Our Kickoff to National Wildlife Week

What better way to celebrate National Wildlife Week than a study on zebra mussel shells?

Over at the National Wildlife Federation, this year’s theme is “Wildlife and Water,” so we figured that this was the perfect time to start working on our Lake Erie Shoreline Project for 2014.

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Students in Ohio City measure zebra mussel shell compost in Cleveland.

On Wednesday, March 19, we kicked off our NAPECA grant project with an hour-long session at Near West Intergenerational School in Ohio City. Thirteen students in Mrs. Goodman’s homeroom will be playing scientist over the next several months, measuring and evaluating compost in preparation for spring planting.

About three weeks ago, I started cultivating my own seeds, using heirloom seed packets from the City of Cleveland’s Seed Library program. In an upcoming session with elementary school students, we will try our hand at growing some delicious fresh produce thanks to my friends over at NAPECA.

Today is the first day of spring. What a glorious way to start the season of green!