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Smart Start Preschool student Kenley Keffeler, 5, examines the wood mulch in her playground. Mulch is used instead of grass to cut back on water usage in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Blue Fescue Grass in Smart Start Prechool's zero-water garden in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Logan Coles, 4, and Kenley Keffeler, 5, explore the environmentally sustainable wood mulch in their playground at Smart Start Preschool in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Teacher Ginny Zywot shows her Smart Start Preschool students around their drought-resistant garden that they built to conserve water and promote native plant growth in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Smart Start Preschool students Seth Lee, 4, and Jameson Ruetz, 4, are careful to stay on the circle stones as they leap around their drought resistant Zen garden.

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Students at Smart Start Preschool in Redondo Beach, Calif. race each other to the slide in their wood mulch playground that has been built to reduce water usage in the backyard.

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Teacher Ginny Zywot tells her students to “care and love for each other as well as care and love for our earth” before they head out to learn about their water conserving garden at Smart Start Preschool in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Smart Start Preschool student Reese Waldron, 5, and teacher Ginny Zywot discover the smallest details of each native plant in their Zen Garden in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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Students Aryana Deshpende, 3, Seth Lee, 4, and Jameson Ruetz, 4, learn about each native plant in their drought resistant garden at Smart Start Preschool in Redondo Beach, Calif.


As California enters its fourth drought year, residents are being urged to conserve water.

Although the state was just hit by a storm, it was not enough. With all the talks of saving water, KPCC’s Deepa Fernandes wonders how that message is being taught to children.  


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