Students identified the three most invasive plant species in their community, as well as native plant species. They learned to identify both the invasive and native plants growing on school grounds, and eliminated as many invasives as possible. Students worked together with their “buddy class” (fourth- and second-grade mentorships) using biodiversity invasion activities.
They learned survey techniques--random sampling on campus to classify what is on school property and at Ada Park. Students then presented their findings via a gallery walk.
Fostering Lifelong Stewardship:
Students learned that animals depend on native plants to survive, as well as the water from the Grand River. They learned that activity and choices on the school's campus have a direct impact on the Grand River and ultimately Lake Michigan.
Montcalm Conservation District, michigannature.org, Ada Parks, Flowerland, Rebecca Marquardt
Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative