Growing Connections 2011

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Growing Connections 2011

  1. 1. Growing Connections Through Outdoor Education Mary Van Dyke for Green Schools @ Green Living Expo
  2. 2. Where? Arlington Traditional School (ATS) Garden
  3. 3. Players…. Connections <ul><li>Identify your community webs </li></ul>
  4. 4. Goals? <ul><li>Increase biodiversity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Native/non-native </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Build community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Appreciation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Stewardship and Outdoor Learning </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Make it happen… <ul><li>Info exchanges </li></ul><ul><li>Liaise with school community </li></ul><ul><li>Publicity, blog, invite experts and volunteers, google groups, email, apsgreenschools </li></ul><ul><li>Plant exchanges </li></ul>
  6. 6. Low Budget - High Value <ul><li>Donations </li></ul><ul><li>PTA Funds </li></ul><ul><li>School Budget </li></ul><ul><li>Grants </li></ul><ul><li>Plant Sale </li></ul>
  7. 7. Plan B - bees, rakes, rain… <ul><li>Risk Management Trainings: 4-H, Arlington Regional Master Naturalists, Master Gardeners </li></ul>
  8. 8. Link it! <ul><li>SOLs </li></ul><ul><li>Science </li></ul><ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Math </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Be creative! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Stage events…
  10. 10. Just do it! Plant Sale funds Pollinator Garden <ul><li>Community awareness and participation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Go with what you’ve got - the Second Grade Team </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Neighborhood Day <ul><li>Spanish/English flyer </li></ul><ul><li>Invite the neighbors! </li></ul><ul><li>Link with County and Civic Association </li></ul>
  12. 12. Colonial Williamsburg Garden <ul><li>4th Grade Virginia Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Study and label plants - properties and uses </li></ul><ul><li>Native and non-native plants </li></ul>
  13. 13. Veg Patch - Food to Eat <ul><li>Start small and grow </li></ul><ul><li>Link growing and eating </li></ul><ul><li>Give to own community </li></ul><ul><li>“ Plant a Row” for AFAC </li></ul><ul><li>APS Food Services accept vegetables and herbs </li></ul>
  14. 14. 4th and 5th Grade Lunch Bunches “Found Nature!” <ul><li>6-8 self-selected kids </li></ul><ul><li>Pilot Outdoor Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Lessons curriculum-linked </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Our Colonial Garden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant/Weed ID </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bug Hunt and Food Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeds and Food </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bulbs and Corms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Watering Techniques </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dig it! Soil Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tweet Tweet: Look Listen and Learn about Birds </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Uganda Garden <ul><li>ATS has a sister school in Uganda </li></ul><ul><li>3rd grade study Mali too </li></ul><ul><li>Make people and crop connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plant bananas, peanuts, beans, sesame </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Trees - The Big Picture <ul><li>What do they need to thrive? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Water, soil conditions, sunlight, care </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ Adopt a Tree”: county/staff/students/PTA memorandum </li></ul><ul><li>Technology and Trees: Tree ID, Calculate Tree Benefits online and Map trees with Googlemaps </li></ul><ul><li>Extended Day and NOVA Outside Tree Lessons </li></ul>
  17. 17. Summer Watering Have fun!
  18. 18. Maintenance? <ul><li>Who does what when? </li></ul><ul><li>Make opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Green Hours” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekend “Big Projects” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students recess lunch bunch and classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Custodians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Just hire folks in - if so who, and who pays? </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Native Habitat Project and Stormwater Management <ul><li>Best Management Practices </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Native Habitats </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rain Cisterns, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rain Garden </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Players </li></ul><ul><ul><li>County, PTA, Staff, Students, Earth Sangha, ACE, Audubon Community Volunteer Network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Learning opportunities </li></ul><ul><ul><li>- Chesapeake Bay issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- 4th and 5th curriculum </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Funding $$$ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fundraising, Grants </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Native VA Landscapes
  21. 21. Thanks everyone!
  22. 22. Contact: Mary Van Dyke, [email_address] The ATS Gardening Blog is on Arlington Public Schools website.

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