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SchoolScapes June 2011 Newsletter

Environmental Partnerships Highlighted at 9th Annual
Broward Water Matters Day

South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) mascot Freddy the Alligator, SFWMD Governing Board Member Glenn WaldmanMore than 3,400 Broward County residents, including dozens from the Broward school community, learned how to “Be Florida Friendly” at this year’s Water Matters Day held on Saturday, March 12th at Tree Tops Park in Davie.  Attendees learned about water conservation and management, gardening for wildlife, and enjoyed taking home free trees and plants, having the opportunity to win an irrigation system or rain barrel, and were able to purchase composters and rain barrels for their own gardens. Photo at left: South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) mascot Freddy the Alligator, SFWMD Governing Board Member Glenn Waldman, School Board Member Patricia Good, New River Middle School (NRMS) Principal Priscilla Ribiero, Middle School Literary Contest winner Abby Hodder (student, NRMS), Katherine O’Fallon (teacher, NRMS), Broward County Mayor Sue Gunzburger, and National Wildlife Federation mascot Ranger Rick celebrate another successful Water Matters Day.

Students from Cooper City High School’s SITE Club, Cypress Bay High School’s Environmental Club, South Plantation High School’s Solar Knights, Environmental Science, and Everglades Restoration Magnet programs, and Western High School’s Horticulture Program staffed several of the 40+ educational booths and provided demonstrations as well as hands-on activities.

School Board Member Patricia Good assisted with presentation of awards to the middle school and high school essay contest winners, who wrote about how being Florida Friendly helps protect and conserve our water resources and environment.

After the event, Broward County Mayor Gunzburger remarked, “It was a pleasure to see so many Broward County residents turn out for the Water Matters Day event, and to observe the great enthusiasm expressed by children and adults as they learned more about our environment, local water resources, and ways to get more involved in efforts to enhance our community and ensure the sustainability of our unique natural resources.”

Plan to join us next year on March 10th, 2012 at the 10th Annual Water Matters Day, the County’s premier environmental event.

New NatureScapes "Greening" School Campuses

Students celebrated the installation of “Native Plant Parks” on their campuses by learning about their new NatureScape and participating in presentations on water conservation, climate change, recycling,  and wildlife.  Margate Middle School marked the dedication of their NatureScape with the release of Mourning Doves that had been rehabilitated by  Sawgrass Nature Center in Coral Springs.

Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs shares ladybugs with students at Margate Middle School.
Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs shares ladybugs with students at Margate Middle School.

Nova Middle School students learn about recyclable materials and their uses.
Nova Middle School students learn about recyclable materials and their uses.

Matt Anderson of Broward County’s Air Quality Division talks about hybrid vehicles with students
Matt Anderson of Broward County's Air Quality Division talks about hybrid vehicles with students at New Renaissance Middle School.

Ramblewood Middle School students learn about local wildlife
Ramblewood Middle School students learn about local wildlife from staff at Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital.

Pines Middle School  students learn about the wildlife benefits provided by the native tree species installed on their campus




Pines Middle School students learn about the wildlife benefits provided by the native tree species installed on their campus from NatureScape's Alex Schore.

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Learning Opportunities

There are several learning opportunities available to School Board staff, teachers and maintenance personnel this summer.  All classes include an overview of South Florida’s natural history, water management, and landscape best management practices.  For more information, or to register for a class, please contact Victor Suarez, NatureScape Education Specialist at (954) 519-1239.

June 17: NatureScape Teacher In-Service, Secret Woods Nature Center, Dania Beach
July 14:  NatureScape Teacher In-Service, Long Key Nature Center, Davie
August 1-5: National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Training (filled)

Ray Morrison and Pam Oliver, School Board Irrigation Pump Servicers, demonstrate irrigation repairs to custodians.
Ray Morrison and Pam Oliver, School Board Irrigation Pump Servicers, demonstrate irrigation repairs to custodians.

Custodians learn the basics of proper tree pruning from Victor Suarez, NatureScape Broward Education Specialist.
Custodians learn the basics of proper tree pruning from Victor Suarez, NatureScape Broward Education Specialist.

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Irrigation Evaluations Save Water and $$$

Alex Schore, NatureScape Water Conservation Specialist, discusses the irrigation system evaluation process and its benefits. NatureScape Broward conducts irrigation system evaluations at Broward County Public Schools, documenting the amount of water being used and identifying opportunities for improving performance and efficiency. 

Since the December 2010 edition of SchoolScapes, 42 evaluations have been completed at 16 schools, resulting in an estimated savings of more than 31.7 million gallons of water per year.  To schedule an irrigation system evaluation, or to learn more about the process, contact Alex Schore, NatureScape Water Conservation Specialist, at 954-519-1462. Photo: Alex Schore, NatureScape Water Conservation Specialist, discusses the irrigation system evaluation process and its benefits.

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"Can We Have Class Outside Today?"

There’s lots to see on our school campuses and in our parks. NatureScape staff offer indoor and outdoor environmental educational programs for all grades, including butterfly gardening, campus tours and workdays, container gardening, native and migratory wildlife, Enviroscape (point and non-point source pollution), invasive-exotic species identification, knowing our state symbols, and off-site field trips.  For information, contact Victor Suarez at 954-519-1239.

Kinder “Gardeners” at Lakeside Elementary School enjoy their plant lesson.
Kinder “Gardeners” at Lakeside Elementary School enjoy their plant lesson. Afterwards, they built container gardens that they could care for at their school or home.

Cypress Bay High School students toured their campus learning about the value of native plants.
Cypress Bay High School students toured their campus learning about the value of native plants. The tour also involved a discussion on non-point source pollution.

5th grade students installed a bird and butterfly garden at Davie Elementary School.
5th grade students installed a bird and butterfly garden at Davie Elementary School.

Deerfield Beach Middle School students learned about our local butterflies.
Deerfield Beach Middle School students learned about our local butterflies.

Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School students took a guided nature walk at Tree Tops Park.
Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School students took a guided nature walk at Tree Tops Park.

Environment Day at Sunset Lakes Elementary School involved getting to know the native trees found throughout the campus.
Environment Day at Sunset Lakes Elementary School involved getting to know the native trees found throughout the campus.

The Enviroscape model is used for teaching about point and non-point source pollution.




The Enviroscape model is used for teaching about point and non-point source pollution.

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We've Been Busy

Since the inception of our partnership, NatureScape Broward education programs have reached more than 25,000 students and 438 instructional and support staff.

Victor Suarez, discussing the benefits of using native plants
Victor Suarez, discussing the benefits of using native plants like Firebush, at a Teacher In-Service Training at Secret Woods Nature Center.

2010 National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Class
2010 National Wildlife Federation Habitat Steward Class. 80 Broward County Public School teachers have completed the week-long Habitat Steward training offered each August.

Alex Schore, Water Conservation Specialist, recording
Alex Schore, Water Conservation Specialist, recording irrigation system water consumption using a flow meter.

Locating and repairing leaks results
Locating and repairing leaks results in significant water savings.

154 irrigation systems have been evaluated at 74 schools (27 elementary schools, 41 middle schools, 3 high schools and 3 centers).  As a result, irrigation water demand has been reduced by 22.5%, an estimated 122,199,992 gallons of water per year.

NatureScape Certified Schools

Naturescape Certified Schools

98 Broward County Public Schools are certified NatureScapes, environmentally-friendly landscapes conserving water, protecting water quality, and creating wildlife habitat.  NatureScape recognizes properties certified through the National Wildlife Federation’s SchoolYard  Habitat Program and/or the Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Program.  Our goal is to certify every Public School Facility. 

For more information (954) 519-1239.

 

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