By Sharon Aron Baron
The Westchester Elementary Green Team has been busy growing plants for the raised bed and hydroponic gardens at the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital in Coral Springs.
Used to supplement the diets of over 900 native wild animals that are treated annually at SNC’s wildlife hospital, the gardens also offer volunteer opportunities for youth and adults at the center.
The Sawgrass Nature Center recently donated three rain barrels to Westchester Elementary to add to their environmentally sustainable school garden program.
Led by Science Specials Teacher, Aly Betances, the Westchester Elementary Green team consists of a small group of dedicated students who work with the hydroponic gardens, several butterfly gardens, and create projects that support the community all within Westchester Campus.
Science has shown that gardening reduces stress, calms nerves, and can increase a sense of wellbeing. Giving back to the community supports self-esteem and community pride.
In addition to growing plants for SNC’s gardens, Westchester Elementary Green Team has created environmentally-themed recycled bookmarks from old National Geographic magazines to be sold to raise funds for the Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital and are available for purchase at the center.
SNC is open to the public Tuesday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please see their website, sawgrassnaturecenter.org
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