The project will profile areas around the world that are severely impacted by global climate change. They will look into the areas of land use changes due to climate change, changes to the hydrosphere and water supply, as well has how climate change will affect the humans and biodiversity of the country they are researching. This project was developed after the it was realized among the group that there were misconceptions about climate change within the community.
It will develop a bog garden for children of the school to both visit and study as part of science and biology lessons. It will create a habitat for much wildlife.
Bancroft Scholars are completing Community Projects this year. All scholars are identifying community challenges and devising action plans to meet current needs. The Green Team is composed of scholars that are concerned about the CA drought and maintaining an edible garden to counter the effects on the environment. This project will allow our scholars the opportunity to transform their research and dreams into action as they install water capturing devices, as well as fuel our school garden. Students and teachers have been working with organizations such as Tree People to increase their knowledge and skillset in addressing these issues. Regular planning sessions and actual hands on work days have allowed for the creation of one native garden and is currently allowing for the development of the edible garden. With funding, the garden beds will soon be filled with leafy greens and rain barrels will be installed to capture this winter's rain. Saturday Greening Days are in the works in order to make these dreams a reality.
Our project will educate community members about our local wetland and the important role it plays in our watershed. We are designing a brochure that will explain what lives in the wetland, the history of it, why it's important, and what things individuals can do to preserve and protect it. We think if people become more educated about wetlands in general, they will want to preserve them. We are working with an eagle scout group to build a kiosk at the main trailhead. Once the kiosk and brochure are completed, we plan to advertise our work through an all school assembly, an article in the school newsletter and local paper, and signage at the entrance to the park. On Earth Day next spring, we will host a wetland clean-up day to share our work with the community and encourage others to become stewards of the wetland. We will also offer educational nature walks to younger classes at our school.
Participants will create place based art and writing inspired by the brook. Some will be completely natural and can be left in place to naturally erode or wash away (art made with stones and sticks, for instance) as well as writing which will be distributed by the Cosmotropism Story Project as stories written on origami turtles and "freed" throughout the world. Through these activities, participants will learn about the history of the brook and the community, the science of the plants and animals that call the brook home as well as how to express their new ideas, plans and actions through art and writing. Additionally, as they have learned about how the life of the brook and the community intertwine, they will themselves be creating, documenting and disseminating new folklore about the creek and the community.
We will plant trees, pick up garbage, make a nature path, and approach local officials about solving pollution problems.
Establish a roots and Shoots groups through Primary and secondary schools Establishing a tree planting program-Nursery and distribute seedlings free of charge to schools and parents of the Member group. -Select a steering committee and an executive committee for day to day activities. -Prepare a plan, budget, and an action plan, prepare Monitoring and Evaluation and report writing.
The 8th grade students at Saint Paul the Apostle School will lead the community in a greening project for our campus. They will research, design and create a landscape plan that has positive environmental impact. Working with the administration, teachers, students and drawing from the expertise of our parent community, they will lead the school in implementing the plan culminating in a planting day.
We have already begun mapping our the contours of our campus to find the path of water drainage. Our garden lies directly in the path of the creek that existed at the turn of the 20th century, so the next phase will be creating a series of swales in our garden to capture the water. We will also begin a series of smaller projects to alleviate flooding problems on campus with the use of rain barrels, curb cuts, and rain gardens. Next year, he hope to have the partnerships and funding in place to expand the daylighting of Arroyo Sacatella, create more permeable surfaces, and install a cistern to reduce our water consumption in drought stricken California.
We will replant our Native Butterfly Garden with the correct milkweed for our region. We will educate others about the detriment of tropical milkweed for Monarchs and the need to plant the correct species of milkweed for the region.