Land Conservation - York Middle School: SSC 2015

Subject: Environmentalism, Land Conservation
Themes: Young Activists 21st Century Environmental Issues
Age groups: Elementary School Middle School
Resource type: Video

Samantha Smith Challenge

York Middle School

Team Snow Leopard, Group 3

Grade 7

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The Issue: Land Conservation in York, Maine

The Question: What are some issues/problems around land conservation in our town?

Community Partners and Stakeholders:

  • York Land Trust
  • York Parks and Recreation
  • Town of York
  • Community Members
  • York Garden Club

Facts Learned that Influenced Your Thinking:

  • Land conservation is a balance of different ideas, uses and needs for land.
  • Stewardship is a need around land conservation in our town.
  • We learned this in our discussions and phone interviews with members of York Land Trust and York Parks and Recreation.

Plan of Action:

The team's plan of action was to focus on one area that was accessible (within walking distance) and of interest to our community. The plan was to plan and implement a butterfly garden to provide habitat for wildlife and to entice more community members to use and enjoy the library pond. The team also decided to create a "Stewardship Club" in which members would be recruited to work once a month with York Land Trust on various stewardship needs.


The team held a bake sale to raise money for supplies, bought supplies and started the seeds for the garden, and walked to the area and chose the planting area. Later in the spring, with help from the York Garden Club, the team will plant and maintain their garden. They will also raise butterfly larvae to release.

Ongoing Support Needed:

Support from Garden Club and York Land Trust to coordinate efforts.


Noah Carmahalis Amelia Burley

Shyanne Goodwin Phoebe Keenan

Nathanial Chayer Garrett Ouelette

Dillon Brodsky Christopher Danos

Miranda Monz Justin Fernald

Teacher: Margot Simonds

Names of people who made the video: All of the students

Thoughts about this experience: The students loved the project and learning about land conservation. They all feel strongly that we need to take care of our land and natural surroundings and especially pay attention to animal needs and habitats. The students learned a lot about what people and groups are involved in land conservation and use, as well as the balance of needs that exist.