Fourth graders at Warm Springs Intermediate School sprang into action to grow trees that will cover their campus to protect from winds and watershed pollution.
One hundred-forty one students engaged in classroom lessons to learn about the many benefits that trees provide for the landscape. This complimented the Potomac Valley Audubon Society’s watershed curriculum through which all fourth graders at Warm Springs Intermediate discover the importance of protecting watersheds to protect rivers and streams. Through the lessons, students began to understand how trees can filter stormwater pollution, provide shade or wind protection, and create wildlife habitat.
In April, the student volunteers each helped to pot saplings to grow on their campus for one year. Over the year, the students will help care for the saplings and as fifth graders, will plant the trees on the school’s campus. In total, 150 red maple, dogwood, and loblolly pine were potted to grow.
Thank you to all the student volunteers, lead teachers, and administrators who made this project possible as an effort to protect watersheds.