Weekly roundup: Nature preserve celebrates 90th anniversary, proposed state budget boosts school funding, and more

The Tucker wildlife sanctuary, tucked into the heart of Modjeska Canyon, serves as a living classroom for thousands of students from across Orange County each year.

It’s home to three trails, about 90 species of birds, 250 types of plants and lots of wildlife, the ideal location for school field trips.

The 12-acre sanctuary recently celebrated its 90th anniversary, with the Orange County Register chronicling the milestone and how the site continues to help students learn about nature and the environment.

News graphicThe Register explained how in 1926, Benjamin Tucker, a banker and philanthropist from Long Beach, and his wife Dorothy May, built a second home on 12 acres of canyon land that was once part of the estate of the noted actress, Helena Modjeska. After Tucker’s death, the sanctuary changed hands a few times but was deeded to Cal State Fullerton in 1968.

It is open for educational tours throughout the year. The main building has a variety of hands-on activities for children, according to the Register.

Here are some other education-themed stories for the region for the week ending Jan. 11.

  • How much is too much and how soon is too soon when it comes to screen time for children? Digital media has ramped up so quickly and become so ubiquitous, there are a lot of unresolved questions about young people’s exposure to videos, TV, games and online content.
  • Instances of bullying have increased across schools nationally since the 2016 presidential election, including more cases of bullying based on race, according to a new study.
  • La Habra School District Superintendent Joanne Culverhouse spearheaded an effort last year to modernize the district’s nine campuses, which included the creation of a specialized focus for each school, winning her praise from the Orange County Register. It recently named Culverhouse among the newspaper’s 100 Most Influential people for 2018.

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