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Plant a butterfly garden

Planting a butterfly garden is a great way to attract and support wildlife while adding green spaces to a yard.

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Take a field trip

Get out of the classroom and into the Chesapeake region with a fun and engaging field trip. For inspiration on where to learn about the people, animals and history of the Chesapeake, check out our lists of cultural and natural history museums.

Reduce Food Waste

Don't throw egg shells in the trash—use them in garden as fertilizer, pest control or mulch.

Conserve Water

If you water your lawn, do so in the early morning, when the water will not evaporate in the heat of the day. Make sure the water gets completely on the lawn, not on sidewalks or driveways.

Reduce Herbicide Use

Instead of chemical weed killers, try dousing weeds with boiling water, table salt or vinegar, or pulling them out and digging up the roots.

Foster environmental literacy

Look for ways to incorporate the environment into book reports or class book discussions. Eco-Fiction has a list of young adult books with environmental themes.

Walk, bike or carpool to school

Cut emissions entirely by arranging a bike train or group walk to school or reduce emissions by creating a carpool in your neighborhood.

Organize a clothing swap

Consider a clothing swap with classmates or donate clothes that don’t fit anymore. For schools with uniforms, set up a day to exchange skirts, pants and shirts that have been outgrown for larger sizes.

Encourage recycling

Check out your school’s recycling programs. Are recycling bins available and are people encouraged to use them? Make sure you know what can and can’t be recycled, and spread the word.

Use reusable containers for lunch

Use a lunch box instead of plastic or paper bags for lunch. Buy reusable, sealed containers for drinks, sandwiches, snacks and other lunch items instead of re-sealable plastic bags.

Reuse school supplies

Before buying new school supplies, take a look at what you already have and see if you can reuse notebooks, folders and other supplies from previous years.

Use recycled materials

When buying school supplies, look for items made out of recycled materials. For example, buy notebooks and pencils made from 100% post-consumer content.