Land Conservation - York Middle School: SSC 2015
Samantha Smith Challenge
York Middle School
Team Snow Leopard, Group 3
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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.