and college students, the project accomplished an additional goal of educating the local community about restoration and conservation.