Students have created a Bird Sanctuary outside the fifth grade classroom. It is here that the 22 students in fifth grade provide food and water throughout the year for local birds. Students document the types of birds that visit the feeders throughout the year and participate in the Cornell University Feeder Watch Program. Pictured below is a photo of some fifth grade students filling the feeders and documenting the species identified. The student in the video describes the documentation process.
Bird and Butterfly Garden
The Bird and Butterfly Garden, which was constructed in 2005, is maintained each year by students in third, fourth, and fifth grades. These 70+ students work to weed, trim, and replant native species that will attract native birds and butterflies.
Each year the 20+ students in kindergarten plant native shrubs in the school Stewardship Garden. Maps are made in order to identify the location of each student’s shrub. For several years the shrubs are cared for by these students. When the shrubs are ready, they are transplanted in the community or in other locations in the schoolyard. In the photos below students are planting, caring for, and digging up their shrubs.
Each year the 20+ students in fifth grade choose a location in the Environmental Education Laboratory (EEL) to hang bird boxes. Throughout the year the students monitor the boxes to be sure they are functional for the birds. Students also monitor any additional boxes that are placed in schoolyard.