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Environmental Awareness Committee NEWS: EAC's Last Meeting of the Year Set for May 31

May 17, 2018

District 30’s Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) mission statement is to "promote responsibility to improve and preserve the environment."

The EAC meets next at 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 31.


From Northbrook’s River Trail Nature Center, 3120 Milwaukee Avenue

http://fpdcc.com/nature-centers/river-trail-nature-center/

Meet the Animals at River Trail Nature Center

Community members will have the opportunity to meet some of the animals at River Trail Nature Center at 1:30 p.m., Monday, May 28. Free admission.

River Trail Nature Center Has Summer Camp Openings 

Some spots are still available at River Trail Nature Center for summer camps below. Children need to be registered in person. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted.

Discovery Days Camp

Discover nature at River Trail through engaging hands-on activities, hikes, crafts, and outdoor play. 

Children ages: 4-6

Session 1: July 9 - 13 • 9:30 a.m.-noon

Session 2: July 23 - 27 • 9:30 a.m.-noon

Fee: $50/session

Traveling Adventurers

For children entering grades 6, 7 and 8: Travel throughout the Forest Preserves for a variety of adventures which could include: hiking, swimming, canoeing, and other outdoor activities. 

Participants must bring a lunch each day.

June 18 - 22 • 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fee: $200/child

Call for more information at 847-824-8360.

 

SWANCC Offers Environmental Programs for Glenview Educators
 

Invite SWANCC staff to give a presentation about solid waste technologies, waste reduction tips and what individuals are doing to be more “green” to groups of 25 or more. Information will be adjusted for age-appropriateness.

Join the Elist for Educators to be notified of resources for educators related to waste reduction, recycling, composting and resources relevant to the classroom.

Chances are good that we have previously hosted a workshop with your current needs in mind; however, there is always room for new topics. If you have suggestions, call SWANCC at (847) 724-9205 or write info@swancc.org.

SWANCC Display for Loan

Community groups, organizations or schools in Glenview can borrow a display board highlighting community and educational programs offered by Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), along with examples of Agency resources. Contact SWANCC for details at info@swancc.org.

Willowbrook First-Graders Plant Memories for the Seasons

Willowbrook School's daffodils were in full bloom the day that first graders participated in the planting of the new butterfly garden. District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee partnered with Rob Sulski of Foot Stone, Inc., who has worked on Wescott's prairie and butterfly gardens for the past few years. Early in the morning of April 24, he augured holes in the soil in the front drive near the flagpole. Everything was ready for the first-graders to plant by 9:30 a.m.

Fifth-grade teacher Heidi Fletcher said, "Our first-grade classes were invited to plant this butterfly garden due to the natural connection with their life science unit. They rotated in/out of the garden in 20-minute increments between 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m."

The schedule was as follows:
10:00 a.m.-10:20 a.m: Aimee Neumann's class
10:20 a.m.-10:40 a.m.: Jody Madden's class
10:40 a.m.-11:00 a.m: Rachel Rabinowitz's class

Mr. Sulski met with each class at the main entrance and provided directions before planting. Over the course of just over an hour, 25 species and 256 plants were planted by the children! He will come back in the fall with 250 more plants for the garden!

Many of the students repeated the name of their plant as they put it gently into the soil and patted the dirt around it. Mr. Sulski provided plants grown from his own garden, and some of them included Michigan Lilly, Northern Drops, Red Grass, Blue-Eyed Grass, Purple Cornflower, Wild Geranium, Prairie Phlox, Blue Aster, Leadplant, Shooting Star, and more! He told them to wait until the plants get bigger, and they will see butterflies and pollinating insects visiting the garden!

Throughout the morning, the sunshine and fresh air seemed to bolster the kids' moods. Happy voices shouted out, "This is so fun!" "This is so cool." 

Learning specialist Melanie Roth said, "The butterfly garden was a hit! Memories last longer than one season, and I definitely think that applies to the butterfly garden project that took place today. The students loved getting their hands dirty and learning about the different plants. What a great opportunity for the students to partner up with Mother Nature to make magic!”

Glenview Lions Present Fourth Grade Foresters' Program on Arbor Day

On Arbor Day, April 27, representatives from the Glenview Lions Club shared information about tree care, Arbor Day, and distributed Norway Spruce saplings to fourth graders at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. 

