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Monday, October 6, 2014

Open House 2014

1st Annual Open House was a Huge Success

Overall curb appeal has dramatically improved as well as all of the animal
enclosures and structures through funding by the Harbor Community Benefit
Foundation and the impressive work of Beacon House.

They came...

On October 2nd, we hosted our first annual Open House.  It went amazingly well despite temperatures soaring to nearly 100 degrees.  In attendance were LAUSD teachers and  administrators, LAUSD facilities partners such as DWP, MWD, Republic, LA Sanitation, Environmental Larning Center, and LAUSD nutrition education.   Lakeshore Learning donated learning materials for teachers and Banneker-Doyle CTC sold gift items made by students and shared information about their programs. Friends and neighbors from the community attended and we even had help from local girl scouts.  Representatives from the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation (HCBF) also attended and saw first hand how their foundation's amazing support has contributed to the improvements and upgrades to the site.Also in attendance were representatives from the offices of Board Member Vladovich and board Member Zimmer.

Front ponds reconstructed by
Johnston CDS Horticulture students

 They saw...

Classrooms were open and everyone was encouraged to take a look around the site to see what the Science Center has to offer the students of  Los Angeles Unified.  The animal enclosures are freshly repaired and painted and new garden art and exhibits are open.

With new field trip options available in outdoor education, students have new opportunities to learn about animals, gardening, nature, and ecology.  Teachers and administrators were avle to see exactly what the students would explore when they book a field trip at the Science Center.  Field trip options such as the Jr. Farmers tour, Desert Dwellers Exploration, and the Jr. Recyclers Exploration were explained during tours allowing teachers to better align field trips with classroom standards. 

They were impressed...

Built by Beacon House and generously funded by
the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation
For many visitors who hadn't been here for a while, there were many incredible changes. Many positive statements were made.  "Wow, this place looks great!" "I can't believe how much has happened in just one year!"  Susan Tanberg, an administrator over the science branch wrote, "It looks great. I was so impressed with all that you have done."

So if you haven't stopped by, come see how we've improved!