Mrs. Kirkham's 4th grade class from West Homer Elementary was studying plants. They wanted to learn more about things that could harm Alaska's native plants. They met with Blaine, an invasive plant biologist from the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District. They wanted to help Blaine make the habitat on Firtz Creek healthier for plants and animals. They learned about how Reed Canarygrass can affect the food chain. It can dry up streams and make it hard for salmon to swim and mate. With less salmon, people and bears go hungry.

Mrs. Kirkham's fourth graders dug up all the Reed Canarygrass that they could find! They filled the entire back of a truck with all the invasive grass that they had removed from the stream habitat. The fourth graders made a real difference in Homer's fight against invasive plants.