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Right now there are Robins foraging for food and Canada Geese are flying overhead.
SPRING IS COMING!
Spring is officially here on Friday, March 20th.
Welcome spring with starting seeds indoors, going for a walk in a park and looking for signs of spring or bird watching near a pond.
Orchid Show at New York Botanical Garden
Wave Hill is a 28-acre public garden and cultural center in the Bronx overlooking the Hudson River and Palisades. Its mission is to celebrate the artistry and legacy of its gardens and landscapes, to preserve its magnificent views, and to explore human connections to the natural world through programs in horticulture, education and the arts.
If you would like to plant a tree in your neighborhood here is a link to receive one for free. We will make one of these dates this spring to plant a tree with our students!
First graders have been learning the design process of engineers using nature as their guide. Biomimicry literally means life and copy. We use nature as our inspiration to design and fulfill human needs. Biomimicry asks, "How would nature design this?"
This semester we are designing an ant "house" using natural and recycled materials. We are investigating whether to design safe ant traps to keep ants in our classroom or purchase harvester ants to study. After break we will be investigating human needs and how we use the environment to meet these needs. Students will use their knowledge of animals to re-design a human product using biomimicry.
Links to biomimicry:
Kindergarteners are studying plant and animal families. We studied native plants of Brooklyn and are now studying native animals of New York City. Students are researching their own animals. They will be writing books, creating a model of their animal and building a home for their animal. We will display these animal homes in the Sustainability Studio.
Eco Fair at Compass 2015
If you would like to be a part of the organizing committee, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. We will send you details about our next meeting.
Donations and ways you can help:
Large plastic soda bottles
Seed starting soil (organic)
Seed starting pots
White fabric or old white clothes for natural dyeing
Recycled materials (bottle caps, yogurt containers, etc.)
Vintage dress up clothes
X-Large cardboard boxes
Kid Pools we could borrow
Items collected from nature (sticks, stones, etc.)
Drop any of these materials off at the Sustainability Studio.
If you would like to start seedlings at home and donate them to our fundraiser please email me email@example.com and let me know :)