Archive for the 'Our Planet' Category

Grants for Plants and Flowers

Yazan: Staff | 10 February 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

The Wildflower Association of Michigan is so happy with what we are doing at Montrio Pond that they have given us a $500 Hal and Jean Glassen award to buy more native flowers and bushes to plant next summer!  The national Wild Ones Association felt the same way, and has awarded STEPS a Seeds for [...]

See real live fish up close

Yazan: Staff | 10 February 2009 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

Learn about the fish in Montrio Pond.   What makes them healthy and bright colored?  What do they eat?  Are they safe to catch and eat?  Learn about other fish, too, that swim around here but may not be in the Pond. Todd Crail, a naturalist from Toledo, will bring fish, and talk about ours.  Next [...]

This Sunday–pond planting day

Yazan: staff99 | 07 September 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet

  Come help us plant water garden plants and butterfly garden plants an Sunday June first at 2:00 PM. We’ll also start clearing the brush at the other end of the pond. Our goal is to make a path that is easy to walk around. And of course, we always pick up trash. Everyone is [...]

Rhinos

Yazan: staff99 | 07 September 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet

The Serious Desert team visited north-west Namibia. There’s loads of wildlife in this area including gazelle, elephants, lions, leopards and black rhino of course. As well as spotting rhinos, the team saw zebra, giraffe and springbok. There are snakes and scorpions to watch out for too, as well as some pretty large desert beetles! The [...]

Hummingbirds: from egg to maturity in 3 weeks!

Yazan: staff99 | 09 May 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet

  Click on these links. Scroll down the page and then click next page. There are five pages in all. http://community.webtv.net/hotmail.com/verle33/HummingBirdNest http://community.webtv.net/Velpics/HUM

check out the creature close-up link

Yazan: staff99 | 08 May 2008 | No Comments
Categories: After School, Our Planet, STEPS

Go to links, then creature close-ups, then click on any of the animal pictures to find out what these animals are like: chimpanzees, bald eagles, sharks, and others.

I’m cold–what does global warming mean?

Yazan: staff99 | 06 May 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

  find out here– follow this link: http://www.nwf.org/globalwarming/globalwarming101.cfm

Penguins are birds that fly under water

Yazan: staff99 | 30 April 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

at this site: http://www.kidzone.ws/animals/penguins/facts.htm

Our first pond fun and work day Sunday Apr. 27

Yazan: staff99 | 30 April 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet

What a great success all you wonderful volunteers made our activity day! On Sunday April 27, at least 10 full-grownups came, and at least twice that many kids of all ages. We planted lots (50?) of water-loving trees and shrubs inside the safety fence. Several of you asked if we could do this again, and [...]

Name our pond contest

Yazan: staff99 | 15 April 2008 | No Comments
Categories: Our Planet, STEPS

We have a spring-fed pond that doesn’t have a name.  Think of a name that this pond would really be happy with…work days to make it more beautiful…fish and muscrats and other critters living there…native plants coming to make it feel really at home… Turn your suggested name in to Shirley Simms at the Pinelake [...]


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