Sample MS4B Programs
Waltham Y Meadow Club: Guided 120 summer campers, age 7 – 13, through an eight-week, engaging, all-outdoor curriculum resulting in a Meadow garden at the Y (2016). The program was featured on August 22, 2016, in The Boston Sunday Globe (Globe West section, page 1 above the fold!!!) with the headline "Cultivating Knowledge: Children plant a meadow at the Waltham YMCA and get a lesson in biodiversity."
Timilty Middle School After-School Program: Through a 10-week, 30-session program offered by Sociedad Latina, MS4B staff taught 12 middle school students, age 11 through 14, the concepts of biodiversity, native plants, and climate change. The students planted a Pollinator Patch (native plants planted next to vegetables attract pollinators and increase productivity) at the Tobin Community Center Garden in Boston (2015).
Christ Church Episcopal Meadow: MS4B staff taught Waltham Cub Scouts and adults about meadowscaping while creating a 400 sq. ft. urban, native-plant meadow on the church lawn, 750 Main Street, Waltham, MA. Site received Wildlife Habitat Certification from the National Wildlife Federation in October 2015 (summers 2014, 2015). MS4B staff expanded the meadow to 600 sq. ft. (2016).
Five- and six-year olds from the Waltham Boys and Girls Club visit the meadow to draw flowers, listen to books about nature, run around in the playhouse, and explore the garden.
Another group meditates while sitting on the benches. Members of other groups read to each other.
MS4B participated in Waltham Day, the Community Impact Fair at Brandeis University, and the Mayor’s Youth Summit (2016).