Preparing for a Restoration
the Date for Your Restoration Trip
Restoration trip dates are reserved on a
first-submitted, first reserved basis. Choice dates fill
quickly. Registration opened in AUGUST, 2015.
To ensure fairness in this process, registration forms
will not be accepted before this date. To reserve your
date, complete page 2 of the reservation form
and email or fax it to Pam. She will confirm receipt of
the form, contact your restoration partner to set the
date, and then confirm the chosen date with you and your
restoration partner. This
process can take as long as two weeks – sometimes
longer depending on Pam’s LSU responsibilities.
2015-16 Restoration Reservation Information and
Forms can be downloaded
check the restoration calendar
before you chose your date(s).
Restoration sites have been
advised that schools will arrive at the site around
10 a.m. If your school day starts
early and you want to arrive earlier than 10:00 a.m.,
please tell Dr. Blanchard so that the restoration site
manager and the media can be alerted. Planting takes
about 2-2½ hours. You are most welcome to work out
additional time to tour the site, participate in an
additional educational activity with the site manager,
and/or to have a picnic lunch at the site.
Please use your
normal school permission slip for field trips. You will retain these forms.
New photo releases
are required each year. Please bring all signed
(Page 3 of the Reservation Form) for your students
and give these to the Coastal Roots staff on the day of your
restoration trip. These will be
retained by LSU.
Please complete Page 4 of the Reservation Form
(the list of
students not allowed to appear in photos) and
paperclip/staple their forms to this page. This
should be at the top of your release form stack .
This will facilitate the process of clearing photos
for use in newspaper releases and on the Coastal
Roots website, newsletters, journal articles, and
other related materials.
TIP: If you have more
than one student that cannot be photographed, please
assign them to the same planting team(s)
so that we can easily separate photos with these
students in them for publication purposes. We will
still take pictures of these students, but will
not use these students’ pictures in publications.
Proper adult supervision is required
for safety. We strongly advise you to solicit
parent chaperones for the day of the trip (see
recommended ratios below). Because
parking is often very limited at restoration sites,
please encourage your chaperones to carpool.
At the elementary level, a ratio of 1
parent to 6-8 students is
At the middle/high school level, a ratio of 1 parent to 10-12
students is desirable.
Prior to the Restoration Day
Create planting teams. Create planting teams
of 3-4 students prior to your trip. Each
team should have a student that is assigned one of
the following duties: shovel/dibble master
(digger); tray minder (tray transporter and puts
plant in hole), and quality controller (makes sure
the plants are planted in the correct location,
planted correctly and that the hole is closed
properly). We will have fertilizer this year, so a
growth expert (fertilizer) position is also
recommended. Hopefully you can think of better
names for each position. When
students get off the buses at the site, please
have them stand in their restoration teams.
We have approximately 25 dibbles for your students
to use. Coastal Roots staff will bring the
shovels, dibbles, plant bags, and fertilizer. We
will also show students how to plant the trees
once we are at the site.
Review information on your tree/grass
species with your students. Students
will likely be interviewed by media at the
planting. It would be wise to review with students
what type of tree they are growing in their can
yards and why this type of tree is needed at the
site. Check the LSU Coastal Roots website for
information on each of the trees/grasses
that are being planted this year. This one-page
document has interesting and useful information on
Organize your seedlings.
Consolidate your seedlings onto the fewest number
of trays in the can yard. This will make it easier
to move the trays. If you have roots hanging out
of the bottom of the yellow cells, take some
scissors or garden clippers and clip off extra
roots. Be sure to keep your trees well-watered
prior to the planting day to reduce wilting.
Make a final count of the seedlings you
will be bringing on the trip to plant (count
each species separately if you have more than
one species – see the Restoration Trip
Reservation form (Link is above), Page 2.
Line up coolers for student
lunches/drinks. Many schools plan a
picnic lunch on the day of their restoration trip.
Make sure students have adequate drinks during the
Restroom availability. Restrooms
are not generally very close to planting sites. Be
sure you have adequate chaperones on hand in the
case that students need to be driven/escorted to
Checklist of Materials to bring on the
Restoration Trip Day:
slips (you retain these)
release copies in a folder for Dr. Blanchard
cell phone and emergency phone numbers to school,
wipes, extra water for washing hands
bags (for muddy shoes, trash, etc.)
paper, other emergency supplies
- cold drink
pair of shoes and socks