FPS Students Participate in Sustainability Camp
“This is more fun than Fun City!” exclaimed an excited fourth grade FPS student at the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market last Thursday as students visited vendor booths, talked to farmers, and selected produce to purchase.
The farmers market field trip was part of a weeklong “Sustainable Kids / Sustainable Future” camp hosted by the Fayetteville Boys and Girls Club during their ZING summer program. Fourteen students in first through fifth grade from across the Fayetteville School District participated in the camp, which provided hands-on experiential learning to promote environmental awareness and education in sustainable practices. Apple Seeds, Inc., garden educator Beth Ashbaugh and FPS Energy Corps Member, Dana Smith, organized the club.
For more information about the many Boys and Girls Club summer youth development programs, please visit: http://www.fayettevillekids.org/after_school/zing
Throughout the week, students in Sustainable Kids/Sustainable Future club heard from guest speakers, took field trips, and spent time at the Boys and Girls club learning about a different sustainability theme each day.
Activities included a visit from Bicycle Coalition of the Ozarks (http://www.bconwa.com/index.php) with a focus on sustainable transportation and bike safety; a field trip to the Washington County Environmental Affairs and Recycling Office (http://www.co.washington.ar.us/EnvironmentalAffairs/default.htm) that included making recycled paper; a field trip to the farmer’s market to purchase and sample fresh, locally grown produce; and a morning in the garden at Owl Creek School learning about growing vegetables and water pollution from Jane Maginot, Urban Stormwater Education Program Associate for the Washington County Cooperative Extension.
The week ended with a day focused on “sustainable energy” that included a solar water pump demonstration, discussion about residential energy usage, and the student favorites: making solar pizza box ovens and homemade ice cream using “human energy.”
The solar ovens are a fun and easy way to take advantage of the abundant summer sun and avoid turning on a hot oven inside. Click here for directions on how to make your own oven!
You can also find a recipe and directions for making ice cream in a bag here.
For more information about the Sustainability Camp, please contact Dana Smith, FPS Energy Corps member at email@example.com