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Our project will continue to help maintain our current native flower garden and help us expand from the small planter we currently use to the much bigger planter that it is next to. We have taken one small planter that had very poor dirt where nothing would grow and have added nutrients and native plants. Our native plants have thrived in this small planter and we have seen numerous bees, caterpillars, butterflies and hummingbirds in our little garden. We would like to add a bird bath and we want plant more native plants as well as create signs that will tell the name of each plant, which will help educate the staff and students on campus as to what plants are being planted on campus. In addition, we want to apply to become a Monarch Waystation once we have finished with the larger planter. I teach students with mild/moderate learning disabilities and we collaborate with the AP Environmental Science classes on campus to help plan and maintain our native garden. This project will help further that collaboration and continue the relationships that my students have with the students in the AP Environmental Science classes.
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Third graders will make a plan with a clean up schedule. Our school has adopted our street, so we will clean there and on school grounds. We will recycle what we can from the collection and hope this makes our community nicer and safer for all people and animals.
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Do you love nature? Do you want to learn more about local plant, animal and insect species? Do you want to learn about volunteer opportunities related to the natural environment? Tuleyome is teaming up with the University of California's extension program and the Woodland Public Library to teach members of the public how to become Certified California Naturalists! No advanced degrees or previous naturalist experience is required. Founded in 2002, Tuleyome is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit conservation organization based in Woodland, CA. Our mission reads: “Tuleyome engages in advocacy and active stewardship with diverse communities to conserve, enhance, restore, and enjoy the lands in the region.” One of the ways we will be implementing our mission will be by offering a Certified California Naturalists course to the public. We are working in partnership with the University of California (UC) and the Woodland Library to present the classes. The UC has already vetted our teaching staff and supplied us with a basic curriculum which we augmented to reflect the region around the new Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument. ((It was Tuleyome who spearheaded the campaign that lead to the monument’s proclamation under President Obama in July of 2015.)) We now seek to train members of the public as naturalists so they can volunteer as docents and educators in the Berryessa Snow Mountain region! The California Naturalist Program allows Californians to help protect and preserve our unique and diverse wildlife, habitats, river, lakes and coastal resources, wild and urban alike. By signing up for the course with Tuleyome, you also become a CERE Guardian -- an active member of the public dedicated to Conserving, Enhancing, Restoring and Enjoying our regional public lands and open spaces -- and will receive a special pin at the completion of the course.
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Spread awareness on our Honey Bees and get girls involved in Science.
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I wish to clean up our local park here in Belvidere so the park will be better for the wildlife and look better.
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Using the resource guide, Butterfly Gardening: Creating Summer Magic in Your Garden (Xerces Society/Smithsonian Institution, 1990) we've designed a 7' x 7' sun-filled garden for our project. We will remove sod to form beds and amend the clay soil with organic compost. In May we will visit the Brandywine Conservancy Native Plant Sale to purchase a number of native flowers and shrubs that will serve as host plants for various species (as well as nectar plants for adults). The plants we choose will be based on the suggestions from the Xerces Society, Brandywine Conservancy as well as Douglas W. Tallamy's book, Bringing Nature Home. Each plant or shrub will be native to the U.S. and beneficial to at least one butterfly species.
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to organize and decorate your room with nature
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We would like to educate and inspire San Diego citizens to keep our city clean and green. We will facilitate and participate in beach and park clean-ups. To educate our citizens, we will take part in fairs and local events to share our enthusiasm. To inspire citizens, we offer networking opportunities and support for each other in this endeavor.
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We're going to build a butterfly garden!!
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As homeschoolers, we say the world is our classroom. Sadly, many of our "classrooms" are not cared for. Our group meets at our local beach for environmental science classes, hiking, birding, picnics, swimming, and other fun activities. We always find so much trash on the beach and I want to organize something that will help clean it up. A major concern I have is all the plastic that is left behind or washes up from other places. I've done a lot of research on this that I’ve shared on my Facebook page, C.A.R.E., Community for Animal Respect and Education. Things like balloons and plastic straws are very lethal to sea life and humans. From choking hazards to plastics leaching chemicals into our water. People need to be more responsible. If we receive a grant, we will utilize it to purchase materials for the clean-up including biodegradable protective gloves, recyclable garbage bags, rakes, and special boxes for sharp objects (only an adult will be allowed to pick up hazardous materials and safely dispose of) and other clean-up materials. There are a few hundred followers in my C.A.R.E. group through social media, but we have several hundred active families in our homeschool group. By cleaning up the beach a bunch of times, we’ll be able to get many people involved. When other beach goers see us doing the clean-ups, hopefully that will encourage them to also help keep our beaches clean. During each beach clean-up, we will record the type (for example plastic, glass, metal, etc.) and amount of trash. Our group will be split up into smaller groups and each group will have certain areas of the beach to clean-up. Some people will help with trash collection and one from each group will record the information. There will be at least one adult to guide and help each team. Every few weeks, we will return to the beaches and repeat the same process of recording the litter and cleaning it up. Hopefully, we will see a reduction in litter by using our data.

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