Environmental Block is primarily a hands-on course, allowing students to choose projects for themselves that fit their specific skills and interests. Throughout the courses, students are expected to complete at least five environmental projects, either individually or in small groups. In addition, the entire class does several projects together.
Entire Class Projects
- Weekly recycling & waste diversion jobs | Each week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, the E-Block class runs the school's recycling and compost program.
- Vermicomposting | The eBlock class also has a vermicomposting project: composting with worms. The compost group collects organics from over 10 rooms in the school is in charge of maintaining their indoor and outdoor compost bin and feeding their worms.
- Outdoor environmental work | The eBlock class is often outside, completing restoration projects on our property and in the various parks and natural areas near the school. Outdoor environmental projects have included tree planting around the school, planting flowers for a butterfly garden, path restoration, community garden, and cleaning up garbage around the school and creek.
- Species identification | A large part of environmentalism involves learning about nature. Stuents learn to identify native trees, wildflowers and birds. During the spring, eBlock contributed to the Great Backyard Bird Count, and several students also send weekly data to Project FeederWatch.
Projects Ideas for Current E-Block students
This partial list highlights projects that eBlock students have completed in the past.
- Pond or creek clean-up
- Share projects & environmental awareness at a school assembly
- Tree planting & Tree Care
- Write an article on our class environmental projects & get it published
- Apply for Environmental Grants. Past students have received Grants from TD Friends of the Environment, Green Apple Metro, WWF CommUnity & Whole Foods
- Set up a recycling system at your local Church or Community Group
- Volunteer with a local environmental group or humane society
- Volunteer with organizations like Earthrangers
- Take photos of nature; submit them to photo contests or share with our class
- Grade school visit
- At-School projects include gardening, tree care, path restoration, erosion control & other landscaping projects
- Projects at your home include: any landscaping/gardening project, energy audit of your electronics, environmental cleaning
- Set up a waste reduction system at home (recycling, compost & haz-mat bins)
- Video on an environmental issue
- Go vegetarian for two weeks
- Creating Nature Collections
- Environmental Cooking...from Salsa to Soup to Apple Pies
- Attending Environmental Events: Green Living Show, Canada Blooms, CN Tower WWF Climb, Royal Winter Fair, Door Open, etc.
- Attending a Conservation Centre like Kortright (Vaughan) or Evergreen Brick Works (Scarborough)
- Going to the Zoo or Aquarium
- Making Bird Houses and Bird Feeders
- Planning class trips or Small-Group camping trips
- Planning Earth Day & Earth-Hour activities
- Citizen Science projects with naturewatch.ca or ebird.org
- City of Vaughan clean-up days; students partner with "pitch-in-week", "20 minute make-over" and "Great Canadian Shoreline Clean-up" groups