Recently our Upper Elementary students ventured to nearby Idylwood Beach Park and spent time improving the habitat. The student pulled, uprooted, and cleared noxious species that cause harm to the habitat. One species they helped clear was English Ivy. Although the plant is not native to the Pacific Northwest, it thrives in our climate and crowds out other native plants and tree seedlings. In addition, the ivy's shallow roots create a heavy mat that may contribute to soil sliding down hills during rain storms. Kudos to the fourth- and fifth-grade students for working so hard and for being stewards of our earth!
For more information on English Ivy's impact on habitats as well as how to control it, please visit King County's English Ivy page.