A special project took place in late 2012/early 2013 at University City High School due to its close proximity to Rose Canyon. Through a partnership between TCLC, Friends of Rose Canyon , and the San Diego Unified School District , a grove of over 1,000 invasive, diseased eucalyptus trees along the north hillside below the access road which extends into the canyon were removed.
UCHS science students are helping restore the site now that room has been created for native plants to thrive. They are planting native oak trees and shrubs, assisting in watering and studying the rate of regrowth. The project presents a unique opportunity for the UCHS science teachers to connect classroom-based science with hands-on, real-world research experience. The restoration site can serve as a unique outdoor “living laboratory” for future generations of science students.
In 2013, UCHS Science Teacher Tara Howell’s AP Environmental Science students conducted small-scale research projects of the site soon after the eucalyptus trees were removed. Many of the students made posters displaying their work and findings regarding a variety of topics such as soil chemistry and wildlife recruitment. A few of their posters can be viewed below: