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We will learn more about marine mammals of the Arctic and use our community's Festival of Tree program to bring this information to individuals and families in our communities. To do this, we selected a children's picture book that focused on Arctic Marine Mammals and displayed it along side a decorated tree. This book contained many resources for more information in an appealing way to all ages. We decorated the tree with hand crafted, eco-friendly Arctic marine mammals and landscapes.
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We will first clean up! We need to remove tires that get washed up in our Indian kettle rock formation on the shore. We need to clean up trash that flies onto our property or gets left behind by students and faculty. We will remove invasive plants like poison ivy and neighboring ornamentals to make more room for our native plants like Juneberries and sassafras. Then we will add new ones like native grasses and blueberry bushes so our bird friends have snacks. We will add pollinator plants to support bees and butterflies and bat shelters. We are putting in 6 container gardens for our human friends too. We will grow edibles for the local food pantry and flowers for our neighbors in retirement homes. We have invited our civic association and neighbors to come garden with us too. We will celebrate with pizzas made with our homegrown ingredients at the end of the growing season.
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Sprouts club members will be planting, caring for and harvesting fruits and vegetables from our garden from spring 2016- until Spring 2018. In the process, they will learn what produce is available at what time of the year and how specific edible and pollinator plants grow. They will also learn the needs of plants and how they are not isolated but are a part of a complex system that is relatively easy to maintain. FIRST-DAY of SPROUTS 2017-2018 We are now in the fall school year 2017-2018 and we have harvested several crops from the student garden beds. Wednesday, Sept 6, was the first day of our Sprouts Club. We met at Mrs. Kelly Anderson's 5th-grade classroom after school and discovered a new healthy snack: figs! The scraps from our snacks were collected and used to feed red wriggler worms in our worm tower. This way, nothing was wasted! Students, teachers, and parents harvested tomatoes, long beans, green beans and basil. They even braved the rain to do it! Another group of students created signs to label the garden beds with, thanks to a project of an Eagle Scout candidate and an assistant teacher, Mrs. Angela Gomez. A final group of students looked at an initial map of the garden beds and identified what was in the garden. This was their orientation to mapping. All students used old student notebooks whose pages were still unused. That way, we saved on trees and money! At the end of the day, we took a closer look at the produce we harvested and sketched them (and the worms) in our notebooks. It was a busy first day!
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Our Robotics team will pair up with the AP Environmental class to build a launch and data-collecting area. Our big goal is to turn our retention pond into a native Georgia wetland. We need to plant GA native plants and prove they are thriving by collecting water and soil samples.
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Once a week, in different locations around Houston, I'd like to have toddler groups meet up and learn, experience and interact with the natural world. I would collaborate with parks, museums and other organizations to help expand experiences.
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We are planning to take a trip to our local beach near Lake Erie to do a clean-up. Students are also going to design flyers to hang up in restaurants to let people know to use reusable bags and to have people say "No thanks!" to a plastic straw when served a drink. Students are currently doing research on how much money is spent on the purchase of the Styrofoam food trays in order to help with cost comparisons of alternatives to the trash accumulation by the schools on a daily basis. They are then going to present their idea to the school board and give them options of how to make this positive change that will help reduce waste in our environment. In addition to this, the students are going to start a recycling program and repurpose some of the trash into eco-benches and other useful items.
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Our project will focus on STEM outdoor learning and Earth Day core goals to: • Broaden the Meaning of Environment • Promote Civic Engagement and Mobilize the Tulsa Community by working with partner organizations to provide opportunities for community to become active in the environmental movement; build relationships • Implement Environment Education Programs and engage students to solve local environmental problems; • Inspire Students to Become Environmental Leaders through awareness at an early age; strengthen the environmental community in schools; • Understand the benefits of clean water, energy conservation, recycling and sustainable healthy food • To have fun and celebrate Earth Day We have pre and post event learning objectives for the students; surveys for the vendors and volunteers and are matching the learning to the grade school curricullum. We have ovr 50 booths and interactive hands on activities to promote learning. Center stage performances are fun, educational and engaging.
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We will use water testing kits to sample water in two different locations during group camping trips, Fort Desoto and Oscar Scherer State Park. We will enter these results into the World Water Monitoring Challenge that over 120 countries participate in. I will create a model of the of the water shed so that the kids can create rain after "fertilizing the grass (food coloring) and letting animals poop on it (chocolate chips)" so that they can see how it runs off into the ocean. I will also schedule a field trip with Tampa Bay Watch so that the children can learn more about the Estuaries in our area and the marine animals and plants that live in them.
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We wrote a letter to the local newspaper (The Montclair Times) to let the public know about the damaging effects of pesticides. We created posters to place all around the parks in town We made a video to share with the public.
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We will educate various audiences regarding the serious issues captive cetaceans face in marine parks and swim-with-dolphin programs through an educational booth at the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. Students will craft and sell marine-themed contributions to fundraise for the Whale Sanctuary Project, which will offer the world's first model seaside sanctuary for cold-water orcas, belugas and dolphins released from captivity.

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