What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day in your classes?
Here is an explanation of a couple of things we have done in the past and what we are doing this year.
All events have always been coordinated and created by the Ag Dept and we have invited the Science Classes to participate, and they usually do.
1. Town Clean-Up Project (Fairgrounds, Parks, River Banks), While doing this we separate recyclables and non-recyclables
2. Planted trees at the City Park in conjunction with the City Forester. Now every year on Arbor Day my Horticulture class prunes, applies new wood chips to the base, and has a lesson on planting and caring for trees. We've also planted trees on the school property with the younger students.
3. On Arbor Day the Ag Dept went paperless and encouraged the rest of the school to do so as well.
4. The students put together 10-15 minute presentations and shared the presentations with the 5th graders in the Elementary. The topics included; global warming, the three R's (reduce, reuse, recycle), water pollutants, methods to conserve energy, water usage, among others.
This year we are going big. We are holding the 1st Annual Earth Day Fair in the High School. I will be working with the local Watershed, NRCS, and Soil and Water District, as well as local experts in the areas of conservation and preservation. The different agencies will put on informative, interactive workshops that the senior high students will take part in. We will likely have some service related projects as well. It should be fun and educational.
Thanks for the question and I hope this information was beneficial. If you need further clarification let me know. I look forward to seeing what others have done. I always love a new great idea.
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