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The Holistic Life Foundations Environmental programs focus on education and advocacy. These programs provide students with opportunities to increase their knowledge and awareness of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed as well as the larger global environment. Then, that knowledge is used to show the interrelatedness and interconnectedness of the entire global environment, to expand students’ outlook from the neighborhood level to the biosphere level.
Youth participating in HLF environmental programs have facilitated community clean-ups, built a raised bed community vegetable gardens, helped build a park on a vacant lot, built worm-composting bins, coordinated recycling programs, testified in front of the Baltimore City Council in support of the Baltimore City Sustainability Plan, received Presidential Environmental Youth Awards for outstanding youth environmental stewardship from President Obama, participated in Earth Day tree plantings, as well as other environmental activities. Students also attend environmentally themed field trips, as well as go hiking and camping.
The Holistic Me After School program created and manages two raised bed community gardens at Robert W. Coleman Elementary School. Many of the children in urban communities have a disconnect from nature and this initiative is meeting that need.
The Holistic Life Foundation annually takes participants from its Holistic Me and Mentoring programs to Big Gunpowder Falls in Monkton, MD. This allows children to connect to a habitat filled with tadpoles, frogs, salamanders, and insects that they would not encounter in their urban environment. We are now in our fourth year of this project and the children seem to get more and more enthusiastic with each visit! Special thanks to the Natural History Society of Marylandfor supporting our kids and making this opportunity possible!!!