“Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.” — Anonymous Greek Proverb
In the early ’70s, Jeanne Carter turned an acre of unused land into an oasis of naturalism and conservation education.
Located at El Modena High School, in the heart of Orange County, the El Modena Nature Center and Native Plant Garden is still going strong nearly a half a century later, boasting a living catalogue of native plants, a “rock walk” featuring a variety of geological specimens, and a modest Information Gallery.
This rare blossom stands as a fun and free field trip location for students throughout the week, but it’s also open to the public every second Saturday.
Community support is needed so this serene sanctuary can continue to flourish, offering students unique hands-on experiences that help cultivate a love of nature.