Friday, March 11, 2011

Here are our results from our lunch trash audit:

65 pound of garbage in four bags

173 styrofoam trays

6 pounds of plastics

10 pounds of milk containers

48 pounds of food waste!

The worst offenders
- 65 spork containers taken only for the straw
- 53 apples with none or one bite taken out of it

This month we focused on Waste Out of Place and we conducted a lunchroom trash audit. Our results will be posted soon.

If you have a chance, challenge your family to the ‘home trash audit’ to calculate how much waste do you produce in a day. Do you produce more or less than the national average of 4.6 lbs of garbage a day?

Please take some time to review what your child learned during the trash audit and check out some or all of these websites.

Watch ‘Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout’ together from Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

Download the EPA’s ‘Trash and Climate Change: Planet Protectors Discover the Hidden Reasons to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle’ Activity Book

Go on a virtual field trip to a landfill:

Thursday, March 10, 2011

March Late Start Morning Field Trip

We had a great time exploring Tryon Creek State Park with Ranger Karen and Ranger Christal. The kids learned about the importance of fallen trees, searched for 'nursery' logs, and delighted in finding the animals that lived under them. We even were able to see a Great Horned Owl nest and deer tracks.