Hidden Gems: Creekside Educational Garden

The Creekside Educational Garden is quite the hidden gem due to its location behind Colusa Hall. Directly south of Big Chico Creek sits an 8,000-square-foot section of land that has been set aside for this special project.

The project began in the spring of 2011 as the third part to the larger Creekside Plaza Landscape Project. Numerous faculty and department members, as well as the Mechoopda Indian tribe, worked together to create a garden using plant species that are historically found adjacent to riparian areas for this geographical zone. Such species include the California Poppy, the Valley Oak, and the Western Redbud.

Located throughout the garden are small informational markers, which give specific information for each plant, including the common name, the scientific proper name, and other interesting facts. There are also a few larger signs that map out the multitude of plants scattered throughout the garden.

The walkway, winding along with the garden, was inspired by Big Chico Creek, which sits only a few feet away. The overall aesthetic of this section of campus is soothing and reaffirms our strong connection with nature in Chico.

Recently, artists have applied to create a beautiful piece of public art for the garden. Three of the qualified artists have been chosen and are now working to develop project proposals, from which one will be selected. The installation of the selected piece will begin in the spring of 2012 and is scheduled to be finished by May.

If you have a spare moment or want to take a different route to class, meander over to the Creekside Educational Garden to soak in the calm environment and possibly learn a thing or two about plant species that are native to Chico.

This post is part of a recurring theme, Hidden Gems of Chico State.

The piece is also featured in the latest issue of Inside Chico State.

Delta Xi Phi Days

by Michaela Boggan, Senior, Journalism

Being a member of Delta Xi Phi Multicultural Sorority Inc. has challenged my beliefs, priorities, and goals. When I decided to pledge a sorority at Chico State, I was forced to think about what I stood for, who I was, and who I wanted to be.

DXP volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, October 2011

My decision became obvious when I encountered Delta Xi Phi, because I felt that I encompassed and strived to display the five pillars the sorority stands for: advocating the advancement of women through higher education, increasing multicultural awareness, participating in community service, establishing friendship, and enjoying the bonds of sisterhood.

As a member of this sorority, I’ve been able to define who I am. I truly believe I have become a better person because I have had numerous opportunities to develop my skills as a communicator, leader, and critical thinker. I decided to take on the challenge and became president of the sorority with hopes of attaining skills that will help me in future endeavors.

Delta Xi Phi girls during the International Fair in April 2011

Apart from growing as an individual, I have met so many inspiring individuals within the Greek student population who strive to make a difference in the community. I am confident that the friendships and strong bonds I’ve made with all of my sisters will last a lifetime, and I feel honored to be part of an organization that is recognized across the nation.