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Hello! I've worked with a lot of schools that work at doing some
environmental projects and that foster environmentally wise decision making.
A good positive example is BROOKSIDE ELEMENTARY in Worthington, Ohio.
Contact Fritz Monroe, 6700 McVey Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43235. They have a
website but sorry, I don't have the address.
The best school example is in Ellensburg, Washington. There, teachers
and the community created a wonderful natural area back in the 70s and it
is being used today. Also, one of their teachers, Mike Milligan (605 N
Samson, Ellensbury, Washington 98926) is doing some local stream
Unfortunately, I have a long list of schools that have been
unsuccessful in creating or restoring. With few exceptions they act from a
top down management style with lots of parent involvement or some kind of
"plan" that they wish to fit on an unsuitable site. Lots of "prairie"
plantings or "butterfly gardens" or other single species notions fall into
this failure category. True restoration or habitat helpful projects start
from taking a good look at what is available, then allowing kids to proceed
with community involvement - see Mary Sheridan's work as a wonderful
example of all the elements needed to be successful (and the time it takes).
P.S. - Get in touch with me if you want more school addresses
PO 899, Hadlock, WA 98339
> My name is Kristie Moore ( I go by Kris-T or T-bird)
> I'm currently interested in social restoration, particularly how
>communities have already put this into action. What I'm most interested
>in is how art teachers or even other teachers have taken a pro-active
>approach to teaching kids about the envirnoment.
> I would love any tips on a school that has done something to change the
>way students see themselves and their role in the environment. Maybe
>something like turning part of their playground into a habitat or
>wetland or something along those lines.
> Got any ideas? I would love some success stories as well as
>unsuccessful attempts. Thanks!!