Laura Renninger

About Laura Renninger

Laura is a native of Whidbey Island and grew up with a reverence for the Garry Oaks in Oak Harbor. In addition to being a founding member of OHGOS, Laura is a Registered Nurse and has worked in acute care for the last 30 years. Laura and her husband, Barry, are avid gardeners.

New Short Film – Smith Park and the Garry Oak Tree

By |2019-12-14T18:18:14-08:00December 14th, 2019|Categories: Outreach|

Learn about Smith Park in Oak Harbor, WA, the unique Garry Oak Tree, and the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society which aims to keep the "oak" in Oak Harbor. This amazing video was created by talented WWU student Jaya Flanary and narrated by OHGOS President Laura Renninger. Thank you Jaya and everyone involved! [...]

Native Plant Restoration and Species Recovery in Smith Park

By |2019-11-03T07:37:30-08:00October 30th, 2019|Categories: Preservation|

On October 14th, 2019, Oak Harbor City Parks Board voted unanimously to begin the policy of deferred lawn mowing in Smith Park, a proposal put forth by Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society, in order to allow ecologically important native wildflowers to fully bloom and set seed. The practice of deferred mowing will allow the resurgence of [...]

Oaks Planted in Ridgeway, Lueck, Kimball, and Sumner Parks

By |2019-11-10T08:22:04-08:00October 19th, 2019|Categories: Preservation|

Keeping the "Oak" in Oak Harbor Intrepid volunteers, 10 adults and two youngsters, got the planting job done in Lueck and Ridgeway Parks today in Oak Harbor! Our cheerful helpers planted and placed cage protection around new Garry oak tree seedlings despite the rain. In subsequent days, volunteers continued planting in Kimball Park and [...]

Oaks, a Mural, and Native Plants in our Landscape

By |2019-11-09T15:20:32-08:00July 6th, 2019|Categories: Outreach|

Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society is excited about the completion of the new mural painted on the side of a building at the corner of Jensen Street and E. Pioneer Way. The mural, depicting a Garry oak meadow at sunset, points the way to historic Smith Park, which contains hundreds of ancient Garry oaks, [...]

Easter Egg Hunt & Oak Education

By |2019-11-09T15:20:40-08:00April 1st, 2019|Categories: Community Events|

Join Us for a Fun Easter Egg Hunt and Garry Oak Education in Oak Harbor!Saturday, April 20 from 1-2PM in Smith ParkChildren ages 1-9 years are welcome. There will be Garry oak tree education and activities. Plus, find lucky coins and win prices, and pick up coupons for participating Downtown Merchants!Click to see this event on [...]

Acorn Harvest Time

By |2019-11-09T15:21:16-08:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: Preservation|

Harvest time is upon us. Gratefully, we see the acorn harvest this year compared to last year has been especially plentiful! Our group has been busy collecting acorns and planting them in tall pots for future planting projects. Beyond acorns, we have also collected Garry oak twigs, pieces of bark, lichens and mosses, leaves, and selected [...]

Staying Cool Under the Shade of Oaks!

By |2019-11-09T15:21:57-08:00August 15th, 2018|Categories: Outreach|

Isn't it nice to find a cool shady spot under our majestic oaks during these warm summer days? Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society met with the film crew from Whidbey Telecom in July under the shade of Smith Parks oaks to shoot film for a show called The Curious Islander. The Curious Islander segment will focus [...]

Oaks Planted at Freund Marsh

By |2019-11-09T15:22:10-08:00May 10th, 2018|Categories: Preservation|

Recently eight Garry oak seedlings were planted along the trail at Freund Marsh by the Oak Harbor Garry Oak Society, City of Oak Harbor Parks, and Miss Oak Harbor Royalty members including Teen Miss Oak Harbor Emily Evans, Teen Second Princess Savanneh Dahl, and Miss Second Princess Autumn Coker. This project celebrated Arbor Day 2018 with the help [...]

Students Enjoy After School Garry Oak Enrichment

By |2019-11-09T15:22:31-08:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Education|

A successful pilot program at Broadview Elementary has just wrapped up. What's next for Garry oaks in the classroom? Students use rubber stamps and colored pencils to depict their version of the habitat found inside Garry oak ecosystems. Each student was provided their own Garry oak folders which they took home to keep at the [...]

Notable Oaks of Oak Harbor Walking Tour April 21, 2018

By |2019-11-09T15:44:31-08:00April 6th, 2018|Categories: Outreach|

Saturday, April 21st 2018 10AM - 12PM Featuring the Post Office Demonstration Native Plant Garden and Smith Park Oak Grove Meet At: Oak Harbor Post Office parking lot at 10:00 AM Naturalist Educator Melissa Duffy and Local Historian Scott Hornung will lead a tour of some of Oak Harbor's noteworthy Garry oaks and plants found in [...]