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

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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9-IMG_6397Students learned how to plant from expert, John Miller, Park Supervisor from RPD, and about the 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.

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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Jun13

Pinewood School Students Help Develop Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk

Students from the  Pinewood School in San Mateo, joined Life Frames, Inc., Bonnie Ora Sherk and SF Recreation & Park Department in St. Mary's Park on April 30th, to plant California native plants in the Oak Allee in St. Mary's Park, as part of the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk.  The Oak Allee is flourishing and the Nature Walk is growing !

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The student volunteers planted about 200 California Natives including two varieties of Ceanothus (Yankee Point & Dark Star), Romnya coulteri (Matillja Poppy), Fremontedendron (California Flannel Bush).  It will look increasingly colorful and gorgeous as the blooms come forth with blues, purples, yellows, and whites !!!  We are painting a growing, changing landscape of color, multi-functionality, and beauty !!!

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The Bernal Heights Living Library 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 for more information about volunteer planting days, please contact us:  info@alivinglibrary.org

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Apr30

A Living Library: Cultivating The Human & Ecological Garden – Presentation By Bonnie Ora Sherk

Please enjoy A Living Library:  Cultivating the Human & Ecological Garden, a Presentation by Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder & Director ofLife Frames, Inc. A Living Library.

Apr29

New Paid Internship Opportunity for High School Students and Beyond- To Age 21 – A.L.L. ECO-Stewards at St. Mary’s Park !

Check out this fantastic opportunity for San Francisco High School Students and Beyond (up to age 21) to have a Paid Green Internship with A Living Library and the Bernal Heights Living Library & Think Park Nature Walk this Summer at St. Mary's Recreation Center and Park !  Students will become A.L.L. ECO- Stewards by helping with ongoing development of the Bernal Heights Living Library Nature Walk, while gaining real-life work experience and green skills job training Register NOW - Enrollment is Limited !

REVISED ALL ECO Stewards Summer 2014

See flyer and application forms for more information:

A.L.L. ECO-Stewards Summer Flyer

Application (English)

Application (Spanish)

Completed applications should be submitted as soon as possible to secure a place in this program.

Drop off completed applications at St. Mary's Recreation Center at 95 Justin Drive @ Murray

Or mail them to St. Mary's Recreation Center c/o A Living Library at 95 Justin Drive, SF, CA, 94110

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