Ocean Guardians

Welcome. Ocean Guardians is in its fifth year at Kenwood School. Supported by grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuaries' Ocean Guardian School Program, the Kenwood School Ocean Guardians work to protect our local watersheds and ocean.

In its first year, we urged the Kenwood community to replace single-use plastics, which often end up in our streams, rivers, and oceans where they harm or kill wildlife, with reusables. By the end of the year we sold over $3000 worth of reusable lunch kits, water bottles, and other items, distributed 550 reusable shopping bags for local markets to distribute to customers, and substantially reduced the school's use of single-use plastics during lunch.

In the second year the Ocean Guardians designed and planted a native plant demonstration garden on the school grounds, conducted an extensive outreach program to educate people about the water-saving and other benefits of native plants for our local watersheds and ocean, and distributed over $1200 worth of native plants to school and community members.

Last year our work promoting native plants continued as everyone in the school community was offered an opportunity to select a Native Plant Valentine to give to a friend or family member. 170 plants were distributed by the Ocean Guardians, including cards with information about the plants and how to plant and care for them. In addition, we sold over 194 plants at a discount to school and community members. We also planted two new native plant gardens. One was an extension of the garden we planted last year and features over 49 plants that are important providers of food and shelter for native birds and insects. The second garden was planted in the Kindergarten play area and features 12 species of plants known for their beautiful and interesting flowers. And, once again, we encouraged people to replace single-use plastics with reusable items. During a Waste-Free Lunch Week in April, the use of such items by students was reduced by 44%.

Last year and this year the focus of our native plant efforts is to encourage people to ditch their water-guzzling lawns and replace them with native, drought-tolerant alternatives. To that end, we will be installing a demonstration lawn in front of the school and offering incentives and support for anyone who participates in our Lawn Replacement Pledge Drive. And we will also be aiming to reduce our use of single-use plastics even further.

Ocean Guardian News

March 29 2017 Ocean Guardians announce this year's Native Plant Sale. The Ocean Guardians are offering everyone in the school community one free native plant and the opportunity to purchase additional plants at a whopping 75% discount. For more information on how to select and order plants, please see "Plant Selection and Ordering" below.

February 1 2017 Ocean Guardians announce Ocean Night 2017. Come to Ocean Night on Wednesday, February 22 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn about the many benefits a water-wise lawn or garden can provide for our watershed, ocean, and you, and the incentives and support we are offering to anyone who participates in our Lawn Replacement Pledge Drive.

December 19 2017 Ocean Guardians announce the launching of this year's Lawn Replacement Pledge Drive. Once again we are encouraging people to replace their water-guzzling lawns with native or drought-tolerant grasses and plants that will not only provide significant water-savings, but also bring many other important benefits to our local watershed and ocean. Please see the Resources Section below for links to important sources of information and support that will help you make the switch.Take the pledge and the Ocean Guardians will provide a free copy of the book Reimagining the California Lawn and pay $150.00 toward the purchase of plants for your new lawn or garden.

September 19 2016 Ocean Guardians announce a successful Coastal Cleanup Day.

August 31 2016 Ocean Guardians announce Coastal Cleanup Day. We are asking people to join us as we partner with the Sonoma Ecology Center to cleanup a local creek in our watershed as part of the annual, state-wide Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

April 6 2016 Ocean Guardians announce the beginning of Waste Free Lunch Week

March 17 2016 Ocean Guardians announce the beginning of their Lawn Replacement Pledge Drive. We are encouraging people to ditch their water-guzzling lawns and replace them with water-wise lawns or gardens that will provide many important benefits for our local watershed and ocean. Please see the Resources section below for a copy of the Lawn Replacement Pledge and links to important sources of information and support that will help you make the switch. Take the pledge and the Ocean Guardians will provide a free copy of Reimagining the California Lawn and 50 percent off your purchase (up to $35) of the first flat of plants for your new lawn or garden.

March 9 2016 Ocean Guardians announce Ocean Night. Come to Ocean Night on Wednesday, March 16, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. and learn about the many benefits a water-wise lawn or garden can provide for our watershed, ocean, and you, and the incentives and support we are offering to anyone who participates in our Lawn Replacement Pledge Drive.

Resources

Lawn Replacement

Lawn Replacement Pledge

Lawn Replacement Resources

Reimagining the California Lawn

Sonoma County Master Gardeners

California Native Plant Society

Local Native Plant Nurseries

Local Landscapers

Lawn Replacement Resources Printout

Local Water Agency Lawn Replacement Programs/Incentives

Valley of the Moon Cash for Grass Turf Rebate Program

Native Plants

Plant Selection and Ordering

Native Plant Order Form

Native Plant Selection

Suitability Lists

Thirty Plants

Top Ten

Handy Plant Re-Specifier

Naturalistic Planting

Planting and Watering

Planting Strategies

Planting Technique - Ten Easy Steps to Success

How To Water Your Native Plants

Summer Water for Native Plants

Reusables

Follow these links to a wide variety of high-quality reusable items:

BENTO WARE (Lunch Boxes/Kits)

KIDS KONSERV (Lunch Kits, Totes and Lunch Sacks, Stainless Steel Containers, Sandwich/Food Wraps, Stainless Steel Bottles)

REUSIT (Lunch Bags and Boxes, Sandwich and Snack Bags, Food Containers, Water Bottles, and more)

NEW WAVE ENVIRO (Lunch Bags/Kits, Food Containers, Water Bottles)

CAMELBAK (Water Bottles)

KLEAN KANTEEN (Water Bottles)

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