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JHS227 will collaborately establish an inter-disciplinary school garden. We are starting with 22 Simplicity rose bushes that were established last spring in our schoolyard. Our goal is to increase the biodiversity of our concrete jungle by supporting our pollinators. We are researching the types of plants and or shrubs we can plant in and around our already established raised beds. The plants need to be Bee, Butterfly and Bird friendly. We are also creating a more esthetically pleasing and student friendly green space.
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Our group will build a butterfly garden. We have already secured a simple raised garden bed from another Roots and Shoots contingent within the city. Raised beds will be a better consideration for this project as digging on school ground may require permission from Miss Utility. As well, the school grounds are currently under construction so the garden may require moving after or during the construction has been completed. The group has discussed and planned for the materials that will be essential to the completion of the project. These include, but are not limited to: milkweed seeds (obtained), a location (identified), materials [garden bed(obtained), soil, fencing, shovels, gloves].
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Our project will teach others about the indigenous plants and animals in our habitats, while creating an engaging "tile" to help visualize each plant and animal.
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We will be beautifying a court yard behind our school that has been neglected for years. We will be adding plants, bushes, trees, decorative totems, decorative fencing, birdhouses, etc. We will have regular education students helping special needs students to create this space.
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Our garden project will not only beautify the new addition at our school, but it will help provide a safe habitat for important pollinators like bees, butterflies and hummingbirds. We have already learned about the important job these pollinators do for all of us, now we are ready to plan and build our garden. We live in MN so we will have some time to prepare over the winter. We will study the best plants suited to our climate as well as the plants that pollinators enjoy the most. Throughout the winter we will have time to draw up the plans for our garden and order the supplies we need when spring arrives. Once the snow melts we will get busy digging our garden and planting the plants that will attract the pollinators. We are so excited to have our own garden. Once the garden gets growing we would love to add more plants that will benefit from the pollinators - like vegetables!
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We hope to put back trail signs and tree labels that were destroyed. We want to raise money to buy wood chips for one part of the trail. We also want to add one owl house, one bat house and three or four bird houses.
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We are arranging with our school and U-DOT to host our first semi-annual road clean up day. Once we get approval we will start advertising for it and offering incentive such as attendance loss makeup for helping with our effort.
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We have already obtained permission from one of the park in Denver! Early next spring our TEP students will be helping the city and park maintenance crew add milkweed and other native plants and flowers to the garden areas around the park. Our students and other community members will monitor the populations of Monarchs at all stages throughout their migration and feeding season. We will also look at getting estimated counts of bees we see within the gardens. We hope this garden will become a pollinator hot spot and add to the beauty of the gardens as well.
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Our project focuses on taking a pre-existing, currently unusable, baseball field and either rebuild it as a usable field, or create a better outdoor gathering space (maybe a garden, or picnic area, playground, meditation space, etc).
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The project will focus on areas that need beautification. We will work on "filling in the gaps" on those areas that need attention. Planting trees and plants will create enjoyment, clean the air, and restore habitats for wildlife. The team will continue to monitor with our student advocates so a healthy environment can be maintained.

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