United States
My project will include/begin with my Roots and Shoots group advertising for people at my high-school to bring in their old electronics which will be collected in collection boxes throughout the school and in our student center bringing awareness to our cause amongst the community to then have the items be recycled.
United States
Our goal is to have a event which would be held outside and since it geared more towards the younger generation we would have different tables for different activities. And everything would be centered on rainforests and the nature. This would be to make their experience fun and enjoyable while learning about an important subject.
United States
Our students will create and present engaging lessons for younger kids that teach them about environmental topics. We will have 10-15 booths run by student groups of 6-10 students each. Each booth will promote or educate a different topic that will educate kids about environmental topics. Example of past topics are listed below. Our students (grades 9-12) research each of these topics, develop a short lesson, create informational sheets and posters, create a script and talking points, gather materials, and practice. A small committee of our Green Team club advertises to the Arcadia community and all the schools by making flyers, posting announcements in bulletins, reaching out to all of our districts schools, and posting to social media including facebook, twitter, and instagram. This committee designs and prints the passport to be used by all of the volunteer groups and organizes the other campus clubs (Sierra, Campus Environmentalists, Red Cross, Affinity for Animals, and Kare4Kids) in 3 preparation and planning meetings before the LAEEF event. Examples of booth topics: IPM Ladybugs, Preying Mantis, mosquito fish oh my Aquatic Animals and ecosystems (fish, snails, elodea, newts, tadpoles) Native and Endangered animals - Desert Tortoise, Big Horn Sheep, Rosy Boa, Birds? Natural Disasters (Climate Change increasing flood/hurricanes/etc) Diseases and Environmental Justice (Disease prevention in developing world) Wind Eneregy (Make pinwheels) Decomposition (Worm Composting) - Kare4Kids Club Seed Bombs (Native plants that attract pollinators) Watter Bottle Hydroponics (No room - No problem! Grow veggies indoors) Current and Alternative Energies (Power for the future!) -Campus Environmentalists Not Everything that looks like trash goes in the trash! (Sorting your trash) Campus Environmental Tragedy of the commons - Goldfish Activity
Australia
We have a high number of refugee students. This program introduces our students to Australian animals and opens up many questions and discussions on how these animals survive, behave, and live in their natural habitats.
United States
Our Roots & Shoots groups coordinates an annual moth night each year. In 2013, we gathered in our backyard. In 2014, we collaborated with the National Park Service and gathered on the beach within the park boundaries. We will continue to take part each year and in doing so increase awareness and appreciation for these nocturnal pollinators.
Costa Rica
Each student will follow the same protocol for surveying the biodiversity around their home at least twice each month during the school year. This will include recording the date, time range and weather conditions of each survey as well as a detailed description of (1) each species that they observe (sketches and photographs will be encouraged) and (2) the microhabitat in which they observe each species. Students can choose whether they will be generalists (surveying all organisms in their "backyard") or specialists (surveying one or a few specific groups of organisms in their "backyard", for example birds and orchids). The same protocol will be followed when surveys are done as a class during field trips and during on-campus walkabouts. We will use class time as well as after-school time to identify species that students observe, with help from The Web of Life, field guides and local biologists and naturalists. Additionally, each survey location will be mapped using GIS. All of this information will allow us to create an annual report on the biodiversity in this region of Costa Rica, including data on geographic ranges in relation to habitat availability as well as seasonal variation in species presence. It is also our hope that this project will occur across several years, so that we will also be able to track the biodiversity of this region in many different locations (student "backyards") and across the long term.
United States
We will feed people, organize garden upkeep, planting, harvesting. We will work with The Butterfly Pavilion.
United States
Students will map our school campus and compare the area that has concrete versus the area that is uncovered and has soil. Then we will calculate the number of species that live on and depend on those areas and see how much of an impact concrete has.
United States
I plan to have the group meet twice a month. At each meeting, we will cover some key vocabulary words as well as the concepts behind them. Each meeting will feature a hands-on project to illustrate the selected topic, such as a nature-related experiment, making bird feeders, water-scopes and outdoor explorations. Occasionally we may arrange extra meetings at nature centers and parks. Each meeting will end with a short song, poem or picture book relating to the topic covered. The topics covered will alternate between focussing on a trait found in many animals and how they compare, and focussing in depth on the natural history of a particular local species. This means that there will be one general topic and one species spotlight per month. Contact me for meeting locations and dates.
United States
We will focus on both learning and action in our group events this year. The learning component will include (1) consumption, waste, and reduce/reuse/recycle, (2) local food production and soil health, and (3) regional watershed protection and conservation. The action component will include (1) neighborhood debris clean-up and recycling, and (2) regional clean-up and conservation on learning trips to area ecosystems.

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