Earth Day National Day of Service at Gold Park (Stolja Ali (place of medicine) an Ethnobotanical garden)
In 2010, LEAF School students of EdCC (Learn and Serve Environmental Anthropology Field ) adopted Gold Park (6421 200th St. SW, Lynnwood, WA) began transforming it with the removal of invasive plant species, old buried garbage piles and park users trash, in the 6.44-acre property. Then replanted more than 160 native plant species, installed signage and built walking trails. With the Snohomish Tribe of Indians, they designed it an ethnobotanical garden, Stolja Ali was born.
Stolja Ali means ‘Place of Medicine’. Showcasing native plants of the Coast Salish Tribes such as: ferns, salal, trillium, bleeding heart, and huckleberries. Conversations about their modern uses and roles in restoration and ecology take place while students work the land. Upkeep of trails helps park users to stay on the path with mulch provided by the City of Lynnwood. In the spring the Snohomish County Conservation District donates 10-12 native plant species to replace the evasive species we remove.
We are proud to continue the legacy by maintaining, nurturing and caring for our place of medicine. Elders of the Snohomish Tribe of Indians lead us with teachings, song and humor by a warm fire, keeping students’ attention before and after the physical work.
We are fortunate that Ivars Seafood and Chowder House and Café Ladro generously donate our lunchtime meal for our students after working hard in the woods.