Cardboard egg cartons worked very well as pea seed starters, when placed into a saucer like container with about 1/8 inch of water. (More water = too soggy, no water= not soft enough to decompose when transplanted placed into soil, so those received pencil poked holes. My best guess is we have planted over 300 pea seeds.
Calendar of Events/Deadlines
Free Calendars! In honor of the International Year of Soils, schools can order free 2016 calendars/soil planners which highlight the importance of soil and the role it plays in our every day lives. Learn about soils around the world and celebrate Healthy Soils for Healthy Lives! Order one for every family at your school if you like! free calendars
Grant Opportunity. Click here to view information.
Ozone Season. Begins April 1st and DHEC will provide daily ozone forcast. For more information please read this article.
Friday, April 1st. Call your mentor(s) to set up your spring Green Steps Team meeting before May 1st if you are hoping to receive Green Step awards this June.
Shoe Recycling Drive. Did you know that in the US alone, approximately 630million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year? Now through May 13th, Keep the Midlands Beautiful is conducting a shoe collection drive. You can participate by donating your gently worn, used shoes and/or collecting shoes at your business or school. Contact KMB at 803.733.1139 or email them.
April 6th – May 6th. Webinar to explain the application process for Farm to School Grants. Please click here for more information.
SC Farm to School Program RFP. Application deadline for this is May 6, 2016 at 5:00pm, please click here for application. On April 6, SC Farm to Institution will post a Technical Assistance Webinar online that will provide a review of the application process. Note: schools that have not received any funding from the SC Farm to Institution program in the past 3 school years are eligible to apply if they meet the following requirements:
participate in the National School Lunch/Breakfast program
have an ADM (Average Daily Membership) that is 50% or more eligible for free and/or reduced-price lunch.
Combined Flying Wild (FW) and Project Learning Tree (PLT). This will be held at Riverbanks Zoo on Saturday, May 7th. This will be an all-day workshop, from 9am through 3:30pm, and was developed for middle and high school teachers. The cost will be $40 for this 6-hour workshop. Re-certification credit is available for both the SC State Department of Education as well as for those seeking DSS certified child care training. Please return the registration form as soon as possible. Only 15 spots available.
Wildlife in the Classroom Workshop. This will take place at Catawba Trail Elementary School on May 10th. The event will be from 4:00-5:30. Please RSVP to Jane Hiller. This is a free event to EEASC members and $5 for non-members (pay at the door by cash or check). Please see flyer for more information.
Columbia Mini Maker Faire. The Fourth Annual Columbia Mini Maker Faire, an all-ages festival of DIY tech enthusiasts, crafters, tinkers, hobbyists, engineers and artist, will be held from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, May 21st at Edventure Children’s Museum. This fantastic show and (tell) will give local “makers” an opportunity to share their talents and inspire others to explore their inner inventor. If you would like more information or would like to participate in this event please click here.
Project Learning Tree (PLT). This workshop will take place June 7th at the Museum of York County. $30 includes lunch and 6 hours of certified renewal credits. To register call 803.684.3137.
Butterfly Adventure at Roper Mountain Science Center. This will take place from June 11-July 9th from 9:00am to 2:00pm Monday through Saturday. For more information see flyer.
SC Sustainable Forestry Teachers’ Tour. Join us for an informative and fascinating look at SC Forestry. You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn. June 14-16 at Harbison State Foest Environmental Education Center in Columbia and June 20-23 in Newberry, SC. Contact Guy Sabin at 803-798-4170 or email
Take Action Today Workshop. June 23rd in Columbia. Register today!
June 23, 2016. ACE Basin (Charleston/Edisto County Area): Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) takes focus in climate exploration to bring local and national data into your classroom. Click here to apply. Please direct additional questions to email@example.com
American Horticultural Society’s National Children & Youth Garden Symposium. To be held in Columbia July 14-16. Proposals for this project are due December 2, 2015. Please click here for more information. Also if you are interested in this project and would like to work with someone please let Jane Hiller know and she can help find someone to help.
July 25-29. In Georgetown, SC: TOTE Salt Marsh Steam Workshop Utilizes an all-encompassing approach to capture the science of the salt marsh through art and literature. Please see flyer for more details.
NEWS YOU CAN USE!
WasteLab is Coming! Launching in the Fall of 2015. Developed by Greater Greenville Sanitation. WasteLab will be a repurposed, 32-foot long trailer designed to educate students (K-8), and the public, about environmental impacts of solid waste, and the importance of landfill and natural resource conservation. For more information, and/or to find out how your organization can be a part of WasteLab contact us via email or 864-371-6151.
CHECK OUT ‘MY GREEN APPS’ – your destination for over 100 apps to help you understand and protect the environment. Click here to visit the US EPA My Green Apps site!
What is Green Steps?
Green Steps Schools is an environmental education and action initiative that recognizes schools in South Carolina who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming more environmentally responsible.
Click here to learn how your school can become a Green Steps School!