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By Daniel Ritz

After announcing it to members on April 5, The Ecology Center in San Juan Capistrano held a public event on Saturday, April 7 to celebrate the expansion of their work beyond San Juan Capistrano. While their work in San Juan Capistrano will continue, they will now be able to bring their programming off their property and into communities far and wide. “Road Trip,” is a double-decker bus completely overhauled to showcase the full capacity of The Ecology Center’s agricultural education programming.

“It’s a toolbox for transforming communities,” said The Ecology Center Founder Evan Marks. “With Road Trip, we are able to provide tools, knowledge and experiences that will foster long-lasting memories and help to nourish all children.”

Road Trip’s unique mobile experience curates memorable school visits, farm-to-table meals, skills-based workshops and community celebrations. On board, guests will find two stories of interactive displays, a fully-equipped mobile kitchen and a pop-up farmers’ market. When visiting a school, Road Trip will transform the campus into a multi-day interactive field trip. Students will engage in eco-skills workshops like seed saving, growing food and composting.

The Ecology Center also announced this week that they will be breaking ground on a farm in Encinitas as they enter into a partnership with the San Diego Unified School District. The 10-acre farm will be used as a community education center for local students.

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