Friday, February 14, 2014

News: Clean Creek Campus' learning projects!

forwarded from Keep Austin Beautiful's enewsletter:

Clean Creek Campus – Where Learning Evolves in to Service

The enthusiasm of children never ceases to amaze. On a drizzly Tuesday morning in early February, 100 fourth graders from Oak Hill Elementary School scurried to collect the most litter, darted along a creek identifying plants and finding natural artifacts, and reveled in the messiness of making seedballs.

The fourth grade adventure was only one of three Clean Creek Campus service-learning projects that took place at the school. Another 240 third and fifth grade students studied watersheds and soil composition and went on to install an outdoor compost system and eight new raised garden beds. The school's effort to go green is ongoing. Focused on water quality and green gardening practices, the school has plans to install a tool shed, overhaul existing raised beds to create a functioning food garden, and create two native landscapes. Read more about the outdoor exploration in our latest blog.

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