Sparta Area Schools


Project Description:
Sparta students planted about 3,500 native plants on both sides of a ditch located between the parking lot and back field of a ball diamond at Sparta Middle School. The ditch is about 140 yards long and eight yards wide. Storm water exits from the ditch to Rogue River. Students investigated the effect native plants have on water quality and habitat restoration in a storm water ditch. Through persuasion letters and short presentations to local governments and other classrooms, students persuaded others to help restore habitat and their watershed by planting native plants.

Fostering Lifelong Stewardship:
Students experienced identifying a problem in their community and were empowered to solve it.

Partners:
Peace Lutheran Church, Designs by Nature, Sparta Village Water Dept

Teachers:
3

Students:
175

Funder:
Baldwin Foundation

Showcase Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHPPTcqgBpA