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Environmental Science

Prairie Teams

Research

This group’s main goal was to be an expert on all plants that were going into the prairie. They were responsible for detailing the prairie layout by choosing exactly which plants would be planted where. They created a color-coded, scaled grid so that each square on the grid paper coincided with a square foot in the prairie and each color represented a specific plant. They gathered information about each plant, and condensed it to make it fit for trail signs that would be dispersed throughout the prairie. They researched correct planting methods and what is needed for future maintenance.

Technology

This group was responsible for all things technological. Their two largest accomplishments as a team were building the Prairie Restoration webpage, including designing the logo, and creating the end of year video that recaptures their experience of building the prairie. They built the Prairie Restoration webpage as a way to grant public access to the step-by-step process of building a prairie. They were responsible for taking pictures of every group and downloading them onto the webpage. They collaborated with other groups to decide what links and materials should be included in the webpage to make it as accessible as possible for the public.

Labor

The labor group is responsible for staking out the area, measurements, spray-painting certain areas, and putting up signposts.  While other groups do the planning, this group does more hands-on work.

Presentation

The presentation group is responsible for presenting ideas to Hawthorn Hollow to persuade them to take on this endeavor.  They presented the ideas for the prairie and where those plans are going.

Business

This group’s main goal was to pursue connections between the prairie restoration service learning project and the community. This group was responsible for getting the word out about our Prairie project at Hawthorn Hollow.  This included writing and sending out letters asking for donations of plants and soil to local businesses.  The group also worked on getting articles published in the Carthaginian and Kenosha News. 

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