The LandUse Learning Center (LLC) is a demonstration garden depicting sustainable practices in local land use; native habitats, urban areas and agriculture.
The LLC serves as an educational tool for empowering southern Californians to practice natural resource stewardship at home, at work, and in the community. Each area includes labeled plants with accompanying plant lists. The three garden areas demonstrate ways that land management practices, wise land use planning, and retrofits can be used to create urban and agro-ecosystems that function more like healthy natural ecosystems.
Healthy natural systems:
• filter and clean water and air
• reduce runoff and moderate flooding
• infiltrate water for storage in underground aquifers
• decompose wastes and cycle nutrients for new plant growth
• support pollinators, beneficial insects, and biological control of pests.
The 3-acre demonstration garden is located at the Resource Conservation Center, a re-purposed research facility, the former US Salinity Laboratory. The goal of the Resource Conservation Center is to foster community conservation efforts and to serve as a location for information exchange concerning sustainable natural resource management.
Conservation agencies and grassroots organizations with complimentary missions utilize the demonstration garden and conference room for programs, training, and meetings.
When visiting the LandUse Learning Center, please sign in and pick up plant lists, technical publications and educational materials. Additional assistance is available at Building A.
LandUse Learning Center serves as a Citizen Science Outpost and resource center of the Santa Ana Watershed Community Science Network. The Santa Ana Community Science Network is a collaborative and community-based effort to organize and train community members of all ages to become citizen scientists and participate in hands-on science projects that help protect the Santa Ana Watershed and its ecosystems. Visit the LLC today to help gather scientific data for real science projects occurring throughout our watershed and all over the world.