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Where the Wild Things Are
We can no longer think of our cities or towns as exempt from the natural world – or as off limits to wildlife

The Making of a National Park
Why locals want Arizona’s Chiricahua National Monument to become the nation’s next national park

Room for More
There is no better time to put forward a bold vision of an expanded national park system

Afterword: Doug Tompkins

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West County DIGS: Let's Grow Together

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Imagine a group of 6th grade students taking a barren hillside and turning it into a verdant native plant habitat for worms, butterflies and goldfinch. You could say these students have just learned some valuable skills around habitat remediation, plant communities, and landscape design.

Combine that with creating a food garden, learning about soil, fertilizing plants, and engaging in a healing circle designed to speak to some recent classroom issues – and you have West County DIGS School Garden Programs, which are helping students in underserved schools and communities get outdoors to spend more time in places where food, flowers, and ecological empathy are grown.

DIGS (Developing Instructional Gardens in Schools) supports school gardens in West Contra Costa County by providing resources, advocacy, and partnerships to cultivate wellness, academic achievement and sustainable practices.

Their network of over 300 members, comprised of passionate and dedicated teachers, community members, students, and school administrators are working together to train teachers and create school gardens and garden-based curriculum throughout the Richmond-area school district.

They just finished another successful year with now thirty-nine school gardens supported since 2007, including expansions to their Mentorship Program and a launch of a new Green Entrepreneurship pilot.

Check out their latest impact slide show and see how their gardens grow!

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