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We are meeting at Moody Ave. playground to plant milkweed seeds and if members bring a packet of seeds each then we will divide them amongst the group to plant at home. The kids can also play on the playground afterwards. Hopefully we can recruit some new members during this meeting as well.
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In October, we surveyed our campus several times and found it lacks variety of plants, birds, and other wildlife. We have identified 3 sites on our campus to convert into suitable habitat for plants and birds. We installed 3 raised-bed gardens. We will use our 3 new garden beds to cultivate flowers and plants that are native to Michigan or are suitable for our climate. Students led research will guide our planting decisions. Initially, community support will be necessary for our success. We will need to seek seasonal donations of flower seeds and other plants for our garden beds. Donated items will grow in our garden beds. Once plants are mature, they will be transplanted all around our campus in hopes that the new foliage and flowers will attract birds and other wildlife. After the first cycle or transplants, students will be taught to harvest seeds, split plants, and propagate new shoots. This winter we are making bird feeders from pinecones, peanut butter, and birdseeds. We will make more than 50 pinecone feeders and hang them from existing trees to help lure birds onto our campus. We will recycle heavy-duty plastic bottles and make birdhouses. Students will count the number of birds at feeders throughout the winter. After the first year, we hope to use our beds to grow flowers for fundraising. Our goal will be to use the money to make purchases that will further develop our garden and habitat sites.
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Action Plan Overview: 1. Develop plans for the design of the garden *Completed: Students researched native species and designed garden space) 2. Ask permission and seek support *Completed: We have a space determined and have support from the district's buildings and grounds department and from the National Wildlife Federation's Pollinator Garden project. https://www.nwf.org/Garden-for-Wildlife/About/National-Initiatives/Plant-For-Pollinators 3. Collect seeds *Completed: We have collected native plant seeds from our school grounds. Other seeds will be provided by the NWF 4. Seek out additional funding *Completed: We have secured a grant from WPS for a hydroponics system---soon we will be raising our plants in our classroom from seed! 5. Raise plants through the winter and plant in the spring on a portion of the garden along a trail 6. In the main/larger area, we need to herbicide the entire area in August to prepare for the mass seed planting 7. In late September/early October NWF will come out and help us spread the seed as a classroom activity 8. In the spring, the seeds will grow and we will monitor the growth continually---maintenance on the garden will be annual mowing
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It will make the Abilene Zoo a more beautiful place. We will take out most of the current plants in the existing garden and add newer, native butterfly friendly plants. Our hope is that more people will want to make their own butterfly gardens at home and we're helping them do that by creating interactive activities.
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Students will research, design, create and up-cycle bird, bee, and butterfly houses out of readily available materials and/or recyclable materials. In addition, students will research, plan, and create gardens in our school yard and community that promote bird, bee, butterfly habitats. In the spring, we hope to host a sale to sell the plants that we grow, houses that we created as well as hand out informational and DIY pamphlets on birds, bees, and butterflies and their habitats. The proceeds from this sale will be donated to support a local group in our community/city. The students of Room 32 will collaborate, mentor and teach fellow classrooms at our school to create awareness and promote small actions to protect birds, bees, and butterflies habitats and ecosystems as well as inform them on plants they can plant at home to support our little friends.
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By May 2018 we will improve the area around our school by planting an apple trees and by spreading wildflowers in early spring 2018. Additionally we will create other housing options for bees and native pollinators and install and maintain a mason bee house with mason bee cocoons.
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We have acquired a garden box and need to add liner and dirt and flower seeds. We already have three garden boxes devoted to edibles and a garden lab program. We teach over 150 kinder gardeners about growing foods from seeds, healthy dirt and beneficial garden bugs. This project would add a much needed landing pad for butterfly's in the kindergarten area and additional strengthen our program so that we can include teaching about butterfly habitat and life cycles.We would also be providing a much needed resting spot for insects traveling over our heavy paved school.
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Our project will benefit monarchs and other butterflies. We will plant a large butterfly garden with lots of milkweed and other host plants for different kinds of butterflies and pollinators as well.
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Students will build birdhouses and plant flowers to attract bees, birds, and butterflies.
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I will create a garden using milkweed and other native, indigenous plants to help the monarchs. Milkweed is the only plant that they can lay their eggs on and by using that plant I can encourage them to come here and create a safe spot for them. I will create the garden at my local elementary school with a group of fifth graders. They are in a class were they have to create a project and I will be there to help mentor them.

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