Central Woodlands 5/6
The school grounds were overrun with invasive plant species, specifically spotted knapweed, garlic mustard, oriental bittersweet, and autumn olive. Last year, students removed over 50 autumn olive trees and a sizable area of oriental bittersweet. This year continued these efforts (20+ trees and 30+ oriental bittersweet vines removed) along with an additional focus on the expanse of spotted knapweed on our grounds. Students researched the invasives and best practices for removal and wrote feature articles highlighting their findings. A controlled burn was conducted this spring with follow-up removal by hand pulling (by students) and propane torching rosettes (by teachers). Students then planted native seeds in the burn area that they harvested from their Sand Hill Farm field trip this past Fall.
Fostering Lifelong Stewardship:
Students are more aware of the impact they can have on a habitat.
River City Wild Ones, Amway, Sand Hill Farm
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration