A class at J Oliver Elementary School has been named this year’s Earth Day Hero. Thousands of votes were cast on Facebook during a three week voting period this spring, to determine the winner. Earth Day Heroes (EDH) was created to inform students of how they can help the environment as well as give them the chance to share their own ideas of how they pledge to help the planet in 2013 and win prizes for their classroom. Classrooms from across Central Alabama area participated in this year’s contest by making pledges to help the planet.
The theme for the 2013 EDH program was “Reconnecting with Nature.” Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve will be hosting the field trip for the winning class of the Birmingham Earth Day Heroes contest today. Students will enjoy a day outside at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve where they will learn about how to keep our water clean, use nets to catch critters in the creek, and spend time playing and observing nature. At the start of the day, Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper at Black Warrior Riverkeeper, will give the students an educational presentation about his work patrolling and protecting local water resources. Charles Scribner, Executive Director at Black Warrior Riverkeeper, and Charles Yeager, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Manager, will then lead activities for the students at the preserve. Some of the projects that made the finals from schools across the Birmingham/Central Alabama area included picking up trash during recess, making their own compost, planting trees, and making an outdoor classroom.
The winning class attended a field trip to Turkey Creek Nature Preserve on May 2nd. The contest was sponsored by One Stop Environmental, Black Warrior Riverkeeper and Verizon Wireless to promote awareness of Earth Day and encourage conservation among local students.