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Garden Close-ups

Las Flores Middle School Visit

Las Flores Middle School Visit

Irvine Ranch Conservancy - Limestone Canyon

Cub Scout Troop Visit

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Tony Tubbs

Tesoro Wildlife Videos Link

Click HERE to go to the Tesoro Wildlife Video Folder.

Click HERE to see a brief article and slideshow in The OC Register regarding the wildlife that surrounds Tesoro.

Click HERE to access our Tesoro wildlife Cameras Facebook page.

Click HERE to see the Garden Close-Up Photos Slide Show.

Check out the Tesoro Ecology Club website...

Click here to see our SchoolLoop Ecology Club site.

Click here for our Facebook Page.

Click here to see our internet web page and, hopefully, support our club.

THANK YOU to the following supporters for their generous grant awards and support for our projects!



Aquaponics System in the Sustainability Garden. 

Trees and shrubs for the Nature Trail area.


Decomposed granite for the CA Native Plant Garden. 

Wildlife Camera and Burrow camera for the outdoor environmental areas. 

Lumber and supplies for 4 raised-beds in the Sustainability Garden. 

Lumber and supplies for stairs in the Native Plant Garden.

Decomposed granite for the Pollinator Garden and the Native American garden.

Shed and tools for the Nature Trail area.

Lumber and hardware for student work benches in the Nature Trail area.

Mulch for the CA Indian and Pollinator Gardens.


Plant Labels for the Native Plant Garden.

Materials for the Rainwater Collection System in the Sustainability Garden.

Plants for the Native American garden.

Binoculars for wildlife viewing.

Solar-powered Lights for the Nature Trail paths.


$5,000 for supplies for the Sustainability Garden.


Eagle Scout Projects: 

Jacob Stanley - Nature Trail signs

Avery McCusker - Western Bluebird birdhouses in the CA Native Plant Garden and Nature Trail areas
Ian McCusker - Amphitheater seating in the Nature Trail area

Slone Smith - Raised Beds in the Sustainability Garden

Trent Tubbs - Benches around the Nature Trail

Derek Clarke - Pond in the Native Plant Garden

Matt Chang - Message boards in the Nature Trail area and the CA Native Plant Garden

Nick Garabedian Benches in the CA Native Plant Garden

Matt Davies-Morris Bat Houses in the Nature Trail area


Girl Scout Gold Award Project

Diana Hughes - Worm Composting Bin in the Sustainability Garden


Companies providing support for our projects:

The Ecology Center - Membership in the Grow Your Own! Program.

Tree of Life Nursery - Plants and great advice for the CA Native Plant, CA Indian and Pollinator Gardens.

Resource Building Materials - Decomposed Granite for the CA Native Plant Garden.

West Coast Arborists - Donated mulch for the CA Native Plant and CA Indian Gardens.

Plant Identification Resources

Click HERE to see a list of the 47 types of plants in our CA Native Plant Garden. Included is a map, showing their locations.

Click HERE to download a checklist to indicate the plant you see and a dichotomous key to many of Orange County's common plants.

About me...

I Grew up in Cypress and graduated from Cypress High School in 1983.
I attended Golden West and Fullerton Junior College before heading to Westmont College. I played baseball at Westmont and earned a BA in PE with a minor in Biology. I have a Master's Degree in PE from Azusa Pacific University.
I taught at a bilingual school in Honduras in 1990 then began teaching at La Quinta HS in 1991. I taught science and PE; coached football, basketball and baseball and was the Girls' League (a service club) and Roller Hockey Club advisor. I began teaching at Dana Hills HS in 1996 and was the Athletic Director. I taught PE and science, coached football and baseball and was the advisor to the Roller Hockey Club. In 2001, I transferred to Tesoro HS. I teach biology, coach basketball and lacrosse and am instituting several cool environmental science projects around our beautiful campus (aquaponics system, raised-bed gardens, keyhole gardens, CA native plant garden, CA Indian Garden, Pollinator Garden, nature trail, wildlife cameras, an owl nest box and a rainwater collection system). In addition, I am an assistant scoutmaster and a youth sports coach. My family includes, Kari (wife), Trent (class of 2016, currently attending the University of Montana), Kacy (class of 2019) and Jack (class of 2025) and Robert (class of 2027).
We love to spend time together as a family and we also love to travel.


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Barn Owl (look to the right)

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Gray fox rock rub

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Ecology Club Activities

Wagon Wheel - Kindergarten Visit

Audubon Society - Starr Ranch

WWES First Grade Visit to Tesoro

The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo

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