SDW Environmental Education

December 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to the inaugural SDW Environmental Education newsletter! It is our hope that this newsletter will be a way help to highlight the wonderful environmental education programming that is going on in the district as well as share new knowledge and resources with you.

We wrapped up a great season of fall environmental education programming in November. Check out the pictures to see what students were up to!

In the News

SDW is collaborating with Carroll University and Waukesha County to expand environmental education opportunities in the community. Check out the video and articles to learn more about the project!

Tips for a Greener Community: Holiday Edition

5 tips for a greener holiday season:

1. Reuse wrapping paper, tissue paper, and gift bags from year to year

2. Brainstorm homemade gifts instead of buying new gifts from the store

3. When serving a holiday meal use real plates and silverware instead of disposable

4. Give your Christmas tree a second life by putting it in your yard for a bird habitat

5. If you decorate your house with lights, choose the LED variety to save energy

Meet an EE Teacher: John T

We asked John some questions so that you can get to know him better!

How long have you been working in the program? Only 4 short months

What is your favorite grade level to teach (so far)? 7th grade, they have so much fun, and they love the activities

What is your favorite thing about working with the EE program? Working with great people, teaching a variety of grade levels, being outside, helping the kids to learn about and enjoy the outdoors

If you could live in any ecosystem on the earth, which would you choose and why? It would have to be the northern forest AKA Boreal forest. The conifers are beautiful in the winter, and the animal population is so diverse.

Winter Words

The Snow Man

by Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955

One must have a mind of winter

To regard the frost and the boughs

Of the pine-trees crusted with snow;

And have been cold a long time

To behold the junipers shagged with ice,

The spruces rough in the distant glitter

Of the January sun; and not to think

Of any misery in the sound of the wind,

In the sound of a few leaves,

Which is the sound of the land

Full of the same wind

That is blowing in the same bare place

For the listener, who listens in the snow,

And, nothing himself, beholds

Nothing that is not there and the nothing that is.

Wisconsin Nature Note

The number of snowy owls over-wintering in Wisconsin is expected to be high this winter, a phenomenon called irruption. You are most likely to find them in open fields, airports, or large parking lots, or anywhere they can find food. Check out this article from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel for more information.

If you want to keep up to date on Snowy Owl (and other bird) sightings in Waukesha county or beyond, check out eBird, an online citizen science tool where people can submit bird sightings in their area or Project SNOW Storm, which tracks the migration routes of 10 Snowy Owls.

Who's got the answers?

This months video is brought to you by NPR's Skunk Bear, a great YouTube channel for educational videos on a variety of topics. This video is winter themed and will give you insight into how ice can sing!

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