Grassroots’ In-School Environmental Programs are designed to help elementary and middle school children understand more about our environment and how it is impacted by human activity. These programs are currently conducted in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County. Please call our main office for availability.

Gifts From the Earth – Grades K-3
This simple but powerful program introduces the very youngest children to some of the gifts the earth gives us…air, water, soil, sun and wind. A lively discussion is initiated about each of these life-giving gifts. Feeling a genuine thankfulness for these wonderful gifts, we then talk about what we give back to the earth. An introduction to pollution ensues with a unanimous and enthusiastic coming together to become better stewards of our generous, but vulnerable home.  Creative props are used to help children grasp basic concepts.

Be a Friend To a Tree – Grades 2-3
This program helps second and third-graders understand the vital role that trees play in creating a sustainable environment. In this interactive program, students are introduced to the basic life cycle of trees, and the many benefits that trees provide. At each school where the presentation is given, a tree seedling will be planted by the children.

Spring Alert – What Do You Know About Pesticides? – Grades 3-4
This program is designed to reinforce the message of our “Spring Alert” flyer – to teach children to stay off lawns that are treated with pesticides. We discuss why people use pesticides and what can be done instead to reduce pest problems. A simple discussion of soil biology follows, supported by actual soil samples that are alive with beneficial organisms. Students learn how pesticides can be harmful to birds and other wildlife, and how they can contaminate surface and ground water.

Conserve and Protect Our Water – Grades 5-6
Not many children (or adults!) really know where their drinking water comes from. In this presentation, students learn about basic hydrogeology, local ground and surface water resources, and the process by which pollutants (e.g. pesticides, dry cleaning solvents, gas and other petroleum products, cesspools, industrial waste, etc.) can contaminate this precious natural resource. We also discuss how water is used (and wasted) and steps that can be taken by individuals, families and communities to protect our water. Students are encouraged to suggest their own ideas for conservation and protection. A discussion of bottled water versus tap water concludes the program.

I’ll Have the Plastic Fish Special, Please – Grades 6-8
This program focuses on our everyday use of plastic and its environmental impact. Using familiar items as props, we show how typical activities in the life of an average American create a mountain of plastic waste. What is plastic made from? How is it manufactured? How do we use plastic in our lives? How do we dispose of it? Where does it go? How does it affect wildlife? Should we drink or eat out of plastic or use it in the microwave? We also discuss possible solutions: recyclable packaging alternatives, cloth shopping bags, bioplastics and stainless steel & glass water bottles. An emphasis is placed on the power of personal choice in the law of supply and demand. But plastic fish? You’ll find out!

Watch the introduction to "Conserve & Protect Our Water" with Grassroots'
Executive Director Patti Wood.