Monday, June 30, 2008

Kazoo School

Kazoo School includes in its beliefs "We believe in furthering the development of an environmental ethic in all students by means of our educational program."

The students at Kazoo School participated enthusiastically in planting a prairie garden on the school grounds in June 2008. They planted a wide variety of prairie species, plus some wetland species in an area that gets a lot of storm water runoff.

The school adjoins the historic Kleinstuck Preserve in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This is southwest of Oakland Drive and Howard St.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

native plants at Ralph Bunch Elementary School

Children, parents and community volunteers have created an urban oasis with native plants at with Ralph Bunche Elementary School in Detroit Michigan.

The Phytoremediation and Wildflower Garden was designed and initiated in Spring 2002.

We run annual workshops in the native ecosystem, phytoremediation and identifying native plants with the children in science classes or in the after school program.

In the spring and over the summer we have volunteer possibilities for anyone interested in maintaining the garden. Through this hands-on experience you can learn about the native plants and ecology. In the fall we have a Saturday in October dedicated for seed collection and distribution for the general public.

(photos and text by V. S.)

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Collecting Seeds of Native Plants

Collecting seeds can be fun and is a good way to learn about native plants.

More information is coming soon on this school-based program in southeast Michigan.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Curriculum materials on pollinators

Teachers or other adults who want to help kids learn about pollination have a great resource available.

Nature's Partners is an inquiry learning-based curriculum for young people in the 3rd through
the 6th grade.