From MId-March through the end of April, participants in the Wildlife HERO after-school
conservation program at Delaware Elementary explored trees. Our activities took place outdoors and indoors. We explored what lives in and on trees, tree structure and biology, and the role trees play in the ecosystem.
During the six weeks they journaled, created crafts, and played games that simulated tree biology and survival. The participants were enthusiastic and engaged throughout the six weeks we met, and were sad when the last day ended.
Last year our very first HERO group studied birds, and as a final project we put on a school-wide "showcase". The Showcase featured several stations, each representing something the HEROs studied or created. During the showcase classes came through the All Purpose Room to witness the great work the HEROs accomplished. It was a great experience for both the HERO participants and the Delaware students and staff.
This year we put on a school-wide assembly. This assembly consisted of HERO
participants sharing what they learned with the entire school. HEROs used spoken word to share information about trees, and ended with a demonstration about the different parts of the tree, i.e. bark, cambium, roots, etc. The HEROs did a fantastic job! They were so focused and "on". I am so proud of them!
We hope to be able to bring HERO back to Delaware this next school year, and, perhaps, to expand to at least one other school. Stay tuned!