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A group of volunteers will clean up the county's lake by picking up trash in water and surrounding lands. To promote the love of the land and fishing, there will be a fishing rodeo. This fishing rodeo will teach of group of youth to "connect" with nature by teaching them to become future stewards and about the importance of clean and a healthy environment. Youth will be taught the rules and regulations of fishing, good stewardship practices, habitat protection and catch and release tools and techniques.
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We will plant approximately 400 native shrubs and trees to provide pollinator habitat and replace invasive blackberries with a healthy native habitat. Our 120 students will start by clearing out the blackberries and other invasives. We will then sheet mulch the small hillside they are on. We will pot up and grow plants obtained from the local Metro organization until they are large enough to be planted in the ground. Finally we will put all the plants in the ground and wait for our cute little pollinator friends to come frolic with us and help our crops grow.
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We will volunteer our time at the Duke Lemur Center; tasks might include picking weeds, shoveling and laying gravel, or clearing unused enclosures.
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The next step in our habitat creation will be the sister garden to the butterfly garden. The garden students are working on designing the space now and creating a budget for fundraising. Even though the stars of the garden will be the bees, they want to include a variety of plants that attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. We will definitely be including a mural as well, and the students have begun sketching a design that would show both nocturnal and diurnal world pollinators in action. They will be including benches and a path, along which we will be placing informational signs and pollinator conservation information. Our goal is to have this garden ready for viewing on the day of our 2nd annual Earth Day Festival on April 23. The students have already named this garden "Pollinator Paradise" !
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We already started last semester but because of winter break , some of the plants died. We plan on planting more flowers and pollinator seeds. We got donations of soil and seeds but we need help with buying local flowers and paints.
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We pick up trash at least once a week that has washed up or is exposed at low tide on the local beaches around Puget Sound. We reuse plastic shopping bags and recycle the trash picked up. Although our efforts are a "drop in the bucket" in comparison to the trash found in the world's oceans, we hope that others will do the same at their local beaches. Even if only one bird or fish or other marine wildlife is saved by our efforts, it is worth it to us. Additionally, we are cleaning up the beach and eliminating trash from accumulating. We started this project in December of 2015. It will never end for us.
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We will be addressing the plight of the Monarch Butterfly. Monarchs are facing difficulty to the loss of a food and rest resource. We would establish a place for the butterflies to rest and refuel along their journey. We will take a hands on approach to revitalizing the garden and informing the other students about the importance of the garden.
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Our project is a garden filled with plants that help our native insects including butterflies, bees, dragonflies and more! We are getting permission from our school to add a small plot of land near where our playground is, we have a list of different plants that we researched and one of our local nurseries has offered to donate to us.
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The students will each make several "seed bombs" utilizing natural materials and native seeds. After drying, the seeds will be tossed into selected areas around the zoo and at their respective schools. Areas will be monitored for growth, plant/flower identification and pollinator activity.
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Our project will be an extent of the existing Crow Box project but with wild crows. We will us a device like a small vending machine to train the crows to pick up trash in exchange for peanuts. At first we will simply set us the box in order to get the crows used to it. Then we will set some peanuts in the tray, and activate the dispensing mechanism once they are completely comfortable with it. After a few more steps, the box will require trash before dispensing a peanut. If this project is successful, we will be able to confirm crow intelligence and clean up our school's campus.

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