Claremont Field Centre EcoSchools Stories 2009 - 2010
‘FOR GOOD' Measure
As part of a visit to Claremont Field Centre, students are now measuring their water and energy consumption in the dorm area. Our hope for this project is to create an awareness of water and energy use, and ultimately, to promote a change in their daily life habits. Incentive for this project took the form of a competition. Congratulations to Stephen G. Saywell P.S. (Durham District Board of Education), the school that used the least amount of water per student during their visit to Claremont.
A Shady Situation
Several ash trees in the student free-time playing field at Claremont have recently died due to disease. As part of our School Ground Greening Project, grade 6 students from Williamsburg and Bolton C. Falby Public Schools replaced these dying trees with 3 large native, drought-resistant white spruce trees. These new trees will provide shade, biodiversity, a wind break, wildlife food and habitat. A park bench will complete the project.
This spring, students visiting Claremont Field Centre have been involved in a project to establish a population of Butternut Hickory trees on our property. Butternut (Juglans cinerea) grows in rich, loamy soil in mixed hardwood forests in eastern Canada. This species provides food for wildlife and contributes to forest diversity. Unfortunately, due to a fungus known as Sirococcus clavigignenti-juglandacearum, as many as 80% of the butternut trees in eastern North America have disappeared since the mid-1960s. This on-going project will hopefully help student understand that plants, as well as animals, may become endangered and must be protected. By taking part in this project, students will become environmental stewards, contributing to the care of natural ecosystems in their local community in Durham Region.