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Feb. 21, 2018 (Deadline Feb. 16) Bham: Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair

The Jefferson County Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair
Feb. 21, 2018
(Deadline to sign up is Feb. 16 at 3:00 p.m.)
Boutwell Auditorium/Linn Park
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

They have asked for 5th - 7th graders.  We can fudge on this a LITTLE bit but don't get too carried away.  This is limited to a group of 25. Please do not sign up and then not attend. If you do not attend, you are taking someone else's spot who could have attended. 

RSVP to Deb Spradlin at everestacademy1@gmail.com by 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 16, 2018.  When you email, please include your contact info (email and cell) and number of children attending.  Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  

How it is Structured:
The students visit 5 stations inside the Boutwell Auditorium and 5 outside in Linn Park during the course of the day. They eat a picnic lunch (bring your own) between the inside and outside sessions and remain together as a group throughout the event.


The Jefferson County Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair 
Hosted at the Boutwell Auditorium and Linn Park since 1992, the fair brings 24 classes of students from  round the county to learn the components of their unique urban environment. This is often the first exposure children receive about ecosystems and forests in their immediate vicinity. We focus on the fact that students can affect and enjoy both an urban environment and a “wild” one. Hands-on activities provided include, but are not  limited to: The Benefits of Trees, Skins and Skulls, Tree Cookies, Water Jeopardy, Portable Sawmill, Alabama Animals, Vermiculture, Wildlife Relay, Build a Tree, Wood or Not?, Orienteering, Soil Babies, Tree ID, Forest Products, and Tree Planting Demonstration. There is also a public tree seedling give-away in the center of Linn Park.
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2017 URBAN FORESTRY & CONSERVATION FAIR
Frequently, conservation education presents examples of the natural world that looks nothing like urban children’s everyday surroundings. With the Urban Forestry and Conservation Fair, it is the opposite.  The Fair brings examples of forestry and conservation to the students using their own surroundings.  The activity stations inside Boutwell Auditorium and outside in Linn Park teach the children about an aspect of their world which many have never even considered before.  We currently invite fifth grade students to this event.
ACTIVITIES
Skins and Skulls – investigation of urban mammals and their various adaptations for survival
Tree Cookies - discussion of what can be discovered about a tree by looking at its rings (growth rate, weather, natural disasters, age, etc)
Tree ID – how to identify different local trees from their bark, twigs, and leaves
Owl Pellets – investigation of the diet of owls through dissection of their regurgitation pellets
Soil Babies – discussion of the needs of plants and the importance of soil to plant growth (students make their own “chia pet” to grow at home or in their classroom)
Home Grown Oaks – students learn the history of the trees in the local parks and receive a seedling to take home
Vermiculture – students see and feel worms being grown by a local high school for use in gardens and composting; learn benefits of worms
Water Jeopardy – a question and answer game that investigates water facts with an emphasis on conservation and urban pollution avoidance
Spotting Migratory Birds – students learn about bird migration patterns and how to find them using binoculars
Life Cycle of the Tree – interpretive dance activity leading students through the different stages of development of a tree from seed to forest giant to compost
Wonders of Wood – students discover a wide array of products that come from trees by sorting a box full of items into “wood” or “non-wood” categories
Sawmill – local sawmill owner brings his portable sawmill to the park and saws trees into lumber as the students watch. Discuss the many household products that are made from lumber/wood
Know Where it Goes – introduces students to the different pollutants that enter our waterways and encourages them to come up with better alternatives
Build-A-Tree – students learn the types and purposes of the various cells that comprise a tree trunk and then make a human model of the trunk with appropriate noises to identify the purpose of each cell type (i.e – a slurping sound for xylem cells, barking sound for outer bark)
Deadly Links – students emulate a food chain and learn about how pesticides can accumulate in the chain through the natural cycle of the organisms in the chain
Birds and Worms – students learn about the importance of camouflage for prey animals by acting as birds searching for multi-colored pasta “worms”. Graphs and charts are constructed to show the numbers of worms found by color.
Oh Deer! – In this activity, students learn about carrying capacity and animals’ need for food, shelter, and water through a game of tag where NOT getting what you need results in you becoming a part of the environment (the animal population decreases while the resources available increase).
Please review the Everest Academy Participation Policy before attending any of our events.