By Hillary Kaiser
SAN LUIS OBISPO — PG&E’s Diablo Canyon Power Plant recently partnered with the Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast to create a hands-on learning opportunity for local girl scouts to earn their “Lands of Learning” patch.
The event took place on the northern property of the plant and provided an opportunity for girl scouts to learn about the intertidal zones, including the animals and plants that live in each zone. Girl scouts participated in a tide pool scavenger hunt where they searched for specific intertidal animals, observed their behaviors and identified the tidal zone they call home.
PG&E biologist Kelly Kephart created the learning experience as an opportunity to educate the next generation of environmental stewards.
“Diablo Canyon’s coastline is home to various and thriving ecosystems and we want to share this beauty and diversity with members of the public, and especially with students who can use the land as a unique educational resource,” Kephart said.
This effort is one of the many reasons that PG&E established the Diablo Canyon Land Stewardship Program. Through this program, PG&E preserves the land surrounding the power plant and ensures visitors have access to the area.
“PG&E and Diablo Canyon are committed to sharing this land with the community,” Kephart said. “This is why we partner with educational institutions, community groups and the general public to ensure that they too get to experience this beautiful coastline and all that it has to offer.”
This was the second in a series of planned events that PG&E and the local girl scouts have hosted together. During the first event, scouts learned about the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and planted milkweed.
PG&E has a similar partnership with the Boy Scouts of America Los Padres Council, which gives local boy scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges on topics ranging from electricity to citizenship to nuclear energy.
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