Thursday, April 15, 2010

More school projects in Michigan

There are several school projects around Michigan that I'd like to know more about.

In the Grand Rapids area, there's a prairie project at Goodwillie School.

In Macomb, Atwood Elementary School (part of L’Anse Creuse Public Schools) has a native plant garden with a water quality focus. (They also have a vegetable garden that supplies a local soup kitchen.)

In the Plymouth-Canton-Northville area, there's another. Unfortunatly, I've mislaid the note.

More later.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

pollinators in gardens simply more interesting

Here's a great quote on gardening with pollinators in mind:

“It is the gardeners of the world who can open their gardens to the pollinator refugees, who can provide temporary or permanent shelter until humans refine our outlook on the natural world.

By actively sheltering pollinators, we gardeners remind ourselves that we have the power to positively overcome some of the humankind's more destructive tendencies.

Additionally, our gardens provide a teaching laboratory for young children to connect with an ever-vanishing natural environment.

Our gardens might provide a network of urban and suburban biological corridors that link more protected sites and allow pollinators to move freely from one natural area via our gardens to other natural areas.

And finally, all lofty, Earth-saving notions aside, you might wish to encourage pollinators in your gardens simply because they are more interesting than any television show you can imagine.”

Eric Grissell, author of Insects and Gardens

Thanks to Janet Allen for sharing this quote.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

College students

Back in the late 1990s, David Warners was a great friend of the Childrens' Wet Peadow Project at Ann Arbor's Buhr Park.

Now a biology prof in Grand Rapids, his students have been planting trees and creating woodland habitat on campus.

See photos and text on the Calvin College web site here.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Youth in India work to preserve trees for the future

While this blog is mostly focused on youth projects in Michigan, USA, here's an exception.

It's exciting to see that young people around the world are taking action to preserve trees.

Here's the write-up (I discovered it by chance.)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Monroe, Mich. students planting natives on local TV

Science teacher Russ Columbus continues his great work at the Knabusch Mathematics and Science Center, part of Monroe (Mich.) Public Schools. In November, students planted seeds collected over the past few years to create a prairie on our campus that will be used by future students. They did the planting on school days from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM during the second week of November, 2009.

Toledo TV WTOL came and did a live story one of the mornings. The video is on their website. Go to and search for "Monroe students learn about planting".

This project has received awards from Wild Ones and the Wildflower Association of Michigan.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Michigan teen researches prescribed fire

A teen from southwest Michigan has won an award for her research project on using prescribed fire to maintain prairies.


Friday, October 30, 2009

Kids in Lowell Plant 1000 Trees

Elementary school students in Lowell, Michigan, planted 1,000 trees in October 2009. They planted oaks and maples of local genotype at the Wege Natural Area. Photos are available in the newsletter of the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, page 10. Funding was provided by Dell Computer.