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Pulling invasive plant species Brittlestem Hempnettle from a park in Girdwood, Alaska. The kids and parents learned about the many dangerous invasive plant species which have been brought to the area and which are destroying the native plants and habitat. The project was definitely inspiring to all the participants who didn't previously realize the dangers of invasive plants and did not realize the extent of their spread into other environments.
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In honor of National Pick up Litter Day, we met at a local beach to collect trash. First we learned what to do, and not to do when cleaning a beach, via www.healthebay.org. Then we held a meeting to discuss why it's so bad for trash to be in our oceans, what can make the sea creatures sick and ways they are killed. Then the kids are separated into groups of two to make mini-posters. The posters showed kids and creatures in a polluted ocean, and a few with everyone (including a mermaid) enjoying a clean ocean. Another said "save our sea serpent." The next meeting was at the beach. The kids helped attach their posters to sticks, stuck the posters around our blankets, had a mini-lecture on safety and then went off to collect trash! To illustrate how difficult it would be for a creature to get a soda ring off it's mouth, we put a rubber band onto our pinkies, pulled it across the back and put in our thumbs. The rubber band was Impossible to remove with just that hand, and really brought the point home to us all.
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We learned about the ways plastic and paper bags harm the environment. A friend donated some fabric to us, and we set about sewing shopping bags. We are looking for more fabric donations, so we'll have enough cloth shopping bags to sell. In the mean time we are trying to create the lightest-weight produce and grain bag.
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Members & parents glued markers that say "Please Don't Dump - Drains to Stream" on storm drains in our community. We worked in groups with markers and maps provided by our local Soil & Water Conservation District. We marked 35 drains. This is the second year for our storm drain marking activity.
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We were invited by our Interfaith Campus Ministries to design and create an indoor "sacred space" for students. This was to be a space where any student, of any faith could come to meditate or pray. Our R&S group used nature as the theme for the room. We found a wall sized mural of a birch forest (in honor of Dr. Jane) for one wall. We pulled colors from the mural to paint the rest of the walls. We hung Christmas lights from the ceiling to simulate stars. Finally we brought in large over stuffed pillows, plants and a fountain to finish the room.
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For our Peace Day presentation in 2006 we gathered with people from our entire community and lit paper lanterns in honor of victims and soldiers in IRAQ. We arranged the lanterns in the shape the word PEACE.
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Our R & S members planted flowers around our school campus. We shared an appreciation for a flower's home in the ground. This project was discussed and decided among all of our members. We learned how to work cooperatively and how we can appreciate nature in its natural setting.
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Ashland Middle School's new Roots & Shoots Club experienced wonderful community support for our ReBirth the Earth; Trees for Tomorrow Campaign. BLM donated several Oregon native trees for this project. Our group of 20 students collected donations from their families, friends and neighbors as well as the Ashland Middle School community at our end of the year Bear Fair celebration. More than 40 trees were planted in our community. Four trees were planted on the Ashland Middle School campus. Students were first educated on the purpose and goals of the ReBirth the Earth campaign. They then practiced how to ask for a donation and how to answer questions concerning the project. We focused on the issues of pollution, global warming and reforestation. Next each student learned about the trees that were donated and how to successfully plant and support the growth of these trees. We used only native trees as to conserve water. Planting took place through the month of May. This project was very successful and fulfilling due to the fact that you were improving your own home environment as well as the Tanzanian environment.
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Happy Art was a creative project done by R & S members to raise awareness toward animal-friendly cosmetic companies. Our members collected the bottles or magazine advertisements of PETA approved animal friendly products and made the materials into an educational art project. We learned a lot from the PETA website about how a company qualifies as animal friendly. We also inspired other students in our school to consider buying animal friendly products.
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We researched a project in an earth-friendly project book on how to make a birdhouse. Our R & S group collected and cleaned out milk cartons from home to use to make birdhouses. We followed the instructions to make the birdhouses and brought the birdhouses home to shelter our feathered friends! In doing this project, we learned why a bird can benefit from a birdhouse.

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