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In our Milkweeds for Monarchs project, we do have two advantages specific to the location of our school. Since our town is on the Pacific flyway for migratory species, we are in the right place for the monarchs that travel within the U.S. Large numbers of them winter over in Santa Cruz, here in California. Our second advantage is that the school has acreage that is undevelopable for campus use because it is a steep hillside. We intend to develop this as a habitat for migratory species of all sorts. We will grow native plants for food attractive to those species. We will also provide plants that attract insects that will be food for those species. The milkweeds for monarchs will fit right in there! While we already have some native milkweed on campus--less than a dozen plants--we do plan on increasing that number both in our landscaped areas and the habitat acreage. Since our school has an existing service learning component, upgraded from community service in the past, the project will offer students a chance to work and learn at home as well as school. This is of particular benefit to students who have sports or other commitments after school which is usually when most students do service learning projects. Here's a rough outline of the three components necessary to accomplish this: First, we will engage students in learning about both pieces of the equation: the monarchs and the plants necessary for their food or hosting their eggs. It involves identifying local species of milkweed, growing them for their seeds, and propagating them to increase the number of plants available for the monarchs' eggs. There will be resources of all sorts online as well as informational activities with staff or volunteers from the wider community. Second, we will reach out to our communities. We have two of them. Our school community draws widely from more than a dozen suburbs. In addition, the town in which our school is located is also has its own connection to us; we have a role in the life of Walnut Creek. In addition to raising native milkweed plants, we will provide young milkweeds for any families that are willing to plant and tend them in their gardens as part of our outreach. We will publicize this both on campus, on our school website, and, we hope, in our local newspaper. This is to widen people's understanding about the monarchs' difficulties and how to help. In this outreach, we will also connect with community programs such as our local Master Gardeners, people at UC Davis, our local wildlife center, and community naturalists for advice and learning. Third, as with our school-wide service learning goals, the students who participate in this project will give back to our school. They will choose a way to teach a specified audience within our PS-8th grade school community about their experience. Their projects may take any form they wish that suits their audience and their talents or interests. This teaching component may range from an interactive classroom visit to a video, from a bulletin board display to being a docent for the wildlife habitat we are creating. There is one more element woven into the above three parts. That is empathy. First we will discuss the needs of the two species, the insects and plants at the heart of our project. Next we will look at the world of our campus and surroundings and try to identify locations that are hospitable to the needs of the both. I think this, of all components, it the one thing--the one reality-- that will make our school citizens into agents for change. It will create a home for the meaning of such projects within our students.
Students will display their map of the community including our church, the parking lot, grocery stores, and the restaurant that donates space for the meals to be prepared. We will invite a leader from the local food bank to talk with us about what being food insecure means. We will invite the leader of the "Grace to Go" mission to talk with us about the service provided. Children will work as Sunday School begins and as it ends, and students will take home, in large envelopes materials to further create placemats. They will bring these back to class completed. They will write to their parents a letter asking to earn or use their own money to buy small mints to tape to the placemats.
We are reaching out to local people and those overseas to donate trees and plants and then we will plant them in our new garden! Volunteers from all over the world have already pledged to help and we will be welcoming the local communities to help plant them too!
First I am making a Facebook page to get more and more people involved which will show people easy things they can do, then once that has become successful, I will start to run public clean ups etc. The face book page I have created is called: Small changes make a big difference
As part of JGI-DRC’s goals, which are in line with the Conservation Action Plan for Great Apes in Eastern DRC (Strategy 3: Raise awareness and involve the populations in conservation), proposed activities include (1) study tours and exchanges of experiences between protected areas, community forests, and sanctuaries, and (2) implementing an awareness and knowledge program on great apes for targeted communities.
We will present to the City of St. Louis Park a climate report card with a detailed analysis of the cities grades in the four subjects of; Zero emissions plan, Renewable energy, Waste management, and Carbon Removal. We will then ask them to vote on a Climate Inheritance Resolution that is a promise from them to the people of St. Louis Park that they will create a Climate Action Plan.
We could find out more about local birds by researching, starting with the Mass. Audubon Society's website. Then we could identify local birds that need more nesting boxes, and learn about the specifications of the nesting boxes that work best for our birds. We can buy kits, build houses, and get the bird houses out for next spring!
We will garner support and people to come out one day after finals to clean the beach.
Currently, the plot is full of plastic waste, building materials, and rubbish accumulated over many years. We are planning a school event for the 20th of August to raise awareness among parents, the local community and the general public about our aim to provide education and inspiration by beautifying this piece of degraded land and turning it into a natural playground and food forest. We are planning to set up waste management stations and are hoping to teaching ways of re-using what currently is littering our environment by teaching bottle-brick making, papercrete, etc. We are hoping to motivate especially our neighbours to join us in this project.