Our school-based Roots & Shoots group has chosen to create an up-cycled vertical, edible garden in the courtyard of the kindergarten classroom on our school campus. We started this project by creating vertical garden prototypes out of reclaimed wood pallets. We built 4-foot tall wooden frames to help us experiment with possibilities for creating a large-scale vertical, edible garden that is suspended from a wall in an open-air courtyard. After coming up with a successful design for suspending the garden, we collected hundreds of plastic smartwater bottles and turned them into containers for soil and plants. We cut openings in the bottles, and poked holes for drainage and to guide recycled mason line through the bottles to suspend them. We will able suspend eight water bottles in each column on the courtyard wall, with seven columns in total. When we have finished constructing the wall, we will fill each both with soil and organic seedlings of vegetables and herbs.
Nature by Twilight- a Wellington Zoo Roots & Shoots event for Parks Week Date: Saturday, 14 March, 2015 Time: 7:00- 9:00 pm Meeting location: Otari Wilton’s Bush (meet at the North entrance car park, 20 metres down from Churchill Drive) Brief description of event: Join Wellington Zoo’s Roots and Shoots group for a fun evening of glow worm viewing, gecko searching, eel spotting and much more! Suitable for the whole family Please bring: A torch, sturdy footwear, warm clothes, a mug, and gold coins (a koha/donation for supper) Postponement date: Saturday 21 March, 2015. If the weather is looking wet you can call the Wellington City Council Contact Centre on 499 4444 after 4pm to check if the event has been postponed Cost: Free Registrations: Just turn up! For more information please contact: Lynn.email@example.com The event will be broken into four sections: 1.Welcome - will include an introduction to Roots and Shoots (from our two youngest members), getting participants to put red cellophane over their torches, a health and safety briefing, and some icebreaker activities around nature. 2. Walk to Troup Lawn with a guided walk, called Come to Your Senses (focussing on using the five senses when looking at plants). At the lawn have some free play, looking at Birds and Eels. 3. Supper (hot choc and baking/biscuits), and activities at Troup lawn (quadrants, and story-telling) 4. Walk back from Troup Lawn with a focus on Geckos, Invertebrates and Glow worms.
Our Roots & Shoots team members will team up with university students traveling from four universities in and out of state for spring break to work with Habitat for Humanity. We will be working on green spaces and making aesthetic improvements to owner occupied homes in a low income area and will prepare lots of land for a few new homes that Habitat will soon build.
Phase 1 - School Engagement ( 10 team from 10 different school in Selangor area participate Green Challenge (GC) . ) Phase 2 - Problem Identification ( Each team able to identify the environmental sub issue and problem that faced by their settings ( School/housing area ) ) Phase 3 - MIRACLE Youth Conference ( Training Workshop ) (Each team able to come out the action plan using Roots&Shoots Project Model to solve the environmental problem after the end of MYC. ) Phase 4 - Green Challenge ( Everyone takes action) Phase 5 - Celebration ( Showcase your project )
Every April a speaker will be invited to present at the assembly. Included at the assembly maybe students singing songs about environmental issues and a "recycle fashion show" where a queen and king of recycling will be crowned. We will also recognize any students and adults that have volunteered extra time to help our "green" efforts.
Our initial step is to acquire vertical planters, plant growth medium, water testing equipment, and plant nutrient solutions. These materials will constructed within the already-existing structure of the hydroponic system at Pizzo Elementary. University students have already begun and will continue a series of educational lessons and activities in the 1st grade class, to explain the importance of sustainable gardening and to give the students a sense of ownership of their project. In Spring 2015, herbs and spices will be planted as seeds in the classroom and monitored by the students. Once mature, the seedling will be transplanted to the vertical planters and the students will care for them in their hydroponic garden. In Fall 2015, larger vegetables will be planted in the same way and will thus be added to the burgeoning garden. Hands-on educational activities both in the classroom and in the garden will continue once the garden has been established.
To create the pollinator garden, we must first clean up the project site, a courtyard "reading garden" that is currently in disarray. University students will hold a series of educational lessons and activities in the kindergarten class at Pizzo Elementary, to explain the importance of pollinators and give the students a sense of ownership of their project. During one such activity, we will help the students choose plants that will be attractive to many native pollinators in Florida. In early spring, we will have a planting day and celebration with the students as we plant the garden together. Hands-on educational activities both in the classroom and more importantly in the garden will continue once the garden has been established. We have obtained funding from USF's College of Arts & Sciences, and intend to complete the creation of the pollinator garden in Spring 2015.
This project will make the world a better place.
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Our Arroyo IB Ambassadors plan and run stations designed to showcase the beauty of our planet, how humans impact the Earth when using resources, and how we can all take actions big and small to made a positive difference. Students look at flowers up close under microscopes; students learn about the recycle numbers on plastic containers; students sort trash for: recycling, compost, and landfill; students plant a seed to take home; students make statements of action to share with the community.