In Our Own Back Yard provides opportunities for students to learn science, math, and language arts through hands-on activities, immersed in Sonoma County’s big outside. Each outdoor visit reinforces concepts learned in the classroom and introduces new and exciting educational experiences all while fueling curiosity and imagination!
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.
We have two more field trips to go! Talk to your child's teacher if you'd like to join us as a chaperone. Thank your teacher for their ongoing dedication to help make IOOBY happen for your child. And please, consider helping IOOBY continue for many children to come by volunteering or making a donation.
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?
(5) CLEANING AND INSTALLING BIRDHOUSES
Students helped to maintain over 30 homes for cavity nesting native birds such as Violet Green Swallows, Western Bluebirds and Wrens. These homes provide important habitat near young forests where old hollowed out trees are harder to come by. Did your child find a nest? What was it made of? Was there anything in it?
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.
By the end of the year, your child will be an accomplished recycler, have undertaken a stewardship project to help the land, and used nature as an outdoor classroom to hone skills necessary for academic success. We hope they sleep well after these field days. The adventure will be all the more powerful if you join in by asking questions, being interested, and if you can, getting outdoors to see your child in action
The classes first visit was dedicated to Discovery and Exploration. On this field day students got to know their adopted property, right down to choosing their own special sit spot. Most of our trips included a LOT of hiking as we explored a new landscape. Other activities that your child may have participated in include:
Duplication scavenger huntsengage your child’s memory and identification skills as groups find duplicates of
collected natural objects. We come together for discussion and comparison.
Garbalogy is an interactive way to teach your child about where our trash goes; how to sort recycling, compost, re- useable, and trash items, and our “leave no trace” policy.
Song and Dance gets your kids moving each morning. Ask your kids if they remember the Roots, Stems, Leaves song or the Energy in our Ecosystem Skit.Sit Spots are a time for your child to find solace in nature. We hope to dedicate up to 30 minutes each trip to quiet, solo observations. Your child will return to the same spot on each visit and develop their own, personal relationship with the big outside.
Garden activities were accomplished at Rancho Mark West and Bayer Farm. A beautiful spread of salsas, chips, and fresh garden salads and veggie quesadillas were prepared by and for your child to enjoy!
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 we enliven their curiosity about the natural world, including fun- filled investigations of their own watersheds and local habitats. We ultimately strive to inspire them to respect, protect, and steward the land.
LandPaths' mission is to foster a love of the land in Sonoma County through access, education and stewardship. Find more ways to love the land at www.landpaths.org.
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