Stroud Elementary Trail/Creek Restoration

Summary:

Several project opportunities possible including habitat restoration, design and construction of outdoor classrooms, development of education materials, stormwater management, and marketing. 

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Details:

Stroud Elementary Trail/Creek Restoration (please document the number of students, the number of hours and the types of activities your students were engaged in on these projects so we can provide match information to our donors) 

We’ve received Five Star funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore an abandoned walking trail, creek and urban forest on the grounds of Stroud Elementary School!  Funding will be used to remove invasive species and replant native vegetation, build three outdoor classrooms (focusing on the natural resources on the site and strategies for their protection) for use by the children at Stroud and the broader community and manage stormwater at the site.  We could use help Fall Semester in the following areas and will be providing a list of additional opportunities for Spring classes later this semester: 

  1. We’ve already compiled a list of the wildlife species (birds, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, etc.) that are likely to be found on the site and we can share this with your students.  We need to inventory wildlife species currently on the site and develop curriculum on the value of these critters, what their habitat needs are, and how humans can manage their activities to protect these animals.  What clues might we find at the site of an animal’s presence even if we don’t see the animal itself?  Develop a checklist or other means that the Stroud Elementary students can use to survey wildlife at the site on a monthly or quarterly basis so we can determine whether our restoration activities are having an impact.   This might be a project for several different classes—one could focus on birds, another on herps, etc.  Contact: Five Star coordinator Liz French at lfrench@uga.edu. 

  2. The tributary that runs through the Stroud property to Trail Creek is currently unnamed.  We’d like to change that!  Look at the U.S. Geological Survey’s guidance on how to go about naming a stream—clue: local usage is most important.  Develop a framework or process for Watershed UGA to host a naming competition that would involve the students at Stroud and the broader Trail Creek community.  Contact: Watershed UGA Community Outreach Liaison Scott Pippin at jspippin@uga.edu and Five Star coordinator Liz French at lfrench@uga.edu. 
  3. Brian Bledsoe’s engineering classes are looking into stormwater management at the site and he is interested in collaborating with some other classes in this regard.  Contact: bbledsoe@uga.edu

  4. We’re looking for case studies on outstanding educational nature trails and outdoor classrooms that we can hold up as examples as we get deep into designing the outdoor classrooms next semester.  Where are those great examples?  What features did they incorporate?  What were the learning objectives for both children and other community members?  How did they involve the community in the development of the design and implementation for the trails and outdoor classrooms?  Contact: Five Star coordinator Liz French at lfrench@uga.edu 

Resource list

Name Organization Contact/URL Tags
Tyra Byers Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management Division tyrab@uga.edu
Water
Shana Jones Carl Vinson Institute of Government shanaj@uga.edu
Water
water conservation
Office of Sustainability Interns Office of Sustainability sustainability.uga.edu/interns
Transportation
Water
Waste
zero waste
Energy
Food
Residence Halls
art
Human Dimensions
Public Health
Georgia River Network garivers.org
Water
Upper Oconee Watershed Network info@uown.org
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Oconee River Land Trust oconeeriverlandtrust.org
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Watershed UGA watershed@uga.edu
Water
water conservation
stormwater
Kevin Kirsche Office of Sustainability, Facilities Management Division kkirsche@uga.edu
Built Environment
Community
grounds
Students for Environmental Action ugasea15@gmail.com
Community
The Campus Kitchen at UGA ckuga@uga.edu
Food
food security
food waste
Community
Volunteer UGA vugaexec@gmail.com
Community
The Lunchbox Garden Project lunchboxgarden@gmail.com
Food
Community
Athens Farmers Market marketmanager@athensfarmersmarket.net
Food
food security
food waste
Public Health
Community
Whatever it Takes at UGA witatuga@gmail.com
Community
Georgia Climate Change Coalition http://www.georgiaclimatecoalition.org/
greenhouse gases
Community
Federation of Neighborhoods contact@accneighborhoods.org
Community
Athens Land Trust admin@athenslandtrust.org
Built Environment
Community
grounds
urban ecology
Andrew Saunders Athens Clarke County Government andrew.saunders@athensclarkecounty.com
Community