Day 3: October 6th, 2012
Day 4: October 7th, 2012
For a project funded by a generous National Fish and Wildlife grant, we begin breaking ground on a series of stormwater projects at Daniels Run Elementary in Fairfax, Virginia.
Day 1: September 29th, 2012
Breaking ground on a vernal pool construction project!
Something tells me this isn’t the first time we’ve lost Kris down a hole…
Kris pulled out a few volunteers that eagerly inhabited the hole that was used to check the soil profile and test percolation. I guess they are impatiently awaiting their new home! We relocated a few pickerel frogs (Lithobates palustris) to a nearby constructed wetland that was part of an earlier schoolyard greening project.
Relocating natives — we work to find new homes for the goldenrod and chestnut oaks that were at the site of our vernal pool creation project.
All in a days work! Digging out a vernal pool by hand (aka people-power) requires a lot of physical labor.
Day 2: September 30th, 2012
[ Creating a Vernal Pool at Daniels Run ES (Part 2) ]
Three years ago, Lands and Waters partnered with Lanier Middle School to create a living classroom in their turf-dominated courtyard. The objective was to create a forested area to provide habitat for organisms that would use the vernal pool ecosystem, such as amphibians and invertebrates. We wanted to create examples of ecosystems — a bog, plantings representative of upland woodland forest, a riparian area, a meadow, a vernal pool, a pollinator garden and finally a vegetable garden was added last spring by the hardworking members of the Eco-club.
The courtyard is opened to all disciplines but the Eco-club is at the heart of the maintaining and enhancing courtyard. Lanier’s Eco-club meets twice a week this year — primary activities evolve around the courtyard and the school’s recycling program.
This year projects:
Eco-club students investigate the vernal pool habitat in their courtyard.
Water samples collected from the vernal pool to test for water quality parameters and macroinvertebrates.
Eco-club students use microscopes to look for macroinvertebrates and other microscopic life forms.
Teamwork! Students working together to load and haul fresh gravel for the dry-bed stream.
Students help to put in a low area that runs through the courtyard to conduct water to two internal drains.
Ms. Alam, science teacher and Eco-club leader, picks the last of the summer tomatoes before they are killed by frost.
September plantings of radish come to harvest.