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A local environmental center offers classes on Animal Care Training. They recommend only 6 to 8 children at a time. The children received a booklet and lesson on how to care for small animals. They cleaned out cages that included rabbits, ferrets, turtles, bearded dragons and snakes. They had a real hands on age appropriate experience on how to handle, care, feed and groom the animals. They even waxed the turtles shells!! In the end they received a certificate. They felt proud of their hard work. This project was a good idea because it helps build character and understanding. All members should look into their local environmental center to see what they have to offer.
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I thought I would tell you all about my Live Earth experience. Well, along with my sister Colette and myself, Marsea an intern from the DC office accompanied us to Giants Stadium to represent Roots & Shoots at Live Earth. From the moment the doors opened, Roots & Shoots was the center attraction. We sold a ton of merchandise especially the tote bags and had over 175 email sign ups. Everyone was so eager to find out about the program and even more excited to hear that Jane would be speaking at the event! At about 6pm we closed the Roots & Shoots booth and went inside the concert. We arrived at perfect timing because at around 6:40pm, Dr. Goodall spoke! She was greeted with a standing ovation and people cheering her on. A very rock star reception if you ask me. The event was so awe inspiring and there were many times when I had tears in my eyes. To see the stadium filled with so many people who believed in the same issues as we did was really fulfilling.
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We wanted to raise money to help pay for the feeding and care of the rescued South Asian gibbons at the Gibbon Conservation Center. The parent leader and some fellow students at Ventura College raised about $200 for the Gibbon Center at a bake sale. The balance of funds raised came from (1) donations from parents and (2) a spare change fundraiser donated by our youth members. We became interested in helping gibbons after hearing about the local gibbon center and from our travels in Thailand with our family. The kids (ages 7-12) seemed entertained and fascinated by the human qualities of the cute furry primates and were happy to be able to help them directly. Our goal was raising $500 and we exceeded it and the kids had a great time. The Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, CA has private tours and plush toy gibbons and great t-shirts on sale that several kids purchased after the tour. More info: http://www.gibboncenter.org/
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I am now in Portugal, and unfortunately, the reason for the deforestation was due to a prolonged drought. This brings me to my project. My eight year old brother, Michael, and I built a mini pond with surrounding water to benefit the local wildlife during this drought. However, due to their scarcity of terrestrial creatures such as snakes and lizards, few visited. However, I found a frog near by in dirty water and moved it to the clean pond. It stayed there for two days, but soon felt the urge to leave, which brought me to create a new program called "Water the Frogs".The details on this project can be found in the project database.
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Where I live in Portugal, a drought has been killing off various animals. Pools of water are sustaining various populations of frogs. My mission, which I completed yesterday, and will continue to do, is to return the frogs to those ponds if I find them stranded in a "no-water" zone. I am going to study the pond, taking pictures of the frogs. In fact, I will be studying three ponds. The pictures and videos I take will be posted on my own personal website:vwww.freewebs.com/birdsrox1415nature and then on my own Roots & Shoots website, when available.
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The R&S members worked with our primate keeper to come up with primate enrichment that they could make and give out to participants of the Calitrichid Conference that came to the zoo. We went to the a local recycle center to buy cheap supplies. Then we made puzzle feeders (enough for 100 primates). The kids also made puzzle feeders for the participant of the conference and filled them with jelly beans
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One of the members brought in an article about the hippos in Nairobi and the bad things that have been happening to them. The kids really wanted to do something to help the hippos in Nairobi. They decided to set up a fundraiser at their school to collect money for these hippos. Once the money was collected, they researched facilities, both in the US and in Africa, that helped hippos. They decided to give $100 to the SanDiego Zoo. They also got a chance to talk to a member of the staff at SanDiego Zoo to ask how the money would be spent and learn a bit more about the hippos. The kids donated the remainder of the money to the International Hippo Foundation. This was an easy project for them with great results. We got a picture from the SanDiego Zoo that went in the R&S scrapbook.
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This was an awesome project. We partnered with the Tourette's Assocation of RI and the ZooKeepers at the Zoo. The kids first met with the ZooKeepers to talk about animal enrichment and the importance of it. The kids and the keepers brainstormed enrichment ideas. The kids then picked an animal to build enrichment toys for. At the next meeting, the R&S kids met the kids from TSA. They got a chance to do icebreakers and get a chance to know each other. At the next meeting, both groups built enrichment items together for the Bison (made a scarecrow out of forsythia), peccary (made a puzzle feeder), rabbits (bunny castle out of boxes), gibbons(filled PVC pipes with different things and sealed) and the kangaroos (boxes with hay). At the first meeting, we gave the enrichment items to the keepers. This was a blast!
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We hosted a child's birthday party at Teatown Lake Reservation, a Nature Preserve and Education Center. For a fee we had a party room and were given a presentation by a volunteer educator about local animals and their habitats. By choosing to host our party at Teatown we were supporting the Preserve and the animals that live there. Parties are wasteful. Paper cups and plates, plastic knives forks and spoons are used once and thrown away. Helium balloons last only a day and then become at best garbage or at worst choking and strangulation hazards for wildlife. Even the party favors come in throw-away bags with toys that are of little long-term interest and therefore become garbage too. We took a different approach. We used inexpensive, shatterproof, reusable plates, cups and silverware. Instead of balloons, inflatable vinyl animals and beach balls (saved from last year's party) were placed around the room for decoration. Finally, instead of a plastic bag filled with meaningless trinkets we gave reusable shopping bags containing a small stuffed animal, a healthy snack and the following message: "Almost a trillion (1,000,000,000,000) plastic bags are used annually. They persist on our planet for up to 1,000 years. Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine deaths every year when animals mistake them for food. Once swallowed, plastic bags choke animals or block their intestines leading to a painful death. Plastic bags wrap around living corals quickly suffocating and killing them causing the animals that eat coral to not get as much food as they need and die. Well over a billion single-use plastic bags are given out free each day. Each high quality reusable bag you use has the potential to eliminate an average of 1,000 plastic bags. Kids can help, too. Please take this bag with you the next time you go shopping. You might save a fish or a turtle!"
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The purpose of the clean-up was to remove the trash from the river and make it look better and a better place for animals. The group had a great time and we got six to eight bags of trash. The project would have gone on longer, but the day was hot and humid, so we had to quit early. My daughter and I were discussing ideas and this seemed perfect. The river had been cleaned of PCBs two years earlier and it was depressing to see it in such bad shape again. There was even a sofa lying in the water. The river looked so much better after this and the group was excited to be doing something like this.

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