SLWRP Meeting Notes - April 24, viagra 2012
Schoolyards, Habitats, Gardens and Bay Friendly Landscapes
- LEAF Registration is due April 30 (EXTENDED TO Monday, May 7). LEAF will take place the Saturday and Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend at Camp Arroyo. This overnight student leadership event is free to participating SLWRP schools. Each school may bring a team of 6 students and a chaperone. Details and forms here.
- Field Trips are still available for SLWRP schools. StopWaste provides a bus and tour for transfer stations in San Leandro and Fremont. All SLWRP schools are welcome to participate. First come, first served. Click here for dates, details and forms.
- Garden Grants up to $1500 are available from the Western Growers Association. Click here for details
- NAAEE Conference. The North American Association for Environmental Education annual conference comes to Oakland October 10-13. NAAEE is currently accepting workshop proposals through April 27- SLWRP schools are encouraged to share their good work! Click here for conference details.
- Maker Faire. The Maker Faire comes to the Bay Area May 19 and 20. This is a great event to inspire you and your students for creativity, reuse, repair and other crafty ideas. Kudos to American High - they have been accepted to host a booth at Maker Faire showcasing student reuse projects and teaching skills to the public. More information and tickets here: http://makerfaire.com/bayarea/2012/
- Next SLWRP Meeting- Wednesday, May 16 we will sail aboard the Spirit of the Sea in the SF Bay to discuss programming & lesson planning that supports student understanding of how actions on land impact life at sea. Details here. Space is limited- contact Nate Ivy to RSVP.
- Year end reporting forms available online now- Please complete your report before June 1. Click here to access report instructions
Tour of Lincoln Middle School
Teacher Tom Miro provided an overview of his Outdoor Development class- an elective for 7th and 8th graders. The course teaches tool use, project management, basic design and leadership skills for students tasked with designing and maintaining campus spaces. Miro also provided a tour of his remarkable campus- a more extensive description of the campus and photos from the tour are available here.
Bay Friendly Basics
Cassie Bartholomew from StopWaste provided an overview of the Bay Friendly Landscaping philosophy and shared a variety of resources to help schools get started with projects that reduce the environmental impacts of outdoor spaces while increasing natural habitats and promoting stewardship.
Bay-Friendly School Gardens:
- Build healthy soil
- Reduce waste in the garden
- Conserve water
- Create wildlife habitat
- Protect local watersheds and the Bay
- Contribute to a healthy community
- Save energy
- Build a network of community support
- Encourage play, learning and teaching in the garden
Special thanks to Cynthia Ashley from the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse for providing containers and decopage materials for creating and decorating planter pots. And special thanks to Cassie Bartholomew from StopWaste.Org for providing bare-root apple trees from Trees of Antiquity.