DISCLOSURE: Despite the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Indigenous Climate Action Preschool (ICAP) programming has been able to continue as it is an outdoor-facilitated program where preschoolers and Session Leaders are not kept within enclosed spaces.
So far during the Winter semester of ICAP, our preschoolers and Session Leaders have both enjoyed an abundance of in-depth place-based learning at our local Marigold and South Valley Parks. This began with a tour facilitated by Marigold’s Volunteer Steward, Laura Gretzinger. Laura walked alongside Session Leaders, Christina and Jee-Ho, identifying native and invasive species whilst explaining climatic and human threats to each.
Session Leaders help preschoolers respect restoration efforts by educating them on how to identify trails, signs, and fences. This allows preschoolers to become knowledgeable park visitors early on, ones that understand how to navigate and explore their local parks in a good way. Session Leaders have also integrated engaging activities like Ecosystem Eye-Spy to get preschoolers familiar with species in our local parks. Ecosystem Eye-Spy has allowed our small cohort to explore their surroundings and strengthen their abilities to memorize and identify species during our Nature Walks. This activity prepares preschoolers for their next steps in their place-based journey which delves more deeply into recognizing which species are invasive or native to their local environments.
With the upcoming Spring semester rolling in, it will be exciting to see how the different species react to the warming weather , and what kind of new species there will be to learn about. The IISAAK OLAM Foundation would like to thank those that participated in both the rainy and sunny days of the Winter semester and welcome families to visit the ICAP website for more information and to register for the Spring semester!