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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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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 project will give students an outlet to create a safe space with their hands and minds. We wish for student and staff families to enjoy the space by visiting and eating the food we will grow.
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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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