Landscaping Projects

Stewardship—Landscaping Projects

Summary: In the previous topic guides, students learned about the human impacts affecting land and water ecosystems. In this topic guide, students take action to improve or restore a local area to improve the health of the ecosystem.

Concepts to teach: Ecosystem, habitat, stewardship, sustainability, invasive species, erosion

Goals: Students plan improvements to a local outdoor area that will improve the health of the ecosystem by reducing erosion, turbidity, water waste, the spread of invasive species, or other similar impacts. Students carry out the project and plan for its sustainability over time.

Standards:
S6.2L.2, S6.4D.1, S6.4D.2
S7.4D.1, S7.4D.2
S8.4D1, S8.4D.2, S8.4D.3

Specific Objectives:

  1. Work with school and/or local officials to identify a restoration/enhancement project that will improve the health of the ecosystem.
  2. Devise a budget and work plan for the activity.
  3. Assess and report impacts from the project to the community.

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Assessment:

  • Identify a local restoration/enhancement project and describe how its implementation will improve the health of the ecosystem.
  • Present a budget and work plan for the restoration/enhancement project.