Environmental News

April 17, 2015 

For the 12th consecutive year, our 10th graders helped with a solar installation.  This year, they also addressed the integration of shower fire and solar thermal water heating.

 

  

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March 31, 2015 

In the first couple days of Experiential Week, our 10th graders and faculty used hand and power tools to build all the components of a small wind turbine.  

    

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Dr. Jennifer Francis gave an excellent talk to the Midland community as the Mason Willrich Lecturer on global environmental issues.

 

 

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November 26, 2014 

Midland is a leader in Experiential Education.  Read article.

 

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November 16, 2014 

Go Mighty Oaks! On Saturday morning the 11th grade girls helped plant native valley oaks at the campus entrance. All students take part in our native tree restoration work.

 

   

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November 01, 2014 

Check Midland's real-time weather conditions. We recently installed a solar powered professional-grade weather station that automatically records data from the top of Serpentine Mountain and transmits it to the web. The station will be used to collect data for classes and ecological research on Midland’s population of the rare Santa Barbara Jewelflower. It was funded by the National Science Foundation, through a multi-year research grant to Dr. Alan Pepper (Texas A&M Univ.), who is heading up the Jewelflower study.

    

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September 25, 2013 

On Sunday September, 22 Ben Munger '79, Graceson '16, and Cameron '16 traveled to the Deer Creek Sequoia Grove in Tulare County in the Giant Sequoia National Monument.  The trip was organized by Jim Versteeg (uncle of Miguel Provincio '13) to  tour the grove and learn about Forest Service management polices to protect it.  The group discussed how Midland could help the Forest Service manage the grove - by helping to inventory and design a plan to reduce ladder fuels during a wildfire. There is also the possibility of trail work to access the grove from a newly constructed parking area.  The Midland group measured the circumference of several of the larger trees at 61 feet or more and found good evidence of younger Sequoia trees growing in the grove.  We are looking forward to returning to the Deer Creek Grove and want to thank Jim and Gay Versteeg for their hospitality and organizing the trip. 

 

 

 

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January 11, 2013 

On a cold Thursday morning, the ninth graders braved the elements to plant Valley Oak acorns on Drum Flat.

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Selena Wrighton '13 writes about the Central Coast Bioneers Conference, where Midland faculty and students presented.

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October 17, 2012 

Each year, Midland chemistry students use field test kits to sample the water quality of the Alamo Pintado Creek at downstream sites in Los Olivos and Solvang, and at an upstream site on Midland's property. 

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