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We plan to plant a pollinator garden to support bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. We will also help to beautify our community while helping pollinators help us!
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This project will be completed by second grade students. They will create and maintain the garden. Once the garden is up and running the students will begin collecting data on the numbers of butterflies, eggs and larvae observed in our garden. the hope is that each year these numbers will increase.
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We would like to teach groups of local children about Jane and people like her. Then, we would like to take nature hikes where these children can photograph and/or draw pictures of the the things they see along the way, rather than disturbing them and attempting to collect them/bring them home. We will also teach the children never to leave anything in the woods that doesn't belong there, but to help pick up after people who did. We will also help them to understand that it is never necessary to "squash" a bug or harm any plant or creature.
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Our project will require research, coordination and support from various community partners. First, we are completing a Schoolyard Habitats audit (from https://www.nwf.org/Eco-Schools-USA/Become-an-Eco-School/Pathways/Schoolyard-Habitats/~/media/PDFs/Eco-schools/Audits/Fillable_2015_SYH_Audit.pdf) to identify needs and possible project options. Second, we are mapping the green spaces on campus in order to identify good places to place habitats. Third, we are looking for financial support to buy native drought tolerant plants, habitat construction materials and soils. Fourth, we are constructing various insect, bird and bat habitats, planting butterfly friendly flowers on campus and placing them in the wisest areas. Fifth, we are documenting activity over time. Sixth, we are going over the data and determining future habitats or moving present habitats. Lastly, we are reporting our progress to other students and the community.
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Beach clean up, making jewelry with recycled ocean trash, purchase reusable water bottles to distribute and reduce use of plastic water bottles, recreation of climate change tree.
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The demonstration garden will be located at the prairie transition zone, near the head of our Prairie Discovery Trail. The garden will contain the 5 dominate species of the coastal tallgrass prairie, big bluestem, eastern gamma grass, switchgrass, yellow indiangrass, and little bluestem. Historically, these species would have made up 80% of the prairie grasses. Each species will have an identification sign/guide. We will use these signs to teach our classes about the prairie grasses and the public and learn to identify the grasses before they embark on the trail. The planting of the grasses and weeding of the current area will mostly be done by community volunteers and our students.
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Every season the Kawartha Park Nature Clean Up Crew organize various trash collecting projects. We focus mostly on roadside trash pickup and beach clean up. New garbage pops up daily it seems, and the beach is constantly being littered with blue styrofoam that washes up from the docks on the lake. Let's keep nature beautiful!! Interested in joining our crew? Know of an area of nature that needs some extra love? Join the fun for some hands on nature learning and give back to nature!
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We will eliminate unnecessary lawn and plant a number of the following valuable native species in the front and side yards of our property: Eastern Red Cedars, Joe Pye Weed, Butterfly Weed, Witch Hazel, Oak Leaf Hydrangea, Red Chokeberry, Arrow-wood, Rose Milkweed, Mountain Mint and Elderberry. This combination of native flowers, shrubs and trees will serve many purposes. They will provide food and shelter for a number of species from insects to birds to mammals. By supporting these native animals we will naturally increase the spread of native plant species rather than invasives. Our support of native populations will help to prevent imminent extinction (in other words, we will support every level of the food chain). Providing host plants for insects prevents species loss, and a multitude of insects provides food for birds. Keeping up populations of native species of birds will help prevent invasive species from dominating. Converting under-utilized lawn to flowers, shrubs will eliminate carbon dioxide emissions (little need to use the lawnmower). By planting and nurturing a wildlife habitat in the center of town, we will (hopefully) encourage and inspire other residents of our community to do the same! As pedestrians use our public sidewalk and motor vehicles pass on the busy stretch of highway, we hope those seeing our thriving habitat might desire something similar at their own property. We hope to create a pamphlet to print and place in our public library that lists readily-available native species as well as their benefits.
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We will create a pollinator garden on our parking lot campus using pollinator-attracting native plants whenever possible. We will select plants that establish a continuous bloom throughout the year. We will not use any pesticides in our garden.
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We'll be not only volunteering at our local Audubon for their habitat restoration project but also promoting the event through our local newsletter and community environment committee. we hope to get more families and friend to partake in the activity and upcoming events not only to improve our natural habitat but also create a larger sense of community.

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