Don't Stop Exploring
Our year together in-person may have come to an end, but that doesn't mean that your explorations have to stop. I hope that you will continue our work by getting out to explore your watershed areas, even if it is just in your own backyard. Nature thrives in all environments, including urban areas. A small patch of soil can contain hundreds of little critters. Many of your teachers are sending you a link to the Watershed Explorer blog each day or have a link to this website for you to access. I encourage you to visit as often as you can. I am writing daily blogs to keep you informed and entertained. I am also posting pictures, videos, and stories of student work, so please forward me some of the great outdoor activities you are enjoying! I miss you all so very much and I hope that you are all staying safe, healthy, and active.
Much Love wonderful scientists,
Much Ado About Gloving
Each year the NBC Watershed Explorers Program uses over 6,400 gloves. The gloves are important, because they keep explorer hands safe from toxins and bacteria that may be present during water testing experiments. The problem is that used gloves have to be discarded. This was really making Mrs. Morissette CRAZY, so she decided to research glove recycling programs!
Enter Terra Cycle and it's Zero Waste boxes. Many hard to recycle materials can be collected in these special boxes and sent to Terra Cycle for repurposing. Now the Watershed Explorer gloves will be collected, boxed, sent to Terra Cycle, and made into some really neat products such as playground equipment and patio furniture. Please take a minute to check out Terra Cycle using the link below and even sign up for some free recycling programs that Explorers can even participate in!
A huge watershed thank you to my wonderful friends Eamon from Woodridge Elementary and Audrey and Mya from Agnes Little for these wonderful drawings. These mean so much to me and remind me why I love my work. All of the watershed explorers are special and I am so proud of the work that each of you has accomplished in just a short amount of time!
LAST YEAR'S EXPLORER CONFERENCE
A very heartfelt thank you to all of the students, teachers, chaperons, and NBC staff who made this year's Watershed Explorers Program a monumental success. It was an absolute pleasure working with each and every one of you and seeing the growth in your understanding of how to make this Earth a better place for all. I am beyond proud and hope that you will share your knowledge with others. Keep exploring this summer and for years to come!!!