We had another full house on Saturday March 10th for our community education program called Caring for Birds. Speakers Paige Witek from the Missouri River Bird Observatory and Kimberly Hess from Lakeside Nature Center told us about their work and how to help birds. (Don’t use lawn chemicals, plant natives, use window decals on large expanses of glass, provide food and a water source in the winter, and drink coffee certified as bird friendly.)
Then Kimberly introduced us to three bird ambassadors from the center – a screech owl, peregrine falcon (in the photo) and a vulture. It was an amazing and inspiring event – we’re lucky to have these wonderful organizations working in our region!
We’re so excited to be highlighted in the Christian Science Monitor in an article featuring one of our former students, Lyndon, and Jerry our Director of Community Outreach.
Green Works is hosting a free community education program on Saturday, January 20th from 4 – 5:30pm at our classroom space. Learn how you can make a difference for local wildlife by installing bird feeders in the winter, and planting native plants including butterfly host plants in your garden. Sign up soon.
Thanks to everyone who donated to Green Works at the end of the year and helped us surpass our year-end matching goal. A handful of funders agreed to match year-end contributions to Green Works in honor of our 10 year anniversary. Thanks to our supporters we were able to take full advantage of the matching opportunity! We’re looking forward to the New Year and the start of several new elective programs at our classroom space.
Green Works recently received funding from the Clif Bar Family Foundation to support our ECOS program. This is a great fit for a number of reasons including the fact that Clif Bars are our students’ favorite classroom snack!
We’ve also received funding from the H&R Block Foundation to support our financial literacy program, and our new digital literacy program and the Green Works Lab. These programs will take place over the winter and the upcoming summer break.
We are honored to have the support of the H&R Block Foundation and the Clif Bar Family Foundation!
Thanks to our friends at Bank of America, more young people in Kansas City will be connected to high-quality environmental education and employment opportunities. We’re excited to have Bank of America as a new partner in our efforts to prepare Kansas City’s future workforce!
We are seeking dynamic, high energy instructor(s) with a passion for urban education and the environment to teach from one to three of the ECOS classes each week during the school year. Classes are held during the school year from approx. 2:30 – 5pm. See job posting for more information: PROGRAM INSTRUCTOR ECOS 2017 – 2018
Not a bad way to end the school year planting trees to provide shade, habitat for birds, cleaner air and some carbon sequestration too. Thanks to Heartland Tree Alliance for working with our students.
Thanks to our friends at the Missouri Department of Conservation and KCMO Parks and Rec., our first year students recently spent a day at Swope Park trying their hand at outdoor skills. They were all smiles on the bus ride back!
On Saturday we hosted a Green Living class for 10 of our supporters. We had a lot of fun learning about the chemicals in conventional products, and how easy it is to make healthier alternatives. We whipped up batches of lotion, deodorant, hair spray and room freshener and at the same time raised funds to help pay for summer internships for Tenesha and Gabby.
Stay tuned for more classes!