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Calvin's Ecosystem Preserve's Education Programs

Actions & Activities

Trash: 
When you are out hiking, pick up trash along the way.
Hiking Tips
Leave No Trace, Outdoor Ethics - provides tips for campers, climbers, and hikers.
 
Restoration: 
Organize a community group to clean up a local stream, highway, park, or beach. For opportunities to do restoration work for a local organization, check out VolunteerMatch.
Tree-Planting: 
Form a tree-planting group with family and/or friends: commit to planting and maintaining an agreed-upon number of trees over your life times. Plan regular gatherings for tree-planting and watering. Log your commitments in the United Nations Billion Tree Campaign.
Parks: 
Visit and help support local parks. In the U.S., reserve a campsite at a National Park through the U.S. National Park Service Reservation Center or Reserve America (includes some state parks).
Frogs: 
In the USA, help to track frog and toad populations through Frogwatch USA.
Birds: 
In North America, help to track bird populations through Citizen Science.
Balloons: 
Never release balloons outdoors. They frequently find their way to open water (even from 100's of miles away) and can harm or kill turtles, whales, and other marine mammals.
Stargazing: 
Stargazing schedule - provides current information about stargazing events.
Educational Sites:
Books: 
Books on nature education.
 

Related Resources

Ask Earthman
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Center For A New American Dream
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Cutting Paper 
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EPA Office of Sustainable Ecosystems and Communities 
The EPA's program to protect the environment through ecological integrity, economic sustainability and quality of life. 
Escape From Affluenza 
This accompanying site to PBS's "Escape From Affluenza" program provides practical solutions for overcoming the epidemic of stress, waste, overconsumption and environmental decay. 
 
Global Stewards
This excellent and easy to use site allows visitors to take personal action on environmental issues. It provides links that explain the issues and lists of tips on everything from conserving energy to reducing junk mail. 
Green Map System 
A collection of online maps highlighting sites of natural and cultural significance in cities around the world.
 
GreenerChoices.org 
Consumers Union's online shopping guide is packed with tips, recommendations and rating charts to help you make environmentally friendly purchases.
Living on Earth 
This companion site to NPR's weekly environmental news program offers transcripts of current and past shows. Use the clickable map to find out when the show airs in your area, or listen to it online in RealAudio format. 
Michigan's Environmental Justice Working Group
 
Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment (DNRE)
The new state agency which combines the former Department of Natural Resources (DNR) with the former Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
 
 
The National Environmental Directory
A searchable directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the United States concerned with environmental issues and environmental education. 
The Natural Step
A nonprofit environmental education organization working to build an ecologically and economically sustainable society through a scientific framework which encourages businesses, communities, governments and individuals to redesign their activities to reduce the use of natural resources. 
 
The Pacific Institute
An independent, non-profit center doing research and policy analysis in the areas of environment, sustainable development, and international security. 
The Sustainable Development Timeline 
From the 1962 publication of "Silent Spring" to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, the Sustainable Development Timeline charts events marking the shifting relationship between environment and development. 
The Twin Cities Green Guide 
While this website is primarily aimed at environmentalists in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota, its numerous green living tips are useful anywhere.
WaterWiser 
Easy to use site with lots of information on water efficiency and conservation brought to you by American Water Works Association, the U.S. EPA, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 
WoodWise
Co-op America's guide to saving forests through practical action.