Every year students from Riverside’s first Sister City, Sendai, Japan come for a visit! This year the students did something different from previous years during their trip to Riverside. Hosted by RUSD’s STEM Academy, Sendai students took a walking tour of downtown Riverside and visited various sites of historic significance, including the Harada House. At each stop, students collect pre-selected items that represented the location before returning to the Riverside Metropolitan Museum to construct symbolic structures that represented the Japanese American experience in Riverside. The next day, students came to visit the nature center where they took hikes and participated in a bioblitz!
The nature center loves to welcome visitors from all over the world, but especially loves it when those visitors enjoy learning about the natural world! The nature center had a great time welcoming the students and looks forward to their trip again next year!