Meduxnekeag Environmental Showcase 2012
The 2012 Meduxnekeag Environmental Showcase is about “My Waterway”
Water is around us in our everyday lives. The theme, as in previous years, is to be the central part of the student projects.
Within the theme, projects can focus on any of a variety of aspects of My Waterway; for example:
• native plants, animals, and birds you have found in your waterway
• native plants, animals, and birds you should find in your waterway, but don't (and the reason(s) why they aren't there)
• the role of biodiversity in supporting healthy waterways
• issues affecting your waterway and possible solutions to those issues
Note that the above are only examples; they are not intended to be the only way to focus on the theme; projects which respond to the theme in other ways are perfectly acceptable!
Please note that projects do not have to be about the Meduxnekeag River. Any waterway in your backyard, region, or somewhere nearby is totally appropriate.
We want students to explore and learn about their surrounding water environment, while at the same time meeting curriculum requirements. This is not about composting, or some far off animal/place - we want the students to report on nature as they experience it in their immediate area.
The Showcase challenge is: find out more about “Your” waterway, and then choose some aspect that most interests you.
Research and find out everything you can about it: Where is it? Why is it important? How has it changed over the years? How might it change in the future?
Then do a project that focuses on the aspect(s) of “Your” waterway that most interest you. Your project can be artwork, constructions, model, diagram, poster, photos, or any combination and must include something written in your own handwriting or printing (as short as a few
sentences for Kindergarten and as long as an essay for Grade 5 students). You can start your project right in your neighborhood. And, then check out the library at your school or your local public library for more information. The internet also has vast resources that may be of use.
Meduxnekeag Environmental Showcase 2011
In 2011, our Meduxnekeag Environmental Showcase competition for local elementary schools is expanding to more schools and as a result students, teachers and parents alike.
The theme for 2011 is “Nature in my Neighbourhood” and students are challenged to report on nature as they experience it in their immediate area. The theme, as in previous years, is to be the central part of the student projects. Within the theme, projects can focus on any of a variety of aspects of nature in my neighborhood; for example:
- native plants, animals, and birds you have found in your yard
- native plants, animals, and birds you should find in your neighborhood, but don't and why they aren't there
- the role of biodiversity in supporting healthy nature
- issues affecting nature in your neighborhood and possible solutions to those issues
- an interesting, or unique habitat in your neighborhood
- note that the above are only examples; they are not intended to be the only way to focus on the theme; projects which respond to the theme in other ways are perfectly acceptable!
This is not about composting, or some far off animal/place. We want the students to report on nature as they experience it in their immediate area.
The local libraries have information on this topic and there are extensive resources on the internet. Most importantly, we want the students to get out and explore first hand nature in their neighborhood – this creates an experiential learning experience for the student and reinforces connections to the surrounding natural environment. Although interesting, we don't want to learn about Niagara Falls, the rare three-toed sloth or nature in some far off place – it needs to be local, preferably in their backyard.
The preceding are examples only: there are endless possibilities on this subject. We want the students to explore and learn about their surrounding environment, while at the same time meeting curriculum requirements. We have provided some suggestions in this document and are happy to provide further guidance/assistance as needed. Please let us know how we can be of assistance.
LINK: Curriculum Guidance to Teachers Document
To help meet the additional costs of expanding the Showcase, Meduxnekeag River Association is seeking a corporate sponsor or sponsors. The Showcase reaches into almost every household with elementary school age children or grandchildren in the region...
Please DONATE to this effort here.
About Our Programs
Meduxnekeag River Association members have always felt that education is some of the most important environmental work our organization can do.
On our first walk through the forest which has now become the Meduxnekeag Valley Nature Preserve, one of the ways we saw it was as an outdoor classroom, a place where students could come to experience and learn from a mature forest. Once we had the first low impact marked walking trails in place, we began making that happen by offering guided walks to classes at two local Elementary Schools. Within a year, we were up to five schools.
In the 2003-2004 school year more than 500 students accompanied by teachers, aides, and parents walked the trails. We also have on-preserve programs at Middle School and High School levels.
In addition to taking the schools into the environment, we take the environment into the schools through our annual Meduxnekeag Environmental Awareness Showcase, now in its third year. Last year, nearly 1200 Elementary students produced projects or artwork and essays on how they could reduce their environmental footprints.