URBANA – Over 600 2nd grade students from Graham, Mechanicsburg, Triad, Urbana and West Liberty-Salem schools attended the third Earth Day Project at Champaign Family YMCA’s Camp Shiffer on April 21.
Cedar Bog Site Manager Tracy Bleim applied for a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Education Fund on behalf of the Outdoor Environmental Education Collaborative Outreach Committee of Champaign County (OEECOC) a few years ago. The grant supplied enviroscape models, plant identification displays, binoculars and other models and displays that could be borrowed by area teachers and OEECOC members for use in their classrooms or organizations.
The Earth Day event was thanks to a partnership of the Cedar Bog Association, Champaign Family YMCA, the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Champaign Land Preservation Society, Valley View Woodlands, Urbana University, Freshwater Farms, and Champaign Soil & Water Conservation District, who helped organize the event.
A special thanks goes to KTH Parts Industries Inc. for donating a tree sapling for each 2nd grade student this year, as part of the event. Retired ODNR Forester Jim Bartlett provided information on planting and caring for the tree saplings that were donated by KTH during the Earth Day Event, as well.
This day-long outdoor environmental education experience for area students featured “learning stations” where students engaged in hands-on activities that utilized the enviroscape models, Project WET and Project Learning Tree materials and activities, Project WILD/Aquatic WILD activities, etc. The different learning stations allowed each class to rotate and learn about different environmental activities that encouraged habitat restoration activities among the participants and improved understanding of actions needed to sustain our air quality and water resources.
Submitted by Cedar Bog Nature Preserve.