Arid Lands Management Class Watershed Restoration Project

Thanks to the generous funding provided by C2E (Conserve to Enhance) through a grant awarded to the school in August, Sky Islands and students in the Arid Lands Management class are now starting our first major restoration project on the Rogers Commons! The project, which is being managed from start to finish by the Arid Lands Management class, will reengineer an acre and a half of land near the school entrance into a water harvesting, revegetation, and xeriscaped riparian habitat demonstration site. John Litzel of Little John Excavating is a master backhoe operator who understands water harvesting earthworks, and began the groundbreaking and sculpting process. He even let the students try their hand at it! With the addition of custom curb cuts, the space is now primed to capture and store over 200,000 gallons of water per year from street runoff alone, which, once fully planted, will turn this once-barren lot into a lush desert oasis! All that remained was to put finishing touches on the rock work in the basins, and then dig a massive irrigation trench and install irrigation lines, which will be used to establish the new plantings until they can become fully reliant on rainwater and runoff alone.

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Sky Islands is amazing because the curriculum is unlike anywhere else. It is a community that is always changing, and everyone is friendly. The teachers here are the best teachers I have had in my entire student career. I now look at the world differently than others.
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I feel that the school’s messages they communicate to the students are really eye-opening, from the food we eat to the advertisements shaping us, and that we as a community can change this. I’m happy to know I’m graduating as an individual rather than a teenager clone, which would be the case at other schools.
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When I first came to Sky Islands, I felt it was kind of weird because I wasn’t used to the whole idea of a school being a community, but more and more I came to the realization that this is how school should be.
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Community is a huge part of Sky Islands. This school has amazing teachers, they are all fantastic, and they have taught me so much. I used to hate math more than anything because I never understood it. Now it is my favorite subject.
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Sky Islands is a great place to be! Everyone is welcoming and everybody knows each other at our school. Throughout the year, we work on projects in and outside the classroom. We also learn about so many interesting topics that you don't learn about at other public schools.
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My daughter graduated from Sky Islands in 2020. She studied there for 4 years of High School and it was the best decision we ever made. The curriculum there allowed her to broadened her mind and approach to more greenery and sciences. She started out very shy and and introvert and graduated more outgoing and she really bloomed at High School there. I would always refer my friends to have their students attend high school for the simple fact that they will get the education needed to go to college plus special treatment and care for each and every student.

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