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Prisk Native Garden

Alan, Frank, Mike, and Candy

The gang that built a garden- Alan, Frank, Mike, and Candy

original site

the original site 1996


Garden construction

Add soil, sand, rocks, and plants...


...and lots of hard work

Earth day 1996

first Earth Day in the garden, April 1996

The Native Garden in 20-21

The Prisk Garden is a dynamic project that is constantly evolving and changing!

For this school year, each grade level will be visiting the garden to study different aspects. 

The kinder and SUCSESS classes will be practicing their observation skills by doing life science scavenger hunts. 

The 1st grade classes will be looking at plant structures and plant adaptations. 

The 2nd grade will be studying soil composition as well as insect characteristics and life cycles. 

The 3rd grade classes will be studying the characteristics, life cycles and natural selection of flowers. 

The 4th grade classes will look at energy flow within the garden.  

The 5th grade classes will assist in the construction of the new wetland project being constructed as well as comparing the different ecosystems within the garden.  

Some teachers also use the garden for inspiration for their art projects as well as for a location for quiet activities.  

The Prisk Native Garden was created to be a hands-on environmental nature center on an elementary school campus. The large, semi-wild garden provides an educational resource utilizing the native flora of California arranged by plant groupings. Among the associative disciplines that can be studied first hand are: botany, ethnobotany (human uses of native plants), environmental studies, entomology, ornithology, local and regional geology and geography, history, horticulture, wildlife photography, and crafts. Students of all educational levels, as well as the community, use and enjoy the garden.

The garden was started in 1996 by the school science teacher Candy Jennings, her husband Alan, her neighbor Frank, and native plant enthusiast Mike Letteriello. Their vision and hard work turned a bare plot of dirt into the beautiful garden that it is today. With the exception of a small planting area that is used by classrooms, the garden contains only plants that are native to California. The garden is a National Wildlife Federation, Certified Wildlife Habitat.

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National Wildlife Federation

Garden Inhabitants

anise swallowtailAnise Swallowtail

hummerAnna's Hummingbird

western fence lizardWestern Fence Lizard

plant selections

Cleveland sage

Cleveland sage (Salvia clevelandii)


Matilija Poppy (Romneya coulteri)


California lilac (Ceanothus species)


Plant images used with permission Las Pilitas