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Wednesday, April 22, 2009


In honor of Earth Day, Communities In Schools of Chicago reminds our school partners that plenty of green programs are available for students at no cost. Here are 3 ideas to consider:

Cook County Farm Bureau: CCFB offers 4th graders “Ag in the Classroom,” a one-hour session in which students learn about agriculture and agribusiness. To learn more contact Haley Loy at (708) 354-3276 to schedule.

Green City Market: Are you looking for an outdoor education program for students? Green City Market offers “Edible Gardens,” a field trip which provides hands-on experience in the following areas: soil preparation, planting, compost-making, harvesting, weeding, etc. To schedule a Wednesday or Thursday field trip contact Jeanne Pinsof Nolan at (847) 636-2720.

The University of Illinois Extension offers urban gardening and horticulture programs for students, parents, and school staff. Topic areas include: urban youth gardening, bare branch detectives and pine tree detectives, worm composting, live insect petting zoo, houseplants, carnivorous plants, community gardening and water quality. To schedule contact Matt Kostelnick at (847) 818-2901 x 202 to schedule.

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