Students need to interact with nature in order to value nature. We know that even the most urban schools can create room for some green space (inside or outside!). The following challenges help students to explore the value of plants, and give them some hands-on gardening opportunities.
- Native Trees (5 ballots): Learn about native trees in your neighbourhood! Look up the Ontario atlas of Native Species (Ontario.ca/environment-and-energy/tree-atlas). Use the map to find trees native to your area. Now go outside, and see if you can find any of those native trees around your school. Make a map of the trees on your school grounds.
- Tree Planting (20 ballots): Plant a tree at your school! Fundraise, talk to local nurseries, or go to: https://treecanada.ca/en/programs/greening-canadas-school-grounds/
- Indoor Air (10 ballots): Grow an indoor plant for your classroom! Research which plants help keep indoor air clean. Choose a type of plant that helps clean the air, and grow one for your classroom and one for another classroom. The following link can help get you started: http://www.davidsuzuki.org/what-you-can-do/queen-of-green/faqs/cleaning/can-indoor-plants-improve-air-quality-inside-my-home/
- Delicious Milkweed (10 ballots): Help feed the butterflies! Milkweed plants are something that Monarch butterflies need to survive. Find a corner of your school garden/playground and plant some milkweed. The following link can help get you started:http://www.monarchjointventure.org/get-involved/create-habitat-for-monarch
- Spaces to Grow: Help the plants around your school grow their best! Take some time to go outside and pick up any garbage that is around your school. How do you think this will help the plants?