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Our approach to these problems will involve both research and action. We will research plants appropriate to our soil type and climate. We will weed out invasive plants, then we will purchase and plant environmentally appropriate plants and care for them as they acclimate to the environment. Each student will be responsible for a specific plant or small garden section. To judge our success, we will observe and record data on the growth of individual plants. We will also keep a running wildlife census with twice daily recordings of insects, butterflies and birds observed in the vicinity of the planting areas. Students will research the connection between the wildlife observed and the particular item in the garden that is attracting it. This should be evidence that our planting has been successful. We will also be taking temperature readings of ground near the plants and contrasting it with unplanted areas to see if we have been successful in cooling the campus environment.
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Our project will take 4-6 months. We will start native plants from seeds, which, when established, will be used by TreePeople in their EcoTours and Mountain Restoration programs.
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Students will engage in three interactive powerpoint presentations which focus on certain endangered or threatened animals and the environment. They will then be given the opportunity to take positive action with guidelines offered to them. They will also have the choice to implement their own bright ideas to help animals and the environment. An example: Research bee and butterfly friendly flowers and having a school fundraiser to buy the seeds. In the spring, students will plant the bee and butterfly friendly flowers in a garden in the schoolyard. They will educate other classes about what they are doing and they will have opportunity to write to the local paper explaining to the community about the garden and how everyone can use natural alternatives to toxic pesticides -- pesticides that not only harm bees, butterflies and other animals, but pesticides that can also harm humans.
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Water use and water conservation issues are increasingly serious in the US west. We know that we must approach this problem in a number of ways. One way that we, as 4th graders can address this problem is to plant a garden full of water wise (native) plants at our school to serve as a demonstration site for all future students, their families and all members of our communities. Furthermore, we are addressing the problem of the alarming rate in which our native pollinators are decreasing, like the many species of bees native to western Montana. By planting these natives, we are providing a place for them to forage and thrive. In addition, we plan on using the money to create interpretive signs which inform all visitors of the benefits of incorporating native plants into landscaping projects.
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Establish an environmental club
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We are worried about food waste, and so we are going to pilot a compost program in one of the classrooms in our elementary school. Students will have an outdoor compost bin, but they will also have a smaller bin class to collect things like apple cores, banana peels, etc. Students will learn about the science and beneficial factors behind composting and will observe results such as decrease in classroom trash. Students will then work to educate the student body and then hopefully implement a school-wide composting policy.
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Our project will help preserve nature and contribute to the continuation of clean drinking water for NYC. We raise the trout in our classroom and we dig in the dirt to plant the trees.
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My idea is that there is this tiny weight at the end of the string that the store puts on so if it gets untangled the balloon won't fly away because it has a weight. The weights could be shaped like the animals that live in Washington, D.C.; for example, a fish, a turtle, an eagle and a deer. So there can be thousands of animals and for every store they can have their special animal, like DC United can have Talon.
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The group is working on the planters and other gardening efforts and planning several seminars and mini projects to highlight the importance of being environmentally conscious.
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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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