Archive for the ‘Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk’ Category

Aug09

Thriving Redwood Circle in Living Library Nature Walk Lands Beautiful Boulders & Native Understory Plantings

We are so excited that our Redwood Circle in the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk at the south side of St. Mary's Park circling Alemany Farm near the currently hidden Islais Creek, is very healthy and growing ! 

John Miller from SF Recreation & Park Department (RPD), and I, found, purchased, and planted four gorgeous boulders on July 18, to help define the entrance to the Redwood Circle planted with California Native Redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens).  Funds from our grant with California Strategic Growth Council were used.

This Living Library Nature Walk is a prototype, narrative, ecological landscape transformation, that could be occurring throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest watershed in San Francisco, that interconnects eleven neighborhoods.  In Bernal Heights, this Nature Walk is connecting multiple schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces calling attention to the Watershed, the Islais Creek, and diverse native species of plants and wildlife.Lyngso Bouldersjohn&boulders Boulders PlacedTwo days later, on July 20th, we hosted two volunteer groups to plant the entrance area, and add native riparian understory plants in our Redwood Circle plant community, as well as some large Dogwood trees (Cornus nuttallii) and native shrubs on the nearby hillside.  Our plant palette included a few varieties of Dogwood, California Rose, Sword Ferns, Wild Ginger, Redwood Sorrel, Woodland Strawberries, Huckleberry, and other species. It is beautiful !

Young Adults from Jewish Community Federation began the morning planting, and the NYC  YMCA Global Teens High School Students representing every NYC Borough, participated in the PM Volunteer Group, along with Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director of A.L.L., Craig Heckman of the Alemany Farm's Native Area Group, Jasmine Woo, our Summer Nature Walk Intern, Brian from RPD, and Yiwen Gong who came from Yale University to participate ! 

Everyone had a fantastic time, and hundreds of native plants were planted.  Our Redwood Landscape is growing and becoming a more lush environment!  Have a look !

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JewishCommFedGroupAnd, then the PM Group, the NYC High School Students came to the site, and finished all the planting !  A great day and a beautiful transformation !  The Redwood Circle is so beautiful and a wonderful place for respite !!!  It is our natural cathedral in the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk in St. Mary's Park

Thank you all, for your generous help and contribution to growing the Living Library Nature Walk  !!!

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Aug09

Bonnie Ora Sherk Interviewed For New Video About A Living Library

Bonnie Ora Sherk was interviewed in the OMI/Excelsior Living Library & Think Park Lower Garden on August 8, 2014, by Starr Sutherland, who is shooting and editing a new video on A Living Library, for Producer, Patricia  Watts, Founder & WestCoast Curator for ecoartspace. This video will be shown on the ecoartspace website as a companion piece for a prior video interview with Bonnie Ora, in which she discusses her earlier art works, linked here.

Stay tuned to see the new video !   See pics below of Starr and colleague Matt, getting ready for the video shoot:

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Jul01

Volunteers From Salesforce Plant California Natives In Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk In Holly Park

Two Volunteer Groups from Salesforce led by Jillian West and Dennis Won, joined Life Frames, Inc., Bonnie Ora Sherk, and SF Recreation & Park Department in Holly Park on May 2 and May 7, respectively, to prepare new planting beds, and plant California natives in Holly Park, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  Volunteers helped tremendously in developing the new native landscapes in the Park, and the Living Library Nature Walk is growing and blooming with gorgeous colors !

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Volunteers planted all California Natives: Lavatera, Mimulus (Sticky Monkey), Yarrow, Douglas Iris, Penstemon, Romnya coulteri (Matilja Poppy), and other colorful natives.

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The Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk links schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces leading to the currently hidden Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary’s Park.  The Nature Walk is creating a new, expressive,  narrative landscape that is a prototype for what could be occurring throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco, that interlinks eleven neighborhoods:  Noe Valley, Mission, Bernal Heights, Potrero Hill, Bayview, Portola, Crocker-Amazon, Excelsior, OMI, Sunnyside, Glen Park.

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More volunteer events are coming up !  If  you would like to participate, or would like more information about volunteer opportunities, please contact us: info@alivinglibrary.org

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Jun13

Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library Featured at Open Engagement Conference at Queens Museum

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Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library were featured at the Open Engagement Conference on Social Practice Art at the Queens Museum in New York, on May 17, 2014.  The panel focussed on Watersheds, and Ms. Sherk discussed, with a slide presentation, the Branch Living Library & Think Parks underway at five schools in the Islais Creek Watershed in San Francisco, and the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk, that is linking multiple schools, parks, public housing, streets, and other open spaces, and that serves as a prototype for what could be happening throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest watershed in San Francisco, that interconnects eleven communities. 

The audience was very interested and several groups from around the United States want to now develop a place-based, Branch Living Library in their community.

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Matthew Friday wrote: "Many thanks to Gregory Sholette, Linda Weintraub, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Iain Kerr, and Emily Vail for participating in the Watershed Panel at Open Engagement. So excited to be able to sustain a fluid and dynamic conversation about this important topic and looking forward to future collaborations."

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Jun13

Bernal Heights Living Library Students Help Develop Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk In Holly Park

Students from the Bernal Heights Branch Living Library & Think Park  based at Junipero Serra Elementary School and Junipero Serra Child Development Center joined Life Frames, Inc., Bonnie Ora Sherk, and the SF Recreation & Park Department in Holly Park to plant California native understory plants at the Appleton Entrance and Entrance across from Junipero Serra Elementary School, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  The students learned a lot and created beautiful entrances to Holly Park, helping the Nature Walk grow ! 

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3-IMG_6248The Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk is linking multiple schools, parks, public housing, streets and other open spaces leading to currently hidden Islais Creek at the south side of St. Mary's Park.  This Nature Walk is a prototype for what could be happening throughout the whole Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco that links eleven neighborhoods in Southeast and Southwest San Francisco.  Already thousands of native trees and understory plants have been planted and the whole neighborhood is being improved by this new, narrative landscape.

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6-IMG_6258The students planted drought tolerant California Natives including:  Mimulus (Sticky Monkey), Romnya coulteri (Matilija Poppy), Penstemon, Douglas Iris, Yarrow, Aesclepius to attract Monarch Butterflys (native Milkweed), Lupin, Erigonum grand rubescens (Buckwheat), Ceanothus (California Lilac), Lavatera (Mallow),  and other colorful natives ! 

It really looks fantastic now !!!  Please come and see for yourself !

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Design and Funding for the project, led by Bonnie Ora Sherk and Life Frames, Inc., which developed the Community Master Plan beginning in 2002, has come from Mayor's Office of Community Development, SF Foundation, California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection, and more recently from California Strategic Growth Council.

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