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My project will be a year-long theme of The Great Outdoors. During our year together, my 5th grade students will spend the year learning about ecological and environmental issues: biodiversity, deforestation, and pollution. Outdoor learning and nature-based activities will be imbedded throughout the year. As we learn about these topics, students will participate in awareness campaigns; create an indoor and outdoor garden; and organize local clean ups. These activities will run throughout the year. As we learn, it is my hope that what the students learn will inspire them to tackle other conservation and environmental topics. Therefore, I would not be surprised if learners came up with other impactful activities to help their learning during this year. This Great Outdoors projects is important for my student population, as we live in a mostly city environment, and students have little connection to nature. I am already seeing their eyes widen with wonder as we venture out and connect with nature. Thank you for this opportunity.
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The goals are to create a clean, protected and healthy local ecosystem for the amphibians to flourish. This includes: 1) Restoring a large pond in the middle of the community garden 2) Restoring the areas around the pond with the addition of frog-friendly landscaping/beautification of the garden 3) Translocation of 50 tadpoles- ten each from five local temporary or permanent ponds in different areas of the Bay Area (genetic variability) 4) Daily monitoring of tadpoles in various stages of development, tracking of young adults into breeding age 5) Connecting with other Amphibian programs to share data and research methodologies 6) Connecting to local school programs to introduce students to conservation biology and pond ecosystems 7) Ongoing data as population becomes stable 8) Collecting tadpoles for captive breeding program for the re-introduction into other ponds and areas deemed safe for amphibians 9) Long-term management of populations
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I do not know yet. I may move to Bellingham , WA. and I would like to present a slide show and documentary to those attending the show. I hope to do it at WWU and fairhaven college and Tony's coffee and tea place in Fairhaven.
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I am selling metal straws to reduce the amount of plastic straws that people use.
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We will partner with our local Public Works Department to install "no dumping" markers on the storm drains with the most exposure and then move on to other areas.
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My 4 previous third grade classes realized that seed balls made gardening easy, fun, and accessible. They learned that seed balls grow endangered wildflowers needed by pollinators, protect seeds from wind, birds, squirrels, and other critters, and has easy dispersal for more uniform coverage. They also discovered that “planting” the seed balls sometimes didn’t involve a shovel – sometimes, they could be tossed “guerrilla-style” while on hikes in our local park areas. In addition to all these benefits, this year’s class would like to partner up with a first grade class, their “Study Buddies,” and show them how to hand roll the seed balls, too, hopefully “planting the seed” of knowledge that even smaller hands than an 8-year old’s can have a BIG impact on their surrounding environment.
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Ever since my mom taught me how to knit, I have enjoyed making items such as scarves, hats, and blankets! My goal is to combine my love for knitting with my passion for wildlife conservation by knitting and selling scarves to raise money for the Jane Goodall Institute! I will begin by knitting a sufficient amount of scarves to begin selling. From there, I will approach local businesses and attend local fairs to sell the scarves. All proceeds from the sale of the scarves will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute!
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In order to combat environmental illiteracy and apathy, the Bioma program makes use of engaging hands-on activities, such as building a shrimp hatchery or surveying macro-invertebrate densities in a stream, rather than focusing on conventional lectures or textbook learning. We decided early on that the educational program throughout our schools should not involve our direct oversight, but rather allow local autonomy for students and teachers to incorporate local elements and choose how they would learn. By doing so, the program was able to nurture the students’ innate creativity and sense of responsibility, something that the rote memorization approach that characterizes many classrooms today would not have encouraged. The success of this approach can be seen in the student’s proactive approach towards designing and running their own projects; the fundraising, youth fishing programs, and stream surveys were all conceived and run by program graduates. The Bioma curriculum was designed to facilitate genuine interest and curiosity in material. Instead of quizzes and textbook readings, the Bioma approach encouraged classroom discussion, hands-on learning, and student autonomy. At environmental expos, the group held live demos of critters under microscopes and created a touch tank stocked with native species instead of a conventional powerpoint, while in classrooms, students are encouraged to build and shape things with their hands, something that most Bioma teachers have never recalled doing often in past courses. Through Bioma’s technical workshops, such as the virtual reality or disasters simulation project, students can craft and create their own projects based on interesting things they can discover, leading to an innate curiosity and better retention of the knowledge that will serve them for years to come.
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Place solitary bee hotels in specific , private places in the community. Current locations are Lacy Park, The Old Mill, and Oak Knoll Drive. Working with the head arbor to gather research information to provide back to the cities park and recreation department. The research is to document if it’s possible to establish this specific type of bee in our community and if they can survive.
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My project will educate people on single-use plastic impact and how to reduce/eliminate it. I will create a single-use plastic free challenge for the month of July for people to join to reduce their single-use plastic waste.

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