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Nature Education for Kids
BY KACPER, SEAN, SAM,
AND KASSANDRA
Beach History Chicago
 Once thrived as a natural area
 Recreation was limited to those to went
 Dunes were the areas natural landscape
Beach Development
 Late 1800s through early 1900s
 Public for poor
 Private for rich
 Use for bathing and recreation
Beach Construction
 Beaches dozed over
 Dune’s and natural habitats destroyed
 Second growth stopped through machine beach
combing
Loyola Dunes Restoration
 Started 2003
 Sectioned off beach
 Second growth
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Current Challenge
 Competition between native/non-native
 Volunteers
 Organization and drive
 Future outlook
The Area South of the path
- Consists of mostly
short and tiny invasive
grass species such as
the Sweet Clover
- Used to be almost all
grass, until the
community work days
began
- The sand = Pebbles
The Shoreline
 Did not consist of
much vegetation
besides Marram Grass
 The sand consist
largely of pebbles and
strawberry sized rocks
The area north or the path
 The plants appeared
to be more spread out,
tall, and deeper
rooted.
 Sandreed Grass is
found in this area
 The sand = fine, soft
• Native Species – Any Species that
historically occurs in a habitat.
• Exotic Species – Any Species that is not
native to a habitat.
• Invasive Species – An
exotic species that
causes harm to a
habitat.
Invasive Species
 Excessive Population
 Disrupts Natural Communities
 Less Diversity
Fighting Invasive Species
 “Clean outdoor recreation gear”
 “Not release unwanted pets or dump the contents of
an unwanted aquarium into the wild”
 Contacting the closest State Park or Wildlife Refugee
 Calling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the
U.S. Geological Survey ANS Hotline at 800-STOPANS (877-786-7267).
Canary Grass
Sweet Clovers
Phragmites
Importance of Education
 Children are the leaders of tomorrow
 They will decide future policies, create social
movements, and determine our outcome
 Not just numbers but hands-on activity!
How Can We Help?
 Teach them their relationship to the earth
 Show them biodiversity and they gain an
appreciation for plants and animals
 Interaction with nature  curiosity and amazement
 Nature becomes something they want to protect!
 http://dnr.wi.gov/eek/
And, now a word from your aluminum cans and
plastic bottles….
When on the road,
At work or play,
Please don't litter
Or throw us away.
If recycling bins can't be found,
While you're playing games and running
around,
Take us home, to your recycling bin,
So we can have another life again.
Recycle-- it's the right thing to do!