Children learn culture through growing plants

Peter Moore, March 2018

Jeremy Ojua of CTGR’s Natural Resources Department explains some of the traditional uses of the plants.

Stacy Moore (IAE) helps Ava Kneeland plant her bulbs.

Seeds of showy milkweed in paper cups waiting to be planted in the propagation classes.

Bulbs of camas, brodiaea and onion, in paper cups ready for planting.

Some quotes for the day from the kids: “Is this enough dirt?” “I really want to plant the onion!” “I’m going to become a really good gardener!”

It was great to see the kids enjoying planting and learning about these culturally important species. To cap the classes off they got to take their plants home, with instructions to water them and transplant them once they get bigger.

The classes were a great success and enjoyed by all.

Many thanks for the support of CTGR’s Natural Resources and Education Departments and funding from Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

The children from the Chak Chak (Eagles) class filling their pots with soil with the help of their teachers and Peter Moore (IAE).

Jeremy Ojua helping children from the Mawich (Deer) class plant shrub cuttings.

Nikia Mooney (Teacher Aide) helps James Hyatt plant his bulbs.

The kids were happy with the result – pictured: Hadley Kimsey, Marley Smith, Ashley Leno, Bentley Fechtner.

Peter Moore (IAE) helping Wyatt Hubbell and Michael Smith from the Mulak (Elk) class fill their pots.

Stassi Villalobos learning about some of the native plants.

The busy classroom – Danilo Contreras and Logan Kneeland are all smiles while learning about native plants. “I’ve eaten camas before,” said Logan.

Evey Bishop and Ryliee Gonzales get to take their plants home at the end of the class.

Olen Torres and Mason Jerabek proudly show off their potted plants.