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The following activities engage students in a number of ways that let them discover how environmentally aware landscaping can play a part in their world.

Activity 1: Save that Site
1. Ask students to research a historic or natural site, either in the community or beyond, which is endangered due to population pressures, pollution, development, etc.
2. Students should share the information they have found about the site, what threatens it, and why it is worthy of being preserved in the form of a skit/play or masque (outdoor play).

Activity 2: Green Scene
1. Based on what Jensen said about creating gardens appropriate to the state or region of the country, ask students to compile a list of native plants which could be used for landscaping in their community. If possible, the list might include photographs and information about whether the plant is annual or perennial, flowering, freeze and drought resistant, and what its mature size might be. Information may be collected with help from the county agricultural extension office, environmental affairs office, the local garden club, a nursery, or other botanical resources.
2. As a class, drawing on the list, design a park or garden for your school or community using native plants and materials.
3. Present the reasons why you think the project should be funded and implemented to the appropriate school, parks, town, or city officials.

 

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