More than 20 children came out for Family Volunteer Day at the Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy on Saturday, Dec. 15. Accompanied by parents, kids enjoyed planting seeds, pulling weeds and hearing from an educator about local conservation efforts.

Family Volunteer Day, the conservancy’s newest outreach program, provides activities that help children and adults understand the beauty and significance of the Palos Verdes Peninsula’s natural areas.

Kids helped to plant rattlepod seeds, one of only two plants that the Palos Verdes blue butterfly relies on to survive. The Palos Verdes blue butterfly is one of four at-risk species the conservancy has worked to protect. Others include the El Segundo blue butterfly, the Coastal California gnatcatcher and the cactus wren.

The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy grows the food plants and restores and maintains the habitat essential to the reintroduction of the rattlepod. Currently, the conservancy cultivates 60 different species of plants used in projects committed to restoring habitats critical to survival of these species.

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