Update from Living Classrooms Foundation:
“To clarify~ the items on site belong to our partner REI and are there temporarily as props to support the REI stage at the bluegrass festival on 4/30. The astroturf and potted trees will be removed from the island after the festival. REI brings hundreds of volunteers to help clean up the island each April (including 300 volunteers this weekend!). Funds raised from the bluegrass festival (a zero-waste event) go directly to support hands-on education programming for inner-city youth. To learn more about Living Classrooms’ education and job-training programs, visit www.livingclassrooms.org. Thanks for your concern, but you don’t have anything to worry about – we all have Kingman’s best interest at heart! Hope to see you on April 30th on Kingman Island!”
Although I’ve never seen any education programming, I thought that Kingman Island was supposed to be an environmental classroom – partly because the Kingman Island Bluegrass festival claims to be raising money for environmental education on the island.
Recently I’ve noticed that a large number of trees have been cut down and replaced with grass, non-native trees, and AstroTurf.
Yes. AstroTurf. (more…)