We are currently working to open up space for new trees and our future interpretative trail. In collaboration with the neighboring campus of the University of Puerto Rico and its professors and students , we will design and build the trail. Students, parents and teachers will work together to plant the new trees and create a new set of garden beds as part of our Tropical Food Forest. Some trees have been donated as well as the tools used in both projects.
We will feed people, organize garden upkeep, planting, harvesting. We will work with The Butterfly Pavilion.
This will help understand neurobiology of resilient behavior
The project involves working with the local forest preserve district. The land is secured, and some trees and perennials have already been planted. Next is to meet with all who are interested in leading the way, plan the over all design and plant.
At Discover the Outdoors we will provide outdoor educational programs and opportunities for children, families and adults alike to learn and (re)discover nature for better health and well being. Our all ages programs will include activities for health and wellness: snowshoeing, hiking, running, gardening, and climbing; educational programs: learning about plants, animals, farming and food production, gardening; and explore spirit/connection to something greater than ourselves through yoga, creativity, community building, nature and meditation. We will connect and collaborate with other programs and organizations across Alberta, Canada and the world. All programs will encourage physical activity, exploring nature, and connecting to oneself, others and to the natural world. Some examples of a program are: EXAMPLE 1: It is a bright sunny wintery day and families have just arrived at the farm for a day of snowshoeing, bird feeders and adventure. Families enter the Discovery Centre and make bird feeders. After, they snowshoe into the forest to hang their feeder while watching chickadees, woodpeckers and nuthatches enjoying a snack. After snowshoeing, families return to the Discovery Centre to enjoy a warm beverage, a bowl full of hot soup (special made from the fall harvest) and freshly baked bread. After lunch, families have a choice of learning more about winter animals, going outside or enjoy a some quiet reflection time indoors (ie.yoga/meditation). As the sun sets smiling families head home with a new sense of connection to each other and nature. EXAMPLE 2: It is a quiet spring morning and the sun rises in the east. After a year of struggle with illness a man rises to enjoy a quiet walk around the property with his cup of tea. The man reaches the garden and pulls a few weeds, picks a few carrots to eat, and sits down on a bench to absorb the morning sun. After a time he returns to the Discovery Centre where he participates in a morning meditation and yoga class about Loving-Kindness and joins in to help make breakfast for himself and the others who are participating in a weekend retreat about End of Life. After a nourishing and food-to-table breakfast with community the group learn various contemplative practices to help in their journey before heading out to enjoy a walk and conversation. After another healthy lunch participants engage in a "tell your story" project where they find creative ways to tell their story in their own way - art, poetry, song, scrapbooking... EXAMPLE 3: It's a cool, wet day and teenage girls are huddle inside the workshop ready for an afternoon of creating and connecting. Two woman - one a woodworker and another a welder and industrial designer - have joined forces to teach the girls about power tools, friendship, and connection. Safety procedures are reviewed, projects are established and the sound of power tools fill the air. The girls laughter, chatting and learning is in full force and the woman are inspired by their eagerness to learn and grow.
Introduction of native milkweed back into our urban landscape. We have planted seeds and will distribute the plants to key areas of our neighborhoods as well as sell the plants along with a micro-lessons on the need to protect and provide for space and protection for pollinators.
Our educational campaign will use Facebook, a social network that connects people of all ages. We will provide general and specific information about waterfowl alongside other content that will quack you up. In the long-term, we will petition to have signage changed in Ottawa, Ontario to be more informative and attention-grabbing.
The kids had a great time building their own nesting habitat and it allowed their creativity to show. Most of the kids recycled materials (soup cans, two liter bottles, etc.) to create a cylinder to hold bamboo and paper tubes. Some kids stated they wanted to build a wooden frame around their tubes and planned to finish their projects at home. To learn more about our project, read our blog post "Insect Hotels: Nesting Habitat for Mason Bees" [ http://evavarga.net/2014/03/20/insect-hotels/ ]
I would like to publish a vegetarian cookbook, compiling recipes from vegetarian cooks in Portland and beyond and sell the book to raise money to "adopt" apes through the Jane Goodall's "become a chimp guardian program." 13 girls have joined the effort so far. We've sent out requests for recipes to chefs around the world and the recipes have started pouring in. Next steps: start cooking! We need to take photos of each dish and begin illustrating the book. A fun way to use the cold, rainy winter weekends in Oregon!
We are building up a base as a university approved organization. We hope to put together a Passport event every year. Passport events are required by freshmen. We will also hold community events in order to educate the community of the necessity of being conscientious of the environment when making life decisions. We have already held a fossil dig for sharks teeth at a local creek and hope to partner with NC Zoo and other organizations on various projects.