For our February Service Project, our team worked with the Prescott Unified School District’s Farm to School program at their Taylor Hicks Elementary School garden. This day of service was dedicated to digging a 2-3 foot trench around the perimeter of the garden. Once the trench is fully dug, chicken wire will be inserted. This is in an effort to address the gopher problem the garden has been facing. The garden is surrounded by gopher mounds, and oftentimes, the gophers will dig under the garden’s fence and eat the contents of the garden. With the new chicken wire trench, the gophers will be unable to enter the garden underground, thus protecting the garden and its contents. Previously, our team assisted in the installation of the fence around the garden. It was exciting to continue that project in a new capacity and further support our community through this service project.
On Wednesday February 24th, GEM Environmental had the pleasure of working with Arizona Serve to facilitate a group of panelists exploring the topic of environmental education. These panelists included Prescott College Professor Mariana Altricher, Education Director of the Highlands Center Sarah Vincent, and Community Nature Center Director Ellen Bashor. Throughout the virtual event, these engaging community members shared their experiences, knowledge, and much more. Additionally, they led an informative question and answer session in which many of the AmeriCorps members with Arizona Serve were able to connect with the panelists and ask professional questions. The recorded live event can be found on our Facebook page, linked here. Join us and listen to environmental education experts talk about their field, how to promote environmental justice, and answer questions from the audience.
The GEM Environmental team was excited to help out at the Prescott Community Nature Center! We spent the day working with other volunteers, making benches and additional improvements. Thank you everyone for all the hard work. There is so much more to come!
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Tuesday, November 12- Dr. Rebecca Brulet, and her biology class at Yavapai College, welcomed G.E.M. Environmental and our guest speaker, Dr. Crystal Hepp, into their classroom as part of our Guest Lecture Series. Dr. Hepp is an evolutionary biologist, working as an Assistant Professor at Northern Arizona University’s School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems in Flagstaff, AZ.
Kali Plummer, our AmeriCorps State Member, opened the lecture with information about G.E.M. Environmental. She was able to explain our mission and speak to the students about our programs, internships and scholarships that are available.
Dr. Hepp opened her lecture speaking about her personal journey and the struggles she faced while obtaining her degrees. Students were able to relate to her on a personal level as she talked about the different ways she was able to balance school and life without losing sight of her goals. The main lecture was based on Dr. Hepp’s research into the West Nile Virus and how it spreads throughout Arizona. She shared data and research patterns of the virus and educated the students on different ways the virus is spread. Dr. Hepp’s research is providing much needed information on this deadly virus.
For more information on how to volunteer for one of these classroom lectures, contact our Program Coordinator Madison Link at firstname.lastname@example.org.
G.E.M. Environmental’s Guest Lecture Series is made possible by our many sponsors. If you would like more information on ways to help support these programs please visit www.gemenvironmental.org/sponsorship.
Little Free Libraries
The G.E.M. Environmental team gathered this past Friday to install the Little Free Libraries at some of the local Prescott schools. The teachers and students were very excited about the opportunity to exchange their used books for a new story to read! Sticking to G.E.M. Environmental’s mission to get kids interested in the STEM fields, every Little Free Library has been stocked with books about science, technology, engineering, and/or math. Listening to a specific request, we have put a copy of Rachel Ignotofsky’s book Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World in every Little Free Library that we created! We hope that this book and all the other books that are being donated can inspire girls to find their own passion and help them learn that they have the power to change the world.
GEM for STEM: Guest Lecture Series