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Volunteers Needed at Garden Jubilee on August 6

Hello Everyone,

My name is Anne Kaup-Fett and I am assisting the OSU Extension Master Gardeners of Clark County to arrange a Zero-Waste event for their upcoming Garden Jubilee event on the morning of August 6, 2017. A Zero-Waste event is one at which all trash locations have multiple bins for composting (uneaten food and compostable dishes), recycling (aluminum cans, plastic bottles, cardboard, and paper) , and trash (all the other material).

The most effective events have people who monitor the stations and help participants to understand the project and to sort their waste materials. That is where the Master Gardeners need help.

Some of you are the parents/pack leaders/ troop leaders of cub scouts and/or boy scouts who assisted with this event a few years ago at the Master Gardeners’ former location on Gateway Boulevard in Springfield, OH. The Master Gardeners have a new location at the Snyder Park Arboretum and Gardens in Springfield. As in the past, the scouts will be stationed at a particular waste station to help participants sort their trash and make sure the participants put each item in the right bin. We anticipate that each scout will be on duty for about 30 minutes and then be free to enjoy the event with their friends and family. The event will have free food, music, children’s activities, vendors, and many things to see.

This year, we also expect to have several 4-H Club volunteers to help monitor the trash locations, too.

Please let me know of your cub scouts or boy scouts are interested in this event. We can possibly make the event part of a Keep America Beautiful or other patch opportunity? Just let me know how I can help make that happen (for example, buying the patches or providing certificates?).

if any of the troops or packs think this Zero-Waste project could be used as part of a recycling/sustainability patch project, please let me know. I am sure the Master Gardeners would be willing to incorporate additional fun and educational activities into the Jubilee event to make it a patch opportunity. For example, they could learn about recent efforts to halt the decreasing populations of the Monarch butterfly (there will be booths with info on pollinators and how to collect milkweed seed pods), composting (there will be a booth with info on home composting), managing household hazardous wastes (there will be a presentation on proper management of gardening chemicals), and local gardening (there is a large community garden on-site). Perhaps some sort of scavenger hunt or fill-in-the-blank worksheet to collect information?  

Thank you in advance for considering the project,

Anne

Anne Kaup-Fett, MS, REHS, RS

Solid Waste Specialist

Environmental Health Division

Clark County Combined Health District

529 E. Home Road

Springfield, OH 45503

(937) 390-5600 ext 245

(937) 390-5625 fax

Akaup-fett@ccchd.com

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