Archive for the 'STEPS' Category

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, [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Save our pond work and fun day

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

Meet us at the Clubhouse to beautify our pond, Sunday Apr 27th at 2 PM, at 2680 Adrienne, Ann Arbor. We’ll pick up trash and start planting native plants at the two worst-eroding ends. Kids earn $1-$2/hr. Parents and grownups volunteer and supervise. There will more fun and work days like this in the future, [...]

About STEPS for Kids

Yazan: admin | 17 February 2008 | 2 Comments
Categories: STEPS

The Mission of STEPS is to provide healthy, educational and recreational programs for children and families in the Washtenaw County community. Supporting Self-esteem Teaching Skills and Values Empowering, Encouraging Expression Promoting the Positive Striving for Success


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