3rd Graders Learn Hands-on Stewardship
We kicked off Earth Day week by hosting a field trip at the Chapman DeMary Trail for the Guilford Elementary Green Beans environmental club. Third grade students participated in a variety of activities at the trail, including planting over 20 plants in the pollinator habitat.
Students rotated through stations with an interesting variety of hands-on activities for students:
- how much energy it takes to clean water (The Loudoun County Public Schools Energy Education)
- a cupcake helps demonstrate layers of rock in the earth (Luck Stone)
- ways to slow the movement of water (The Catoctin Scenic River Advisory Committee)
- a hike to experience things in nature with different senses (The Piedmont Environmental Council)
- a nature bingo and scavenger hunt – with binoculars! (volunteers from Middleburg Bank, Jason Sengpeihl’s Allstate Agency, The Nature Generation’s board)
Before they left, each student got their own copy of a book called Arthur Turns Green which won The Nature Generation’s annual Green Earth Book Award (2012 Picture Book), a packet of seeds to plant, and a Chapman DeMary Trail pencil. The books were donated by The Nature Generation and Jason P. Sengpiehl and his agency’s team in cooperation with the Allstate Foundation.
After returning to school, students shared what they learned during the field trip, including:
- the names of various plants, like Trout Lily and May Apple
- knowing that energy is important in the clean water process
- little nasty critters can be floating in unclean water
- finding out about layers and kinds of rock
They felt a sense of ownership and pride after planting in the pollinator meadow, knowing they can make a difference in simple ways. Even the parent chaperones were impressed with the stations and presenters, and learned things for their home gardens. Some have decided to make these kinds of gardens a family plan.
This field trip was made possible through a grant from Jason P. Sengpiehl and his agency’s team in cooperation with the Allstate Foundation. The plants from Watermark Woods were purchased through a grant The Nature Generation received from the Dominion Foundation.