Here is a selection of past Seeds for Education youth projects at schools and parks.
What Do 55 High School Students and 800 Native Plants Have in Common? When Dave Seis, biology teacher at Barron Area Senior High School, in Barron, Wisconsin, was assigned the students in Advanced Biology, he knew exactly how to get them excited. Four years previously, Dave had taken a three-week program with the UW-Arboretum’s Earth Partnership for Schools, in which he learned from start to finish how to conduct a prairie restoration. Now he planned to involve his 55 students in every aspect of the same kind of restoration project on their school grounds.
Buhr Park Wet Meadow II: A good investment keeps growing. When preschoolers learn how wetlands work, they ask, “Why don’t we make one here?” So, with the help of teachers, landscape architects, neighbors, city planners, bulldozers, musicians, and others, they did just that.
Restoration at Rudolf Steiner High School. Students work to restore a beautiful and ecologically diverse 6-acre campus in Michigan.
Where Are They Now? A report on several past Seeds for Education grant recipients. Not all the projects we fund are long-term successes, but most are. Here’s a brief look at some of them.
It All Started With Some Trees: Stewardship From the Ground Up. The half-acre of woods had been there between the two schools for as long as anyone could remember. Elementary and middle-school students dared to take on the restoration of the woods.
Who Says Teens Don’t Care About Native Plants? Turning an old landfill into a native plants park.
A Win-Win Resolution for Indian Hill School. A restored prairie in a schoolyard gets a reprieve.
Montessori School of Lake Forest, Illinois. With help from a Seeds for Education grant, school children are the primary students of a community garden.
Friess Lake School. A Seeds for Education grant helps create a scenic and utilitarian four-pond erosion-control area near the school.
School Grounds Replanted With Natives. Students replace invasive with native plants on school grounds and woods.
Stowe Elementary School: Birds, Butterflies & Kids. Oh My! With the help of UM-Duluth students, teachers, Wild Ones members, and a Seeds for Education grant, students planned, designed, and planted a butterfly garden next to their school.
Amery Middle School. Students landscape their school’s courtyard, replacing grass and dandelions with native plants.
The Joy of Natives. Students convert a postage-stamp sized plot of dull grass into a garden oasis of native plants at Miami-Dade Community College.