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Budding environmentalists at St. Joseph's

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St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Tillsonburg, has been a certified Eco-School for several years. This year, as part of their community awareness and recertification process, they asked members of the Lake Lisgar Revitalization Project to share their environmental work with them. Joan Weston, Frank Kempf and C.J. Watters put together an amazing presentation.

Weston spoke about how a lake is formed and the many habitats that it provides for different plants and animals.

Watters and Kempf shared photos they had taken of different species of turtles, fish and birds that live in and around Lake Lisgar. The students learned why Lake Lisgar was in trouble, in years past, and how a healthy ecosystem is being rebuilt. This project is in its fifth phase of development.

After the presentation, St. Joseph's was inspired to take part in many follow-up activities. One Kindergarten class created a mural that depicted many of the plants, animal species and man-made supports that had been discussed.

The Eco Team created posters stating what they learned about helping the ecosystem. Some ideas were: Don’t feed the ducks (they can become very sick from eating bread, crackers... and also become dependent on human food); Don’t litter (animals can choke on it or become entangled in it); and lastly, share what they have learned with others, so we can all work together as a community to help keep Lake Lisgar vibrant and healthy.

Also, some classes decided to take a walking trip to Lake Lisgar to have students experience the lake's ecosystem first hand, as well as to appreciate the many gifts of nature.

St. Joseph's Catholic School, having become more aware of our local ecosystem at Lake Lisgar, thanked the presenters. As part of their Eco responsibility, and as budding environmentalists, they learned a lot and have been challenged to do their part in the revitalization process, and hope everyone feels the same.

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