Archive for the 'Our Planet' Category

spring planting day moved

Yazan: Staff | 14 January 2011 | No Comments
Categories: Coming Events, Our Planet, STEPS

Spring Planting Day has moved to Fall.  Due to the cold and rainy weather we could not properly prepare the grounds for planting.  Please check back later for an announcement of the new date this Fall.

A new link for Michigan critters

Yazan: Staff | 14 January 2011 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet

Do you know what an amphibian is?  How about an annetid?  Just go to our home page, find the links section, find the “new link for Michigan critters” in the list of links, click on it, and you will be in the outdoor world of things around you that you do and don’t see: mammals, [...]

WE HAVE WOOD CHIPS!!

Yazan: Staff | 11 September 2010 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet

The kids are not afraid of a little rain. Volunteer mom, Wendy covers the wood chips until our next work day. Thanks to all for a good work day!             

NATURE PATH UPDATE

Yazan: Staff | 04 September 2010 | 1 Comment
Categories: Our Planet

The kids have made awesome progress this summer on our nature path and are really enjoying their work on clearing and weeding the path.  The kids continuous energy and drive produced an opening around Montrio pond so that all can enjoy walking the nature path. Kudos to all of the kids and adult volunteers who [...]

Cell Phone Earnings

Yazan: Staff | 14 August 2010 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

STEPS has earned $480 by recycling cell phones with GRC Wireless Recycling. With these funds we were able to purchase native flowers for inside and outside of the pond. The City Drain Authority told us to plant native plants on the banks of Montrio pond to purify the run-off from our parking lots and roofs [...]

Wildlife Sightings At Montrio Pond!

Yazan: Staff | 14 August 2010 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

Here is evidence that our pond restoration is working. From early spring swans, ducks, a heron, and geese rested or nested in Montrio pond. Two couple of swans stayed for a week, a heron fished, ducks raised a family of six, and these were only the big birds we saw.  More and more of the [...]

Kids Summer 2010 Restoration Work

Yazan: Staff | 14 August 2010 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

In July and August Pinelake kids worked with Deborah Van Horn in the restoration area for a lot of fun, sun, fresh air, and a little bit of money. Kudos to Davon, James and his brother, JT and his sister, Will, Tiffany, DJ, Davian and to the junior supervisors Asia and Ayona for planting, weeding, [...]

STEPS Fall fun

Yazan: Staff | 14 August 2010 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

We have a name sign to put on the fence of Montrio Pond.   We also have earned a National Wildlife Federation sign showing that Montrio Pond is a certified wildlife habitat!  Come play with us as we put these signs on the fence, and as we place our new picnic table near the restoration area’s [...]

Discovering Montrio Pond’s native plants and fish

Yazan: Staff | 22 July 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

Todd Crail, naturalist from the University of Toledo, came back to help us explore plants and fish inside the Pond fence.  We did that on July 18.  He is very impressed with the number and variety of native plants that we have.  He says this is probably because the banks have never been disturbed by [...]

Come help us plant!

Yazan: Staff | 05 May 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

Saturday May 16 we will be planting native plants to filter storm water before it runs into Montrio Pond.  This will improve the quality of the water and the health of the wildlife.  This will be fun!  We’ll be outdoors with other kids and parents. Kids who work earn $1-2/hr, high school kids earn $5/hr, [...]


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