Seaford Elementary School 4-H Junior Master Gardeners/Wildlife Gardeners

Seaford is proud to be the home of the Storybook Garden. We have a Wildlife Garden Club that is made up of students who help care for the garden including weeding and planting. In our garden, students are able to observe the life cycle of butterflies.

Seaford hosts an annual Earth Day celebration where Seaford families come to help beautify the school grounds by mulching and planting flowers. Last year, students grew the flowers that were planted in the flower beds from seedlings.

Seaford students will also put out our 2nd annual Colonial Garden of corn, squash, and beans this Spring. Students and families reap the "fruits" of the fifth graders' labor.

Seaford recently worked in conjunction with representatives from two other YCSD elementary schools to submit a project for consideration to the Virginia Cooperative Extension for York County. This project, Estuaries to Oceans Field Trip, would consist of taking a field trip to the forested wetlands which are adjacent to Seaford Elementary School to participate in four learning stations. These stations include a guided forest walk, an examination of microinvertebrates lifted from a nearby stream, experiments with water currents including using equipment to test water quality, and the opportunity to build a Basic Observational Buoy (BOB) which will later provide water quality and weather data.

Additionally, Seaford students participate in a recycling program daily.

A brief overview their activities:

  • Planting Red Emperor Tulips for the Journey North Project
  • Installing 3 Bluebird Boxes at the school
  • Participating in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology study of Urban Birds
  • In conjunction with the PTA, we provided and decorated recycling containers for each classroom
  • Assisted with the SES Earth Day celebration, including sponsoring a catalog cancellation and collection activity
  • Guest speakers focusing on recycling, bluebirds, a Zoo in my bag (composters), reptiles and amphibians
  • Students learned about the food chain, wetlands and our water supply using the 4-H "Enviroscape"
  • And lots of time working in their garden!

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