Afterschool Outreach Enviroscape Project
Dr. Jean Gleichsner developed a service-learning project consisting of educational booths and other informative activities related to water quality at the Home and Garden Show at the Hays Mall, March 10-11, 2007. Staffing the booths were students from Dr. Gleichsner’s Soil Fertility and Fertilizers (AGRI 626) and Agronomic Crop Insects (AGRI 305) courses. The purpose of the booths was to increase awareness of water quality concerns among the Home and Garden Show attendees.
Students from Dr. Gleichsner’s courses answered questions about water quality and demonstrated the impact of pollution on watersheds through the use of Enviroscape. Enviroscape is an environmental model representing residential, recreational, agricultural, industrial and transportation areas, or all possible sources of water pollution. The Enviroscape is designed to teach water quality issues and best management practices, specifically the impact of point and nonpoint source pollution on a watershed.
Additional booths displayed posters explaining the difference between point and nonpoint source pollution, and provided a variety of educational brochures about best management practices, such as rain gardens and rain barrels. Home and Garden Show attendees were encouraged to sign up for the water pledge to receive a plastic bracelet with water quality information. Activities for children included painting white T-shirts with nature-themed foam stamps.