COSTA MESA — Students from the Waldorf School of Orange County on Monday planted more than a dozen California sycamore trees in the Talbert Nature Preserve below Fairview Park.
It's all part of an environmental program to return native vegetation to the Santa Ana River Valley that was once home to Native Americans and Spanish settlers and, as late as the 1940s, cattle ranchers.
Orange County Parks special resource officer Sue Stoffel told the group of kindergartners to high school seniors that they'd be able to visit the preserve and see the dramatic change in the landscape as a result of their hard work.
"It's going to be fun when you come back in three years and see how much these trees have grown," Stoffel. told the students, who had gathered with buckets of water and shovels to plant the budding trees.
Waldorf School is a private school that was founded 22 years ago. It sits on Newport-Mesa Unified School District land on a hill overlooking the preserve. It's not uncommon for students to venture into the native grasslands and hold classes outdoors, especially when the subject is one of nature.