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Watsonville High garden gives students hands-on experience, science lessons

Modified: Thursday, Mar 21st, 2013

Watsonville High sophomores Samier Naranjo, Janessa Garibay and Angelica Martinez get help from UC Santa Cruz graduate Tim Norris in yanking an oak clover plant out of a container Tuesday at Watsonville High's new Wildcatz Native Plant Garden. (Photos by Tarmo Hannula/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — Two weeks ago, a handful of students plunged shovels into the earth of a small patch of weed-choked earth at Watsonville High School.

Their task was daunting: remove the invasive plants from 5- by 20-foot plot and rip out a large shrub to make room for a garden.

On Tuesday, a much larger group of students once again broke out their shovels, but this time they were planting hundreds of native species, all part of the new Wildcatz Native Plant Garden.

“We just started digging, and it seemed impossible,” said UC Santa Cruz graduate student Jenn Yost, who spearheaded the efforts. “That’s how it started. With three shovels."

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