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Our class will study soil quality, sun duration, and survey available water for the planting beds across our campus. We will also inventory and identify existing plants on campus. Finally, we will work with this information to identify the best choices to meet our long-term, low water, native plant goals to fill these mostly-blank spaces with beautiful plant life.
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We will clean up the creek and the path next to it. I will make flyers to send out to my community to invite people to help beautify the creek.
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My project will clean up our local beach and I will work with my school to offer service learning to students who want to participate in this event.
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The third grade teachers (we have 10) will ask for parent volunteers to help us create an outdoor stream that we will create to teach and model how erosion happens. We have an outdoor science learning area that we will use to create our stream. Students will see how soil erodes when the proper ground cover is not in place and we will discuss how we can create solutions to erosion problems around our school and in our community. When the students see the erosion happening, they will get a true understanding of the importance of erosion control.
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Using our Ecology Club's funds and grants from several foundations, we will draft a design plan and budget. Once approved by local administrators, we will employ the help of over 50 BHS Ecology Club members to bring the garden project into reality. Yearly funds raised by the Eco Club would be used to maintain the garden and the compost bin.
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Through the leadership of our member students and through funding, we will purchase gardening tools, mulch and plant seeds to prepare the soil, arrange the planting beds and water our gardens. In addition, students will conduct school-wide workshops to develop consciousness and awareness of water usage, eco-friendly flora and education on native plants of our state. Eventual and follow-up projects that build upon the native-plant garden will involve tree planting with the aim of providing shade areas throughout school and that will cool our concrete-covered campus while aiding in harvesting the little precipitation we get.
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This year, we will be taking a trip to the Hansen's Agricultural Center to visit with their experts to see what they are doing to attract pollinators. After this trip, we will be 1) researching and planting other types of native plant species in our class garden to not only continue to attract Monarch butterflies, but other types of butterflies; 2) teaching our first grade study buddies about plant and butterfly life cycles and planting with them seeds to nurture into seedlings to take home and plant; and 3) creating new information placards to display in our garden so that all students, staff, and parents who pass by our garden daily will learn about our garden - why it is important, what is happening in it, how it is changing to meet the needs of a variety of butterflies, and what they can do in their own home gardens to expand our care towards butterflies.
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We will cut the asphalt next to our lunch area and build a rain garden on our parking lot campus to help mitigate flooding. The basin of our rain garden is a long swale that will also serve as access to the back of the garden. It will be covered in wood chips. We will use native plants wherever possible and select for seasonal appeal and habitat value. We will not use any pesticides or herbicides in our garden.
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We received grants from the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District to plant 50 plants between two schools in the community. We successfully worked together to plant the drought tolerant and native plants in garden areas at Lugonia Elementary and Barbara Phelps County School.
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Our project would impact the part of the beach that we cleaned, and will impact the sea life and birds in the area. This will also give a good example to the beach goers, so they can pick up their trash off the beach too. We planned a good day for our club to go and then publicized it with our school so we can have a lot of help.

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