WHAT WE DO
Students follow the steps of restoration identified in the Society of Ecological Restoration workbook - "The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook" which outlines 10 basic steps to restoring the land from Mapping and Assessment to Implementation and Monitoring. Each restoration project follows the basic steps of the restoration process:
1) Assessment 2) Plan 3) Implementation 4) Re-Assessment 5) Completion 6) Monitoring and Maintenance 7) Reporting
Field Outings and Activities
Elementary, middle, and high school students participate in restoration efforts at local natural areas through regular “field outings”. Each field outing focuses on a particular ecological lesson and follows with a corresponding stream or wetland restoration activity. Students remove invasive species, plant native plants while learning how to identify them, then maintain, map, and monitor the area. Towards the end of the school year, students share a presentation of their year-long experience. Students often work with their teachers on preparing a report on data gathered from field activities or work on a creative video or art project.
On schoolyard projects, Dig In Community partners with Green Schoolhouse, a gardening education program. Greening schoolyard projects include gardening, creating hedgerows, native landscaping and developing raingardens.
In order to introduce related themes and broader concepts, environmental professionals, engineers, healthcare professionals, artists, and social scientists are invited to participate with students in field activities, and share a brief introduction to their profession.