The North Falmouth Elementary School PeaceBuilders Club completed the 1st of 3 lending libraries as part of the outdoor learning project last week. The students designed, painted and stocked the library with books for youth. Special THANKS to Evan Pounder for donating the wood materials, Chris DeBettencourt of Accurate Fence for installing and securing the pole, and James Miner for constructing and landscaping the school's first lending library. We have 2 more libraries to come, built by Ashbel W Joyal we hope to share as soon as they are finished!! Thank you to everyone who has helped make this happen, the children are beyond excited!!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to support our fundraiser last night thru Papa Gino's. Thank you also to everyone who shared photos or sent texts saying they had gone! Some people asked how they can support this still: you can mail a check to Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod PO Box 293, Falmouth MA 02541 and put on memo line: "outdoor learning PG fundraiser". We also have Venmo and Paypal.
Thank you to all who came out today to help out with the Mullen Hall Spring Garden Cleanup including teachers, staff, students, parents and the Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod!
Join the Mullen Hall team & the outdoor learning project to help us prepare the garden for spring. bring gloves, garden tools, etc! Sign up via our link
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, May 3rd for our Dine Out Night! Enjoy your favorite pizzas, cheesy breadsticks, and more from Papa Gino's. Funds raised from Dine Out Night will go towards helping fund the supplies and incentive program for Outdoor Learning! You must show this flyer or mention the flyer when ordering.
The Falmouth Outdoor Learning Committee is looking to raise money to purchase between 15-20 picnic tables for 6 of the 7 schools for spring. The tables cost between $150-170 each. Our committee has volunteers ready to assemble. We are looking to our community help donate these or to donate funds for us to purchase. If you would like to donate directly to Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod for the Outdoor Learning Committee to purchase please do so via check or Venmo: https://account.venmo.com/u/FALMOUTHROTARYCLUBCC
The Falmouth Rotary Club Teaticket School Education and Nature Trail
You have never seen or heard the outdoors like this. The Falmouth Rotary Club, working with the Committee for Outdoor Education, the Falmouth educational system, and The 300 Committee Land Trust has set up an education nature trail for children at the Teaticket Elementary school. The trail starts at an outdoor classroom, runs past a master kiosk which presents a map of the 2,000 ft. long trail and directs you to ten QR stations starting on school grounds and ending up in Teaticket Park. Like hunting for Easter eggs, these stations allow you to access the QR code with a cell phone or cellular-capable tablet and presents a 30-second video with sounds and sights of the environment. We try to transport you up close to animals and plants along the trail.
Originally begun as a means of reducing exposure and risk of COVID-19 by advancing education outdoors in the Falmouth school system, the educational nature trail addresses three critical areas. We call them The 3Cs – cardiac health, curriculum enhancement, and conservation awareness.
For better health, encouraging our children to learn outdoors is strongly linked to lower blood pressure, strong heart rate, and better stress hormone level, plus decreased anxiety, depression, and fatigue. A study presented in Nature’s Scientific reports in 2019 found that 20,000 participants were significantly more likely to report good health and well-being when they spent 120 minutes or more in nature per week.
To tie the videos into the curriculum of the school, the dialog is chosen in the scripts to match the elementary science curriculum Mystery Science and Outdoor Learning Opportunities. For the Teaticket Nature Trail, the script is labeled by the learning unit through Grades 1 to 4 including “Plant and Animal Superpowers,” “Plant Adventures,” “Animal Adventures,” “Power of Flowers,” “Animals through Time,” and many more. For instance, with Script #1 – Woodland Tree, “My name is Ork. I am a woodland tree with a trunk, branches, and leaves. My green leaves contain chlorophyll which takes in CO2 and forms oxygen necessary for me to survive. A full-grown tree absorbs CO2 at a rate of 48 lbs. per year, producing enough oxygen per day to support two human adults.” (Plant and Animal Superpowers)
The trail starts at the Teaticket school and circles through the wetlands of Teaticket Park, owned and managed by The 300 Committee Land Trust. T3C has helped to preserve over 2,500 acres of acquired land, bringing the permanently protected land area in the Town of Falmouth to 22%, among the highest on Cape Cod. This protects many of the original habitats, plant and animal species, and ecosystems for the future generations.
The use of the trail on the parkland is available at any time (QR Stations 4 through 10), but access to the school trail portion (school kiosk and Stations 1 through 3) is available on the weekends or Monday through Friday after 5:30 p.m. Adult supervision of children is required on school grounds.
Mrs. Petisca's and Mrs. Oliver's classes at Mullen-Hall School under the tent for a story and snack.
Members of our committee, along with Dr. Tellier enjoyed a wonderful morning walk exploring the QR codes along the Rotary Outdoor Nature Trail at Teaticket park. It is amazing seeing this project develop. Our goal is to complete the 3 additional elementary schools by spring. We want to thank the community for their support so far by helping fund this project thru donations and grants. If you are interested in contributing towards the remaining schools, you can make a donation via on our website via Rotary Club of Falmouth Cape Cod, a 501c3 organization.
A message from our committee: As we approach the end of 2021, we'd like to take a moment to thank the Falmouth community. Read more
Photo Credit: Steve Heaslip photos
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