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Every Wednesday this summer is Waste Free Wednesday at Courageous Sailing center.  This means that on Wednesday’s students and instructors compete together as a sailing level against the other sailing levels to see who can create the least amount of trash at lunchtime. 

  • One point is given for every reuseable item that students and instructors use or any items they bring and plan to reuse, such as Tupperware, plastic bags, silverware utensils, etc. 
  • One point is also given for anyone who saves any food they do not want to eat at lunch so that they can eat it at another time. 
  • Points are awarded for any recycled items as well. 
  • One point is taken away from each sailing level for each piece of trash that they have or any trash that is left behind after they are finished lunch.  *Taking away points is an important part of Waste FreeWednesday because it allows sailing groups of different sizes to compete against each other and doesn’t just favor larger groups. 
  • Whichever sailing level has the most points at the end of the day wins a waste-free prize: watermelon!

Encouraging students and staff to begin thinking about how much trash they create at just one meal is an important aspect of any environmental program.  Waste Free Wednesdays can be implemented anywhere and are a fun way to learn about reducing trash.  Find out more details about how to start your own waste free program here.

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To continue this week’s seabird theme, I facilitated two different activities with the youth program students focusing on migration and feathers.

The first activity, involving feathers and what happens to a bird’s feathers in an oil spill, can be found here.

Keys to this activity are to allow students time to observe their feather, think about the behavior of seabirds, and ponder how an oil spill might affect a seabird.  Though this activity requires materials such as vegetable oil, dish soap, and feathers it clearly demonstrates how feathers function and are negatively affected by oil.  Additionally, because the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico occurred only three years ago, many students still remember and can relate to this tragedy.

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