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Service Learning at Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve October 26

A close-up of our culprit

On October 26, the CEES service learning team re-visited Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve. It was a cold and cloudy day but still many gathered to clear the invasive bush honeysuckle from the area fronting the main drive into the park. The north side of the lane was wooded while the south side lead to a wide open grassland.

Partners in Environment (PIE) Day October 25, 2013 at Cold Spring School

Cold Spring is an Environmental Magnet School within IPS. Every year, students complete projects and attend special workshops completely focused on the environment. This year, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science (CEES) was pleased to be able to take part in this year’s festivities.

Service Learning at Fort Harrison State Park October 11, 2013

Circled Area is Delaware Picnic Area

On Friday, Oct. 11 the service learning team arrived once again at Fort Harrison State Park. In the previous blog, we talked about the methods employed to remove bush honeysuckle from the Delaware Picnic Area. The map at the top of the screen shows the area that has been the subject of what are now four service learning projects at Fort Harrison State Park.

Service Learning at Ritchey Woods Natural Area September 27

Researchers, interns and students gathered Friday September 27, to participate in service learning projects at Ritchey Woods Natural Area. Ritchey Woods is 130 acres of natural area near 96th Street. It is a current restoration project monitored by CEES. Projects lasted half a day with as many as 30 participants per project.

Watershed Model at the Regatta

IUPUI was home once again to the annual Regatta race on the Canal in downtown Indianapolis. As a part of the School of Science, the Center for Earth and Environmental Science was invited to be a part of the celebration and bring a demonstration for the attendees to enjoy. We naturally chose the most entertaining and interactive program in our arsenal: the watershed model.

Fall 2013 Service Learning at Fort Harrison Sept 6

Before Removal

The goal of this project was to remove invasive Japanese bush honeysuckle. The plant was first brought to America to help control erosion but soon became part of the problem. The plant is allelopathic which hinders growth from other plants within the bush’s understory.

Discovering the Science of the Environment at Felege Hiywot

Percoltion tests determine infiltration rates

Every summer, many children are looking for ways to fill their time.  At Felege Hiywot Center, the children are offered a unique opportunity to spend that time learning about science, gardening and community.  Felege Hiywot is an Ethiopian cultural center in the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood that offers after school programs as well as a week long summer camp teaching STEM in the garden.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Greens with shed in background

The Englewood garden is growing magnificently! If you haven't already, head over to Rural and Washington to see for yourself.

Community members gather on Monday evenings to tend the veggies and enjoy each other's company.  Often there are music, crafts, and early harvests being enjoyed.

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