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Conservancy Times I Graphic design class makes signs for NatureWorks BY BROOKE GEBOW Curious tourists, plant lovers, hikers and wedding couples aren't the only people who find their way to the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. This fall, the Catalina Island Conservancy turned Anita Rockwell's Avalon High School graphic design class loose with chalkboard signs and paint in the historic garden. "The first thing we did was learn about the plants," said Jose Reyes, a senior at the high school. Under the NatureWorks pro- gram, the joint environmen- tal education program of the Conservancy and Avalon Schools, nature-themed lessons, like this one, are finding their way into all parts of the curriculum. "I asked students to use layout, color, illustration and calligraphy skills to provide more informa- tion for garden visitors," Rockwell said. An important component of NatureWorks is workforce devel- opment, so the Conservancy pro- vided the class with specifications and a schedule for the job. Students first drafted designs for review. Jerod Long, a junior at the ...... high school, described how he and classmate Sabrina Sanchez, a senior, met with Conservancy staff and "took detailed notes on the improvements that needed to be made on the signs." Joanna Chavoya, a senior, said: "We helped each other and soon finished our boards." Rockwell said: "This proj- ect reinforced classroom lessons about design and what it means to be a graphic designer -- it made their learning real." The "client" and "design firm"--the Conservancy-- enjoyed the official installation at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden on Nov. 20. "We were requested to make bold, eye-catching signs in a specific amount of time, and we delivered," said Lana Brown, a junior at the high school. Lively chalkboard creations in two sizes point out plants found only on Catalina Island. "They asked us for bold and bright colors," said Gabriela Hernandez, a senior. The class's signs help ensure visitors can learn about Island Cherry, the beautiful endemic suc- culent Catalina Liveforever and the giant St. Catherine's Lace. Vicente Osgeueda, a junior, explained that the students added "some facts and some artwork to attract the attention of the tourists that visit the garden." Designs show, for example, that Santa Catalina Manzanita berries and Island Cherries are favorite foods of the Catalina Island fox. The signs encourage garden visitors to touch and smell aromat- ic black, white and pitcher sages. The students' signs also explain Conservancy Times, Page 10 Mrs. Rockwell and proud designers (L to R) Jose Reyes, Alex Ramirez, Ossi Rios, Misael Gomez, Sebastian Gallegos, Cristian Martinez, Jerod Long, Jalen Flynn, Melissa Soto, Channing Barrios, Alondra Martinez, Joanna Chavoya, Sabrina Sanchez, Lana Brown and Gabriela Hernandez. (Photo by Alexa Johnson) Final touchup and placement of the signs by Alex Joanna Chavoya. Photo by Alexa Johnson. MARITIME jINSTITLYE ...... Become a L!censed Captain- Annual Catahna Island Course January 19 - 30, 2015 Become Qualified to Take Passengers for Hire Improve Your Navigation and Safety Skills Enjoy Spectacular Catalina While You Learn U.S. Coast Guard Approved Curriculum ... Serving Mariners on Catalina Island Since 2001! Call Today 888-262-8020 www.MaritimeInstitute.com ! O Strawberries 20 Flavors of Salt Water Taffy 220 : Guava Cheese Danish. Jalapeno Biroche Ginger Green Tea Muffin. Lemon Cranberry Muffin '- Cherry Turnover Ramirez, Channing Barrios, Ossi Rios and THE cATALINA ISLANDER ............................................... ..................... I~ridayl December 26, 20i4ig i