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Thank You Clean-Up Crew!

By May 5, 2022Middle School

PMonts volunteers 17 – Invasive Species 0

On a beautiful spring day, 17 students, parents, siblings and staff tackled the multi-flora rose, vines and other nasty invasive species in the small copse at the front of the school.  The area is now looking much better and we can think about how the students might enjoy it.  It was immensely enjoyable and satisfying.  Thank you so much for all those who came out. Our next volunteer event will be on 5/21 when we help prepare the trails in the woods at the back of the school.  RSVP here.  Email our Ecology Teacher, Gery Juleff, at if you want to know more. 

Earlier in the year, the Middle School students worked with Dr. Patricia Shanley, co-leader of the Ridgewood Conservancy, in their Environmental and Sustainability Studies, learning a good deal about the negative impacts of key invasive species, and how to identify them, and how to get rid of them.  They honed their skills at the front of the school, which was overrun with multiflora rose, Japanese Honeysuckle, and other invasive species.  The students channeled their passion into cleaning out this area, which is also home to several Black Lotus trees, which bloom in the spring. 

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