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We will take over and existing plot of dirt and create a beautiful butterfly garden at our middle school that will inspire us to be our best and to stand up for peace.
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My project will educate kindergarteners to 2nd graders about the environment. I plan to achieve this by reading out loud books about topics such as climate change, endangered animals, etc. This will take place at a public library. At the end, we will do a activity to help the environment. Hopefully by the end of the session, kids will understand what we need to do for our planet.
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My project will protect animals from eating any chemical or small pieces of trash. I will use gloves and trash bags to pick up all the trash lying around in and outside of our neighborhood.
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Our project is to beautify the outside area of our classroom. We will learn how deep to plant natives that require very little water. We will redo an area that was a small rock garden that would create a quiet place to sit. We want an area to grow seedlings that is close to us and right outside our door is perfect. We will get first grade size tools to empower our class to do our own work. We need a new compost bucket in this area to collect our breakfast, snack and lunch waste so we can contribute to our vermicomposting in our big garden. We would like to put a layer of bark over the ground to limit water loss and keep weeds to a minimum.
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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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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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