THIS AMERICAN LAND is an original conservation newsmagazine series on PBS (public broadcast) stations nationwide. Opening windows to our country’s amazing natural heritage, they report on engaging stories about America’s landscapes, water, and wildlife – taking viewers to the front lines of conservation, science, and outdoor adventure with stories that inform and entertain.
The Captain Planet Foundation (CPF) is so thrilled to partner with THIS AMERICAN LAND to showcase stories of our grantees – teachers and students who care for the Earth by engaging in environmental stewardship projects. Each CPF grantee story is available as an online film clip and has a corresponding Teacher Guide. All corresponding Teacher Guides have lessons, standards correlations, and resources/protocols to make project replication easy at schools across the country.
Sierra Watershed Education Partnership collaborated with fourteen elementary, middle and high schools in California so their students could raise endangered Lahonton Cutthroat Trout in the classroom. After caring for the fish from egg to fry stage, students tested the quality of cold water streams in the nearby Tahoe river basin and released the adopted fish into their native habitat.
The Ecology Class at Albany Options School, an alternative high school in Oregon, solved the problem of a muddy depression and flooding on school grounds by building a bioswale. This increased the amount of storm water that soaks into the ground, filters pollutants from runoff, and provides habitat for wildlife.
At a high school in the San Juan Islands, WA, high school students were challenged with the issue of addressing motor oil on roadways that was coming from increased eco tourism. The motor oil was washing off roadways and into the bay and was affecting keystone species, such as herring, in the Puget Sound. In response, the students worked with the Kwiaht Center for the Historical Ecology of the Salish Sea to identify, collect and analyze the oil absorbency of various local mushroom species. Then they inoculated straw bales and wood chips with the most effective mushrooms to create a filtering barrier between the road and the ocean.
Students from Kanab High School, located near Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument (GSENM) in Utah, spent the Fall of 2012 collecting seeds from a native plant species and grew seedlings during the winter in their greenhouse. When Spring came, the students weeded out invasive plant species at GSENM and planted the drought-tolerant native plant seedlings they had grown to restore wildlife habitat. GPS/GIS devices allowed students to map the location of plants and monitor their survival.