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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 Mindy.

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Upcycled STEAM Lab

Students will transform an empty closet/space at their school into an upcycled STEAM Lab with the help of an ENC naturalist.  Students will generate a plan and follow-up with the build-out, culminating in a wish list of projects they’d like to take-on during the year.

$500 for full program

 

Cost includes naturalist facilitation, some limited shelving/storage, basic tools.

Day 1: Getting Organized – implementing ‘Materials Mondays’

 

Day 2: Installation

Native Plant & Butterfly Garden

Forget about those potentially harmful ‘grow-a-butterfly’ kits – the best way to learn about butterflies is by attracting them to your school yard with native plants, and then studying them!  Students will learn about pollinators, design their native garden, maintain their garden, and design simple studies that can be completed by making observations in their garden.

$600 for full program (3 visitations)

 

Cost includes naturalist facilitation, 10-12 native plants, planting supplies, and customized implementation plan.

Day 1:  Engaging students with info/activities about native plants and pollinators; students come up with a design for their garden.

 

Day 2: Plants are put in propagation area; lesson on experimental design and students design care plan.

 

Day 3: Naturalist returns at end of the school year to receive ‘report’ from students and help place plants in ground.

Sensory Edible Garden

Start a sensory vegetable garden! Help the ENC naturalist select plants with unique smells, textures, tastes, and flowers.  Once the plants grow, they will be transferred to a chosen plot at the school. Turn the fruits of your labors into science/cooking projects, or design a service learning project by donating the produce to a local charitable organization.

$500 for full program (2 visitations)

 

Cost includes naturalist facilitation, 10-12 native plants, planting supplies, and customized implementation plan.

Day 1: Learn about engaging all our senses; students come up with a design for their garden.

 

Day 2: Plants are put in propagation area; lesson on experimental design and students design care plan.

 

(optional) Day 3:

Naturalist returns at the end of the school year to see how students have used their garden.

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 Monitoring Station

Students will learn how weather and climate differ, and how these conditions impact the environment.  Students will research tools that can be used to measure weather and then design and install a weather station at their school.

$350 for full program (1.5 visitations)

 

Cost includes naturalist facilitation, weather tools, and implementation plan.

Day 1: Learn about weather vs. climate; students research weather tools and design their weather station; create implementation plan.

 

Day 2: (optional)  Naturalist will come for a follow-up visit to see how students have been using their weather station.  Concluding lesson on what we can study from this weather data.

Compost System

Students will learn about the different forms of waste, and the many resources needed to make our food. Students will practice reducing food waste by weighing their S.L.O.P. (stuff left on plates) in the cafeteria every day for a week.  At the end of the week, students will design a compost plot for the school and begin composting lunch SLOP.  Different grade levels will be responsible for different parts of their program – collecting the SLOP, turning the compost, making a plan for what to do with the soil, etc.

$750 for full program (5 visitations, plus consultation)

 

Cost includes naturalist facilitation, SLOP bucket & scale, and customized implementation plan.

Day 1:  What is SLOP?

 

Day 2: How to reduce your SLOP

 

Day 3: Other forms of SLOP

 

Day 4: What to do with SLOP

 

Day 5: Compost & Beyond

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