The Preuss Garden Group works with students in the Ecology Club of Preuss, a middle/high school located at UCSD’s perimeter. The projects we work on are based on its sustainability, the needs of the garden and the ability to involve students. Click to see our Mission, Vision, and Goals!
Meeting place: Preuss Garden (5 min from UCSD campus); nearest intersection: Voigt Dr x Campus Point Dr
Contact: Tyler McHenry. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects Going On
What We’ve Done:
Lorax Bottle Bench
We plan to build a 4 person bench made from mortar (a mixture of sand, dirt, and clay) and “bottle bricks” (plastic bottles stuffed with dry trash). In order to gain experience, we will first build 4 stumps and paint them to look like truffula trees from “The Lorax” by Dr. Seuss. We hope this will educate and inspire students to be more conscious about their waste production. Similar benches have been constructed around the world and on other campuses.
We will first collect 120 finished bottle bricks. Craigslist will provide common materials such as clay and sand. After all materials have been collected, we will work with the student s on a weekend and build the bench.
What We’ve Done
We have collected around 50 bottles and plan to finish construction of the four stumps by winter quarter.
Tool Table (Past Project)
Due to a lack of space to store tools in the Preuss Garden, we decided to construct a table.
Following this guide, we cut 2×4 wood into various lengths and attached them to form the frames you see in the picture at left. The two frames will be nailed onto table legs, secured by steel brackets, and attached to a 5′ x 2.5′ plywood top. This table will then be lacquered, resulting in a strong waterproof table ready to hold tools!
We are currently in the construction phase and aim to be finished by the end of Winter quarter 2011!