Monday, March 16, 2009

Going Green for St. Patrick's Day at Beczak

On Saturday, we went to the Going Green family program at Beczak Environmental Education Center in Yonkers, NY.

The kids learned about the Hudson River, and how pollution has effected it. They received a sample of faux polluted river water, which contained food coloring (chemical pollutant), dirt (sediment) and vegetable oil (oil), and were given some recycled materials collected by the Beczak staff, including funnels made from plastic bottles, beach combed mesh, and some (new) cotton balls. The kids were asked to use the materials provided to try to remove the pollutants from the water.

Afterwards, they went beach combing for materials they could recycle in art work at home. Mikro filled a bag with rocks, beach glass, brick bits, and plant matter.

This blue crab seemed to be participating in the wearing of the green:

Back inside, we were treated to an Irish Step Dancing performance. The kids were wonderful!

We met another homeschooling family, and Mikro the flirt gave a little girl her first ever kiss. So much for the silly unsocialized homeschooler stereotype...

1 comment:

Lorna said...

I love your blog. You have the most inspiring field trips. What a wonderful education :-)