"Where's Your Walden?" Showcase: Student Projects  

Browse this collection of projects to learn what students around the world are doing to care for and protect places in their communities.

Thursday
Sep272012

Henry's Project: Life in the Woods

School/Organization: Thoreau Institute, Lincoln, Massachusetts, USA
Group Size: 1
Project Scope: Advanced
Hours Spent on Project: 19032
Category: Biodiversity, Conservation, Education and Public Awareness, Forests, Green Buildings, Preservation, Research, Water and Wetlands, Other

Project Description

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms, and, if it proved to be mean, why then to get the whole and genuine meanness of it, and publish its meanness to the world; or if it were sublime, to know it by experience, and be able to give a true account of it in my next excursion. 

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Thursday
Sep272012

Saving the Bay One Grass at a Time

 Walden Web Summit Participant

School/Organization: Global Ecology Program at Poolesville High School Poolesville, Maryland USA
Grade Level: High School/Secondary
Group Size: 2
Project Scope: More Challenging
Hours Spent on Project: 82
Category: Biodiversity, Water & Wetlands, Ocean& Coasts, Restoration & Protection

Project Description

The Chesapeake Bay depends on bay grasses to help filter water and provide food and habitat for crabs and other organisms. In our project we grew redhead grasses (Potamogeton perfoliatus) in tanks for transplant to the Bay.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Walden Community Garden

School/Organization: Willowell Foundation Vergennes, Vermont USA
Grade Level: High School/Secondary
Group Size: 30
Project Scope: More Challenging
Hours Spent on Project: 100
Category: Community Gardening, Sustainable Development

Project Description

The Walden Community Garden grows food for local schools and food shelves. Serving as a place-based educational resource for students to engage in actively providing tasty and nutritional meals for both themselves and others, the goal of our garden project is to enhance local meals with healthy alternatives which are grown in a safe and sustainable manner. Our garden especially likes to grow a variety of potatoes, onions, leeks, kale, and...garlic! A home grown vegetable stew with pan fried kale cooked over the coals of our hearth circle fire is a favorite classic here at the Walden Project.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Sophia's Carbon Footprint

School/Organization: The San Francisco School San Francisco, California USA
Grade Level: Middle
Group Size: 33
Project Scope: Average
Hours Spent on Project: 10
Category: Air, Education and Public Awareness, Global Warming

Project Description

The goal of this project was to reduce our carbon footprint. I did this by adopting environmental actions for 5 weeks. Some of my actions I were to buy locally grown and organic food, to unplug electrical devices or to replace my light bulbs with energy efficient ones. I wrote down my actions and how they affected my life in a journal. Before and after I did my actions, I calculated my carbon footprint and noticed that it decreased. This shows how easy it is to change your output of carbon dioxide and have a positive affect on the environment.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Thoreau School River Trail

School/Organization: Thoreau School Concord, Massachusetts, USA
Grade Level: High School/Secondary
Group Size: 2
Project Scope: More Challenging
Hours Spent on Project: 25
Category: Education and Public Awareness, Invasive Species, Pollution / Clean Up, Restoration & Protection, Water & Wetlands

Project Description

We coordinated with our 5th grade teacher to create the Thoreau School River Trail. The purpose of this trail is so elementary age students gain an appreciation for the wetlands.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Save the Arboretum

School/Organization: Global Ecology Program at Poolesville High School Poolesville, Maryland USA
Grade Level: High School/Secondary
Group Size: 2
Project Scope: More Challenging
Hours Spent on Project: 40
Category: Education and Public Awareness, Green Buildings, Preservation, Research

Project Description

We began this project in the fall of 2007 simply wanting to keep our school's arboretum clean by picking up trash and weeding it. Our arboretum is a grove of trees, planted years ago by former members of our Global Ecology Program. It is used for scientific studies as well as a beautiful place to relax and study. Meanwhile, because our school's student enrollment numbers are increasing rapidly, a decision was made to expand the school with a new building during the summer of 2008. The new addition is being built on the location of our current tennis courts, creating the need to remove the tennis courts and place them in a new location. The school administration and the architects decided to place the tennis courts in our arboretum!

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Thursday
Sep272012

Rizwan's Carbon Footprint

School/Organization: The San Francisco School San Francisco, California USA
Grade Level: Middle
Group Size: 1
Project Scope: Average
Hours Spent on Project: 10
Category: Conservation, Education & Public Awareness, Energy, Global Warming, Pollution / Clean Up, Recycling, Research

Project Description

Our class did a project in which we had to try to lower our carbon-footprint. Each week we did a different environmental action and logged it in a diary. We then calculated our footprint in the end.

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Thursday
Sep272012

Providing Access to Clean Water

 Walden Web Summit Participant

School/Organization: Resource Academia School System, Lahore, Pakistan
Grade Level: High School/Secondary
Group Size: 5
Project Scope: Quick & Easy
Hours Spent on Project: 6
Category: Pollution / Clean Up, Urban Environments, Water & Wetlands

Project Description

In Pakistan, water sanitation and filtration is one of the biggest problems. This was no different in the school we targeted for our environmental project mainly due to lack of funds and proper management. The school did have a water cooler but it was not working. Therefore, the water that was supplied to the toilets was used as drinking water. In a country like Pakistan, tap water is not clean and is the cause of several diseases like cholera. Thus, the Walden Team took the initiative of making arrangements for a clean water supply. We used the donations to purchase a new water cooler and a water filter.

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