What can one person do about climate change?
This Waltham, Massachusetts-based outdoor environmental education program is for students of all ages. With an unique 8-unit curriculum and fun, engaging activities, we educate citizen scientists and stewards of the Earth to try to resolve challenges to the environment and human society. Participants repurpose monocultural turf lawn into meadows—productive, attractive ecosystems gardens with native flowers, shrubs, and grasses—to increase biodiversity, pollinators, and wildlife habitat.
Please read this!
Doug Tallamy. "Gardening for Life."
Hardy, Drought-Tolerant Native Plants
Native plants were growing in this area before Europeans brought other plants here. Native insects evolved with these plants and can subsist only on those specific indigenous flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees.
Ornamental and invasive plants are popular with gardeners but they detract from the biodiversity of an area by replacing local plants, which are essential to building biodiversity in ecosystems. Invasive plants grow rapidly in new areas because the changing climate may benefit them more and local animals can't subsist on them.
Waltham YMCA Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP)
The YEEP PROGRAM, a career-readiness, environmental-enrichment program will launch on March 23, 2017. The Waltham YMCA and MS4B are partnering to offer this afterschool and summer program that teaches teens business skills and ecosystems gardening techniques.
The teens will use their training to establish a specialty gardening service where in spring and summer they will sell and install native flowers, shrubs, and grasses on the properties of residents, businesses, and other organizations throughout Waltham.
MS4B plants only natives because native plants are essential for supporting the biodiversity necessary for human society and for restoring wildlife habitat.
Contact us 781-209-0052.