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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning programs are long-term projects where students can come up with ideas and implement them, track data, measure and graph, and come up with real applicable solutions to environmental issues. These programs will require more effort and commitment from the teacher to ensure a successful project. Teachers are encouraged to sign up for the following programs only if they can dedicate a little time each week to the project.

Mileage: No mileage fee will be charged for locations within 10 miles of the ENC. A $1.10 per mile fee (round trip) will be charged to locations beyond 10 miles with a minimum charge of $35. To book a Project Based Learning program call 949-645-8489 or email sama@encenter.org.

PROJECT

DESCRIPTION

PRICE

TIME

Recycling Program

Start a Recycling Program at your school. Students get to paint a recycling bin and design posters to help educate the school about recycling.

$10.00 per student

Includes 1 recycle bin per 1.5 hour session

-Additional recycling bins may be purchased for $20 each

1.5 hours

Native Plant Habitat Garden

Help start a Native CA plant garden to attract butterflies, bees, and wildlife. Once the plants grow, they will later be transferred to a chosen plot at the school. Check out these Steps to Take When Creating Your Own Outdoor Classroom.

$500 for the whole school per visit.

Choose 1 or 2 visits

KidsGardening awards Youth Garden Grants to schools! Click HERE for more info.

WildOnes also awards Youth Garden Grants to schools! Click HERE for more info.

Entire day

Visit 1- plot design and propagation

Visit 2 – (optional) Naturalist helps turn plot design into reality.

Fabulous Food Garden

Start a vegetable garden! Once the plants grow, they will be transferred to a chosen plot at the school. Enjoy the “fruits” of your labors or donate your crop to a local homeless shelter, soup kitchen, food pantry, or neighbors in need (apply for this grant if you wish to donate your crop)!

$500 for the whole school per visit.

Choose 1 or 2 visits.

KidsGardening awards Youth Garden Grants to schools! Click HERE for more info.

Check out these Steps to Take When Creating Your Own Outdoor Classroom.

Entire day

Visit 1- plot design and propagation

Visit 2 – (optional) Naturalist helps turn plot design into reality.

Check out this article about how students at schools with gardens do better academically!

Waste Reduction Program

After learning about our impact on natural resources through a trash timeline activity, students will turn knowledge into activism. This project involves teaching the students how to effectively speak and create change on their campus. They will be challenged with seeing if they can get the waste of their school to go down by the end of the school year by measuring the amount of trash bags after lunch and creating a diagram.

$600 for 2 assemblies on 2 different days,

each assembly is 1.5 hours

2 visits, 1 assembly for the entire school or classroom.

Includes sample lunchbox materials and educational posters.

Weather Station

Students will learn how to use an almanac to find out what the average temperature over the years in their area has been. They will create a weather station to check every day and then average the total degrees over the course of the year to find out if “climate” is increasing or decreasing.

$350 for a classroom visit (up to 30 students)

Rain gauge, thermometer, and weather station materials included

1.5 hour visit

Animal Evidence Patterns

Students will create a “tracking zone” that will be regularly monitored to track patterns of local animals. They will observe how seasons and plants affect animal patterns.

$6.00 per student

1 hour visit

* requires school approval to designate a 6 x 6 space to animal tracking

Reducing Waste through Composting

Students will learn how to effectively build a composting station at their school and will come up with a plan to keep it maintained throughout the school year.

$350 for a classroom visit (up to 30 students)

1.5 hour visit

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