Strawberry Creek Restoration Student Leadership Program- 2010 TGIF Project

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  • Strawberry Creek Restoration Program

    Invasive Plant Removal

    Native Plant Nursery and Garden

    Environmental Education: SCRP DeCal

    Meet the SCRP Team: Tim Pine (EH&S), Karl Hans (EH&S), Tyler Grinberg,

    Katherine Blair, Courtney Hann, and David Pon

    Contact us if you are interested in attending one of our open restoration events,

    scheduling your own event, or participating in any of our other activities:

    Email us:

    Or visit our website:

    SCRP Advanced DeCal

    Restoring biodiversity to Campus Natural Areas.

    Campus Natural Areas




    A primary goal of the Strawberry Creek Restoration Program (SCRP) is the

    removal of invasive plants, such as Algerian ivy (Hedera algeriensis), Periwinkle

    (Vinca major) and Aristotelia chilensis from campus natural areas. These invasive

    species block sunlight and nutrients from reaching native plants, limiting native


    UC Berkeley has 5 designated campus natural areas, 3 of which are located on the

    central campus: Grinnell, Goodspeed, and Wickson.

    The SCRP holds monthly Open Restoration events and invites students, faculty,

    staff and community members to volunteer in our removal efforts. We also

    encourage student groups to schedule personal restoration events throughout

    the semester.

    Native Plant Reintroduction An essential goal of the SCRP is the restoration of native biodiversity to the UCB

    campus. After invasive plant removal, native plant seedlings are reintroduced to

    cleared areas. Volunteers are involved in the propagation and planting of

    seedlings and helping to maintain the Native Plant Garden through weeding and

    garden expansion.

    Part of our efforts include the education of volunteers concerning their local

    environment. In this course students are exposed to participatory environmental

    education. Heavy emphasis is placed on the vital importance of our local

    watershed from a historical and modern perspective. Students are required to

    think critically during class discussions and apply concepts from our weekly

    conversations to real world applications of restoration ecology outside of regular


    Over the past two years, with generous funding from TGIF, the volunteers of the

    SCRP constructed a Native Plant nursery here on our central campus! In this

    nursery, volunteers and coordinators propagate native plant species which are later

    introduced to riparian zones throughout the UCB campus. This nursery is not

    only a home for a wide diversity of plants, but additionally a classroom for

    students to utilize in becoming fully fledged creek restorers. The nursery shade

    structure and garden are located behind Giannini Hall (Wellman Courtyard), and

    were always looking for volunteers to help run daily nursery functions.

    Students who have graduated from our introductory course, or have prerequisite

    knowledge in the field of restoration ecology, are eligible to participate in our

    advanced section. In this course student pairs are responsible for a subsection of

    creek riparian habitat. Over the duration of a semester these pairs will design a

    management proposal for their plot, organize and lead volunteer groups, and

    present a portfolio displaying their progress at the semesters conclusion.

    These areas are located

    along the riparian

    corridor of Strawberry

    Creek and represent an

    effort to preserve

    natural space on an

    urban campus for

    educational enrichment

    and enjoyment by

    students, faculty, staff,

    and community members.

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