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Keep Cobb Beautiful [VIRTUAL PROGRAM]
Monday, October 26 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
One event on Monday, September 28, 2020 at 4:00 pm
One event on Monday, October 12, 2020 at 4:00 pm
One event on Monday, October 26, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Keep Cobb Beautiful specializes in developing fun and engaging lessons and activities for all ages on environmental topics.
This is a four-lesson series for teens with a fall theme. These lessons focus on trees and forests, and their wider effect on ecosystems and people. Each lesson reveals the complex interconnections of energy systems, and the final session allows teens to debate and problem-solve while getting a glimpse at the complexities of managing public forests. The fall teen series will run biweekly starting Monday, September 14 and ending Monday, October 26. It will consist of the following classes:
• Trees in the Fall (9/14) – What happens to trees in the colder months, and what effect does this have on the ecosystem? Students will learn about dormancy, the difference between deciduous and evergreen trees, and carbon sequestration. We will also reveal the reason fall leaves have different colors, and what it can tell you about the trees themselves. At the end, we will make leaf print art with fresh leaves, acrylic paint, and cloth or paper as a canvas.
• What’s In Those Leaves? (9/28) – Massive leaf drops like what we experience in temperate regions make a big impact on the life of the forest. During this class, we will take a closer look at the nutrients leaves provide when they fall, the layers and stages of decomposition, and the critters that thrive in them. We will also examine forest floor of tropical evergreen forests, which do not have large annual leaf drops, and the difference it makes to the soil, as well as the plants and animals that live there. Our project will be pressing leaves, and discussing how to create a leaf notebook and ways to use pressed leaves in crafts.
• Ecosystems in Autumn (10/12) – What happens to plants, cold-blooded animals, and arthropods such as insects when it gets cold? Why do they disappear? Where do they go? How does their absence impact the ecosystem? The craft will be creating a leaf print dish from bake-able or air dry clay, a fresh leaf at least the size of the palm of your hand, and a knife.
• 500 Acre Wood Challenge (10/26) – 500 acres of previously private forest is being given to a town for whatever public purpose they see fit. The “stakeholders” (residents and future users of the space) cannot seem to agree on how best to use the land. From the perspective of different assigned stakeholder groups, students will present their group’s ideal use of the land. Will they be able to reach a satisfactory compromise? Students will learn about forest management on public land, and how big decisions involve the input of many people, often with vastly different opinions and priorities. By taking a leading role in the activity, they will use critical thinking, debate, and problem solving skills to reach an agreement. We will check on our pressed leaves and use them in a collage or leaf notebook.