A key goal of the Woodman Avenue Project was to enhance community awareness and encourage stewardship both of the new median space and the watershed as a whole. One of the most rewarding ways we sought this goal was through working with neighborhood children. For the Woodman Project, we partnered with neighborhood 4th and 5th grade classes, using a tailored curriculum which met state science standards and involved the kids in design elements of the project.
Using An Educator's Guide to the Tujunga/Pacoima Watershed as a framework, The River Project brings hands-on learning to the classroom, teaching kids about the project and what it means for their watershed. By the end of the program, students of Ranchito Elementary designed an interprative element for the newly landscaped median site.