Resources for Earth Month from Ecology Club!

Our Ecology Club Chairs, Nancy Weber and Diane Beardmore, thoughtfully reached out to the OMS Ecology Club families with some resources to not only celebrate Earth Month (April), yet also Earth Day, April 22nd. They kindly agreed to let us share on our website everything they put together. Thank you!

April is Earth Month, and the 50th anniversary of Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd.  Perhaps like your families, we have enjoyed seeing sidewalk drawings and signs in our neighborhoods, promoting a sense of community and hope during these unusual times.  The US EPA is encouraging families to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (and the establishment of the US EPA) by displaying window art: https://www.epa.gov/earthday/celebrate-earth-day-2020-sharing-window-artwork   Templates/signs are attached to this email.  Send us a pic of your sign!

Also, Arbor Day is this Friday April 24th.  The Arlington Heights Parks and Rec District is hosting an Arbor Day coloring contesthttps://www.ahpd.org/do-it-yourself-fun-fitness/#arbordayartists     There are three age categories prek-1, 2-3, and 4-5th graders. One winner per age category will receive a $25 gift card.

Entries need to be received by April 24th.

Our Ecology Club theme for this school year is “What a Water-ful World”, focusing on water quality and sustainability topics.  The Alliance for the Great Lakes is a local nonprofit organization that focuses on protecting and improving our region’s freshwater resources.  They are offering a new series of online lessons about the Great Lakes for kids in grades K-8. The eight online sessions began April 6, with a new lesson premiering on their website and Facebook every Monday at 9:30 a.m. CT.  More details on this at the end of the email.

For some hands-on water-related experiments for 3rd to 7th graders, try EarthEcho International’s YouTube channelhttps://www.youtube.com/EarthEcho  They have “Snack-sized Science” projects every few days for the month of April.  EarthEcho International is a non profit whose mission is to inspire young people worldwide to act now for a sustainable future. 

Spring Bingo from the Chicago Botanic Garden, may be fun to do with younger siblings when you’re out for a walk: https://www.chicagobotanic.org/forfamilies/bingo

Similarly, Eco Promotions (a local business) has a web page with some fun Earth month activities, including a scavenger hunt (also attached to this email):  https://www.ecopromotionsonline.com/blog/04072020-1336/earth-day-2020-going-digital

Turning Green Classroom offers thirty days of eco learning for students and families with simple, fun, impactful daily activities.: https://www.turninggreenclassroom.org/

Get out for a walk! Here’s an inspiring article about picking up litter safely: https://www.npr.org/local/309/2020/04/03/823730109/outdoor-activity-of-the-day-pick-up-trash

If the weather isn’t cooperating for time outside, and you happen to have Disney+, there is currently an “Earth Month” collection of movies and videos, both from National Geographic and DisneyNature. 

In our March Ecology Club meeting, we talked through an exercise about freshwater resources on the planet.  It was from the new book “Rachel Carson and Ecology for Kids: Her Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and Experiments“:https://www.amazon.com/Rachel-Carson-Ecology-Kids-Experiments/dp/0897339339    It’s a great resource to complement science e-learning.