Adventures with IOOBY keep on rolling. Because we’ve been learning so much about the land on which we depend, it’s time to give back during our Stewardship themed field trip!
Stewardship is the act of taking care of nature. This can take all kinds of forms. We can steward the earth through simple daily acts like sorting our garbage into recycling, compost, re- useable, and landfill items; conserving water every chance we get; picking up trash, even if it’s not our own; and choosing to walk or bike instead of driving our cars. Work with your family to find new ways to steward the land together. Consider getting out on the land with your family through hikes or stewardship workdays offered by LandPaths. See our full calendar and learn more at www.landpaths.org.
During our Stewardship themed field trip we rolled up our sleeves, got our hands dirty, and took action to take care of the earth. Ask your child what they did to take care of the land at their IOOBY field site. To give you a better idea, here are some examples of work we did:
(1) PLANTING NATIVE PLANTS
Native plants are plants that have been in California for a LONG time. This means that local native animals have grown to depend on these as sources of food and shelter. What native plants did your child plant? How is this helping nature?
(2) REMOVING INVASIVE WEEDS Invasive weeds threaten native plants. They come in from other places and tend to take over- pushing native plants out of the landscape forever. Did your child remove an invasive weed? Which one? Was removal fun... challenging?
(3) TRAIL BUILDING
Building trails is an important way to insure that humans can continue to enjoy nature. Some IOOBY students got to build or improve trails. Did your child build a trail? What did it look like? How did they do it?
(4) CREATING CREEK FLAGS is a way for IOOBY students to share their artistic talents while spreading positive thoughts for the world. Creek flags are pieces of fabric that students painted in groups. Each flag represented with paintings and words, ways to care for the land: "Don't Litter," "Keep our Water Clean," "Take Care of the Earth," and more. What message did your child share? What did they draw? Who did they work with?
Our creek flags and restoration work with Alexander Valley School at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve was mentioned in a recent Press Democrat article. Read the article here!
What is IOOBY?
IOOBY stands for In Our Own BackYard. IOOBY is LandPaths' premier environmental education program that aims to cultivate a level of comfort in, connection to, and informed appreciation of the outdoors for students involved. Through four theme- based field trips, we hope to awaken each students' senses to the world around them through discovery and exploration, enliven their curiosity about the natural world through fun- filled investigations of their own watersheds and local habitats, and ultimately, inspire them to respect, protect, and steward the land.
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