Educator Workshop on
California Nursery Historical Park
with trip to Masonic Home Reforestation
first teacher workshop at California Nursery Historical Park,
Fremont was held on Saturday, April 27, 2013.
This workshop marked
the first workshop that explored the historical and scientific
significance of this site and how it is connected to the Masonic
Home Oak Reforestation Project in Union City.
The workshop was
funded by Phi Delta Kappa International (PDK).
The presenters were David Stronck, PhD a professor
science education at California State University, East Bay and
Joyce Blueford, Ph.D, a geologist from the Math Science Nucleus.
The workshop began at the California
Nursery in Fremont. Dr Joyce Blueford described the California
Nursery where young oak trees and other native plants are
receiving care and being prepared for planting in the
reforestation project in Union City. She provided a tour of the
California Nursery showing the historical buildings and their
significance to California agriculture and horticulture since
the 1830’s. The
Vallejo Adobe was a wheat granary and considered the oldest
commercial building in Alameda County.
The Packing Shed and Experimental Orchards explored the
use of the railroads in delivering products to Western United
States and Central and South America.
led the teachers attending the workshop in doing activities
related to understanding trees and planting trees, i.e.,
activities of Project Learning Tree. Each participant received
a copy of the Activity Guide of Project Learning Tree, and a
book on Endangered Species of California. Participants also
received many other handouts, including articles, and selected
another book from a collection of related books donated by David
Stronck. The free lunch and snacks were provided through the
grant from PDK International.
The workshop ended with a
tour of the reforestation project on the 200 acres of
undeveloped land at the Masonic Retirement Homes in Union City.
Already more than 200 trees have been planted there to begin
the process of restoring the ancient forest dominated by the
California Live Oak. The participants viewed
an in-vessel composter that converts 2 tons of food waste into
pre-compost which in 2 months becomes useable compost to be used
with the newly planted trees.