There is an exciting new program starting at Green Venture this fall: the 2016 EcoStars Challenge! We have received many comments from teachers that they would love to have eco-activities that they could do back in their school community. In response to that, we are launching the EcoStars Challenge. The idea is for classes to take on these Challenges (there are 33 to choose from) and complete them at school. All the Challenges centre around the issues of climate change, and have been divided into 5 themes:
Get Growing, Move It , The Arts, Recycle That, Energy Wise
In order to encourage classes to take on Challenges, we are offering seven (7) grand prizes, thanks to the support of Clean Air Hamilton. Winning classes will be able to choose one (1) of the following grand prizes:
- a 2 hour school tour to EcoHouse (transportation included)
- a class visit from Green Venture staff, to set up a classroom composting worm bin (all supplies provided)
- the smoothie bike in your class for a week, set up and training by a Green Venture staff (recipes & ingredients kit provided)
To get started on the Challenges, all you need to do is visit greenventure.ca and click on our “EcoStars Challenge” tab. You can read the complete rules, and look through the Challenges. Then your class can choose a Challenge, and off you go! When completed, simply go back to the website and fill out a completion form. The more Challenges your class completes, the better your chance of winning a free school tour!
I am really excited to see which Challenges classes take on: will students want to map the native trees at school? Will they choose to host an Earth Hour event? Will they decorate their class with recycled items? Will they create blackout poetry? Will they read a great book about being eco-friendly?
As each Challenge is completed, we will be posting their success (i.e. photos, video, art, written reports) on the “EcoStars Wall of Fame” as well as the Hamilton Climate Change Map. Be sure to check back often to see what changes are being made by the students across Hamilton!
With the summer coming to a close, it’s been a sad week here at the EcoHouse- we just don’t know what to do with ourselves! It’s been a tough time packing up all of our crafts and games, but we look forward for the next summer to come. The three sessions of campers that we had were equal parts enthusiastic and creative, and we’re so lucky to have had them as EcoStars! Be it an adventurous hike in the woods, or a quick dip in the pool. our campers were down for everything! They were especially brave when facing our scaly friends from the reptile man. More than that, our campers were kind to one another, and it was really fantastic to see some new friendships form over the week.
We really hope to see some returning (and new!) faces next year, but until then we’ll be preparing all of the fun games and activities to come! Enjoy the last little bit of summer, and good luck with the coming school year everyone! We really do hope you can make an Eco-impression on your classmates, friends, and family.
Bright Eyes and Dandy
Green Venture is getting ready for their first EcoStar camp! With topics like Bugs & Blooms, H2Whoa that’s a lot of Water, and EcoExplorers, campers are sure to learn new skills and an appreciation for the environment around them. As camp director I’m excited to introduce our two camp counsellors Bright Eyes and Dandy.
May 19, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
R.A. RIDDELL ELEMENTARY IS GOING ON A GREEN VENTURE
HAMILTON, ON – DEPAVE PARADISE (www.depaveparadise.ca) projects engage volunteers and neighbourhoods in communities across Canada, removing pavement and planting gardens filled with native species in its place. On May 28th and June 4th, Green Venture, R.A. Riddell Elementary School, partners and local residents will be hosting Hamilton’s 3rd Depave Paradise event to transform part of the school’s asphalt playground into a beautiful garden for the community to enjoy. Continue reading
This week, we updated the green roof demo at EcoHouse with some Sedums! A green roof or living roof is a roof of a building that is partially or completely covered with vegetation and a growing medium, planted over a waterproofing membrane. Green roofs are a beautiful and cost-efficient way to conserve energy, manage storm water, and insulate a building. Continue reading