Growing up, my elementary and high schools had nature walks on their properties. The middle school couldn't because it was in the middle of town.
You could suggest that the Group hold an Environmental Science Fair with environmental experiments, like microscopic water life, water quality in a nearby pond or stream, soil quality of some abandoned factory or something in town...There's kits for water and soil quality that can be bought at hardware stores. How about a Clean Up Our School Day, where the kids get together with trash bags and learn just how much property the school really has (or they could do it at a local park)? Bird Watching and Tree Frog counting was always fun for me (for the latter, the kids would have to get together near a wooded area around dusk until just after dark, and try to count how many different frog noises they hear). School-wide, the Group could try to impliment a recyling program where everyone would "Think Before You Throw" with color coded recycling containers all over school, and a few SODA ONLY containers if your state has a bottle deposit. Of course, every classroom would need a Paper Bin.
One more thing to think about if the school has property, see if your school would allot a small portion of land for the kids to make a veggie garden next spring/summer. The kids could make a "farmers market" stand and use the proceeds to fund recycling pick-up, supplies for the Environmental Fair, or whatever else they'd enjoy doing in the Group.
Wow - that IS exciting! Is the group to educate/implement on the school environment? environment in general? I'm sure you'll get lots of ideas on the 2 places you posted - It would be fascinating to just sit down w/ the kids and hear what they think/know about the environment and its problems as a starting point. Keep us informed!!!
My daughter came home with a note from the PTA - they are looking for parents to help out with the Environmental Group. I had made some suggestions to her Elementary School Principle last year but never heard back. So, I am EXCITED! She is in Middle School this year...
I would love to join armed with great suggestions... anyone have experience with schools and have some cool ideas for me?
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