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NWP Global Registry of Apprentice Ecologists - Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA

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Hazleton, Pennsylvania, USA
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Registered: December 2008
City/Town/Province: Hazle Township
Posts: 1
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Operation Human Impact

by Jennifer

Operation Human Impact was a fair-like, non-profit event for the community and was held at Nescopeck State Park in Nescopeck, PA. I started my research on the project in February 2007 with the presentation of the event on October 27, 2007.

Representatives from the Department of Forestry, the Luzerne County Conservation District, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Nescopeck State Park were on hand to discuss the importance of the proper balance of our ecosystem and how the actions of humans can and do effect it. Several stations were set up to display the following:

I. A reading corner where children and parents could read short stories on recycling, composting, how to cut down on waste, crafts to make from recycled goods, and other environmentally friendly topics.

II. A bug display which had samples of over 100 bugs crucial to the health of our ponds and streams. There were also magnifying glasses so visitors could examine the bugs to help them recognize them and understand their importance.

III. A display on how to make safe chemical free household cleaners from items such as vinegar and lemon juice. This station included printed instructions and samples visitors could try of these environmentally, pet, and child safe cleaners.

IV. A Bat Exhibit – A Boy and Girl Scout Leader taught the importance of bats and how they feed on bugs harmful to trees and lawns. There were coloring pages, books about bats, crafts, several sample glass enclosed bats for display, and a costume for children to make and wear to learn about the size of bats.

V. A video station in which a movie about Global Warming was played. Information was presented to participants about Global Warming, the melting of the Polar Ice Caps, the endangerment of Polar Bears and other wildlife species, and how each person can be responsible for this occurrence and providing ways we can all work to stop this phenomenon.

VI. A display on Fire Safety which consisted of hands on demonstrations on the proper way to use a fire extinguisher. Many topics were discussed but the most important of all was precautionary measures that could help prevent forest fires. Many fire fighting tools were on display as well as the required clothing needed to wear if fighting a fire.

VII. A station of take home materials from the Environmental Protection Agency web site among others. These handouts included activity books for children, information regarding saving many animals on the endangered species list, advice on making your lawn and garden environmentally green, warnings on the dangers of aerosol sprays and their effect on the ozone layer, among many other topics.

VIII. A trivia exhibit to test visitors’ knowledge of our environment and how to keep it healthy.

IX. A refreshment area in which the visitors’ could enjoy trail mix and drinks in recycled cardboard containers.

X. A picture exhibit demonstrated the life cycle of plastic and how long it takes to decompose. Each guest was given a reusable grocery bag and encouraged to utilize it instead of plastic bags.

Operation Human Impact was an endeavor that was very important to me because I feel so strongly that we should all take responsibility for the health and future of our earth. From organizing Operation Human Impact, I learned many things and grew from the experience. I feel the project proved to be a benefit to everyone who experienced it.
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Hours Volunteered: 200
Volunteers: 6
Authors Age & Age Range of Volunteers: 13 to 52
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Registered: December 2008
City/Town/Province: Burlington
Posts: 2
January 1, 2009 3:12pm

Wow, amazing job!