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Earth Tomorrow Club Helping Out at Botanical Gardens

The NTHS Earth Tomorrow Club partnered with the NT Botanical Garden Organization last year - along with the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers - as part of the North Tonawanda Sustainable Community Project.

The ultimate goal of this project is to inspire young people to have hope for the future by engaging them in direct hands-on healing of their community. Desired outcomes of the project include an increased community awareness of North Tonawanda’s environmental harms and risks, increased sense of community ownership and pride, and an increased practical capacity for environmental problem solving using modern techniques such as the implementation of living infrastructure for water quality improvement.

On Feb. 19, the students worked on their service project of propagating dahlias by separating last season’s tubers and planting them in pots to prepare for the fast-approaching spring. The students learned about native plants and pollinators through an activity instrumented by Claudia Rosen from the Buffalo Niagara Waterkeepers. They also toured the grounds, learning about current and future projects involving living infrastructure and bioretention.

Community members are invited to join the NTHS Earth Tomorrow Club for the Winter Clean-Up at the botanical gardens on May 2 from 9 a.m. to noon. Additional community work days at the gardens are from 9 a.m. to noon on 5/23, 6/6, 6/20, 7/11, 7/25, 8/8, 8/22, 9/12, 10/3 and 10/17.

Please consider joining them in helping to revive one of North Tonawanda’s long-lost gems!

Students planting dahlias

Above: Students worked on planting dahlias as part of their service project.

Separating tubers

Above: Students separated tubers to plant the dahlias in pots.

Planting dahlias  

Group discussion

Above: The students participated in an activity to learn more about native species.

Students with planters