Glenview Lions’ member, Terry Dooley, with volunteer Anne Gardner, arranged for fourth graders at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools to receive the saplings, courtesy of the Fourth Grade Foresters’ USA tree distribution initiative. The organization's goal is to revitalize the celebration of Arbor Day in America’s Schools. Since its inception in 2007, over one million trees have been planted nationwide. 

Mr. Dooley maintains, "Now in the era of global warming and air pollution, tree planting is even more important than ever. Trees take carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to help reduce warming and help clean the air we breathe. Planting trees is a simple, inexpensive, and easy way to address the problem."

 EAC Hosts "Our Changing Climate" Assemblies on March 22

"We don't throw trash in the sea!" This important message was part of a song that elementary students learned during an assembly on climate change, that was organized in honor of Earth Day, which takes place on April 22 this year.

District 30's Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) hosted Mobile Ed Productions' presentation titled, "Our Changing Climate" on Thursday, March 22 at Wescott and Willowbrook Schools. 

For the younger students, "Dr. Exhaustus", aka Jeff Hoge, discussed ways in which individuals can take better care of the planet. One example was by taking heed of the three R's: Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The older students heard about content elements and how they are all connected to the subject of climate change. Competing scientific points of view about climate change were presented, including the "sunspot theory," "natural causes", and the "greenhouse theory."

He discussed how wind turbines work, solar energy, hybrid cars that run on gas and electricity, and the importance of rainforests to the world.

"Every second a piece of the rainforest the size of a football field is chopped down. We lose about 31 million acres of rainforest each year," cited Mr. Hoge. 

The "Dr.'s" goal was to encourage students and teachers to further discuss the various aspects of this topic in their classrooms, using critical thinking to arrive at their own personal conclusions. The shows offered examples of how students can help the environment. While always maintaining the need to take the subject seriously, "Dr. Exhaustus" stressed the importance of a positive attitude, using simple humor to caution against alarm. His two puppets displayed the humorous side during the assemblies, Mr. Gleuwm and Mrs. Deuwm popped up out of a box throughout the assemblies yelling, "It's the end of the world!" and "There is no hope!"

At the end of the presentations, Mr. Hoge told inspiring stories of a boy who helped the rainforest and a woman who planted millions of trees.

He concluded by reminding the children that, "You are the future!"

mobileedproductions.com

For more information, contact EAC committee chair, Dr. Melissa E. Hirsch at 847-498-4190.

Wescott School Fourth Graders Present Videos on Energy and Fuels at EAC Meeting

On February 22, sixteen Wescott School fourth grade students were chosen to research and present their videos on energy and fossil fuels during a District 30 Environmental Awareness Committee (EAC) meeting with Dr. Melissa Hirsch. Their teachers, who helped coordinate the projects include Jane Eilhauer, Julie Molay, Michele Maisel, and Jessica Schutz.

Under Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) performance expectations, the children obtained and combined information to describe how energy and fuels derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment. They also generated and compared multiple solutions to reduce the impacts of natural Earth processes on humans.

The kids had continuous support from science coordinators, librarians, technology integration specialists, and support staff. They analyzed primary source images for each energy resource to generate research questions and learned basics about each energy. They worked in groups researching one of six renewable or nonrenewable resources. Students consulted with energy expert David Wilms to answer questions they had about energy.

They wrote scripts to demonstrate and share their knowledge of their energy. They used Apple Clips app to film energy commercials on electricity, coal, solar energy, and oil. As they viewed their prepared commercials, they completed a T-chart to compare each energy source.

After the presentation, Math and Science Coordinator Kery Obradovich, Wescott Librarian Margaret Janavicius, Library assistant Joan Marsh, and Technology Integration Specialist Anna Davis answered questions about the children’s research, which were posed by EAC members. Director of Educational Technology Andrew Kohl and Principal Chris Brown were also on hand to answer questions.

Check out Movie "Just Eat It" Which Features Food Waste in America

 In the film "Just Eat It," filmmakers and food lovers dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking.  (IMDB) To watch the film, click on this link http://www.foodwastemovie.com/