Garden Project Certifications



Molly McNulty Earns Her Gold

Molly_ORC_10_2019_11Congratulations to SCS alumna, 10th grade NPHS student Molly McNulty of Girl Scout Troop 60619, for completing her Girl Scout Gold Award with the Garden!

Molly has always been passionate about the welfare of our local animals and wildlife.  The impact of the recent fires in our area on the wildlife population, combined with the news of poisoned and sickened mountain lions in our local mountains prompted her to choose her project on the education to the local community about the harmful effects of rodenticide.

Molly coordinated the installation of a new owl box inside the Garden, along with the reintroduction of a pair of rescued wild barn owls rehabilitated by the Ojai Raptor Center.

Click here to watch the video of the rehoming of the pair of owls

Photos Courtesy of: Ashli Shapiro


Additionally, Molly is conducting a workshop in each of the 5th grade classrooms at Sycamore Canyon. The students are learning more about owls and rodenticide and the workshop includes dissection of owl pellets as part of the study. The workshop will include a curriculum the teachers can re-produce each year so that all 5th graders will learn about the food chain and how to protect our local wildlife for years to come.

Photos Courtesy of: Debbie McNulty

Owl Lab

Molly raised $718 to finance her project.  A majority of Molly’s fundraising was done by selling delicious homemade cookies that she baked herself, delivered to the door of her buyers/supporters.  Molly was also successful in obtaining support from SCS PTSA Garden Project, Home Depot, and Dos Vientos HOA.

By the conclusion of her project, Molly would have provided over 100 service hours to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

We applaud Molly for her accomplishment, making a meaningful, sustainable contribution to her community, being a positive role model to our local youth, and for achieving the highest honor for a Girl Scout.

Molly wishes to thank her family and friends for their support in her endeavor, with special acknowledgments to:

  • Jo Louie and the Sycamore Canyon School PTSA Garden Project
  • Jaclyn DeSantis and the Ojai Raptor Center
  • Principal Hedin and the CVUSD Grounds Maintenance
  • Ventura County Fire Department #32
  • Dr. Sean Anderson, Environmental Science and Resource Management, CSUCI
  • Biologist Cathy Schoonmaker, Santa Monica Mountains Fund
  • Roslyn Stewart, Dos Vientos HOA Board
  • Caden Coppersmith, Boy Scout

Garden Sketch Begins!!

First ever Garden Sketch kicked off with learning the fundamental artistic sketching technique of continuous line contour drawing.

Thank you Anette Power and parent volunteers Winnie Sitarz, Joni Berg, Chriss Lyons, Jeep Wells, Namrata Dutta and Alicia Andrae for this new learning opportunity!!


First Manna Donation of the Year!

Thank you to our Manna Project Coordinator Namrata Dutta and our new Manna Project Gardening Expert Jeep Wells for leading the 5th grade Mrs. Baron and Mrs. Hollins class to start our 2019-2020 Manna season!

The students made over 60 herb bundles of rosemary and thyme harvested from the Edible Lab’s Herb Planter for Manna.  Other Edible Lab donation included green onions and a zuchinni.  Special thanks to SCS parent Liz Armstrong for adding 1.5 dozen of fresh eggs from her chickens, as well as the large boxes of citrius from Namrata Dutta’s yard that we were able to include in our donation pile.  The Manna Foodbank was excited to see us back after the summer break!

Manna 9:19

Unleashing Creativity with Recycled Materials

In celebration of Earth Day, the Garden broght in Create Studio, a local art studio revel in fun and funky DIY art projects geared toward creative exploration through open end art, for some “out of the box” art time during lunch recess.  Allowing the kids to “dumpster dive” by providing a wide array of recycled, artistic and crafty materials, along with some innovative problem solving challenges (construct their art mater pieces using only tapes and yarn), our kiddos surprised us adults with their marvelous products.  There is treasure everywhere, and the kids proved it.

Recycled art 2019


The Connection Between Love and Music

By: Jo Louie, SCS Garden Project Chair

Despite of two postponements due to inclement weather (we were rained out on Valentine’s Day, and SNOWED out on the rescheduled date a week later), our first annual Valentine’s Student Music Concert at the Garden was finally presented on Friday, February 22nd.  to a very warm reception and great delight of the Sycamore Canyon school community.

Audiences young and old were treated to an intimate showcase of over 40 talented Sycamore Canyon musicians, presenting a wide selection of work that included vocal and instrumental performances ranged from the classical to modern pop.  The enthusiastic crowd was a great encouragement for our young budding musicians, as many of them expressed interests to audition again for a spot for next year’s performance.  Inquiries were also being made by others on the audition process, as well as students initiating dialogs on potential collaboration with one another to produce work for consideration for the next year.

As an organizer for the event, developments like these are encouraging signs on how the Garden is helping to bring students and the community together.  We are excited to bring this new program to our school, and we look eagerly forward to next year where we can once again bring love, friendship, and music to our kids.

Happy Valentine!

Music 2019