2019 CCNL Green Teams
In summer 2019, CCNL hosted Green Teams in communities across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Projects included many areas of environmental and cultural conservation, including community gardening, water quality assessment, cultural videography storytelling, tree planting, bioremediation, and more!
Conception Bay South (CBS) Parks Commission
The CBS Green Team mostly focused on working with two groups: Chamberlains Park, where they helped to enhance existing areas as well as create a new path along a stream, and KEEP (Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program), where they did analytical work involving the Lower Gully River and other nearby sites. In Chamberlains park, the team created a new path extending from the main trail. This included clipping plants to make a rough path, building a small boardwalk, fixing eroded stream banks, and building a platform and bench. They also completed other tasks such as clipping back bush from the boardwalk, removing roots and stumps from paths, replacing gravel along the trails, and gardening. While working with KEEP, the Green Team surveyed the Lower Gully River in hopes of reintroducing salmon in the future, as well as to collect records of the overall health of the river. These surveys include information on width, depth, bank stability, substrate, habitat characteristics, and obstacles. The team also conducted water monitoring at various sites around CBS to test the quality of the rivers and ponds. On top of these projects, maintenance on Pond Road was also completed, as well a garbage cleanup along the beach and parts of Kelligrews River. The Green Team also held environmental awareness events for kids to inform them about climate change, it’s impact on our planet, and how they can help. Their hope is that by teaching youth about climate change, they will grow up to make greener choices, and create new innovations to help slow global warming or aid communities struggling from its negative impacts.
City of Mount Pearl
The Team working with The City of Mount Pearl researched how to achieve a successful community garden board. This included researching new and existing community partners/stakeholders, funding resources, and well as the sustainable longevity of the program. The Team created an assessment of proposed new properties for community garden preparedness, and also organized and facilitated clean-ups to promote readiness for future community gardens. The Team conceptualized and recorded a garden set-up document including materials needed, and plant selection information. Together, they assessed existing community gardens and suggested ways they can be improved or expanded, including doing light maintenance on the beds themselves, and weeding in preparation for the community’s goal of planting produce that can be donated to the food bank. The Team also spent time looking around the city for new spaces to expand the community garden program. The Team also acted as ambassadors for community gardens by creating a terms and conditions guide for participating in the community gardens program. The Team worked to create a guideline for the garden board including the positions and roles of each individual member and worked to look for the best people to fill these positions amongst the community. Along with this, the Team also assembled educational and promotional material regarding existing/proposed community gardens, urban agriculture, and composting in Mount Pearl. They worked this into informative presentations to the public and other groups within the community to get them out and actively gardening, whether it be their backyards or community gardens. The Team also conducted a series Environmental Awareness Events, which involved activity planning and public speaking on a variety of topics including climate change and project specific material, to a variety of audiences from ages 5-75.
Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program (NAACAP)
This summer, Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with Northeast Avalon Atlantic Coastal Action Program, undertook a plastic waste reduction and diversion project in the city of St. John’s. This project aimed to reduce the amount of solid municipal waste found within two main waterways in the city: Virginia and Waterford Rivers. Additionally, the goal of this project was to complete a trash-audit on the items collected to determine what exactly was getting into our local watersheds. We used this information gathered to encourage local businesses to make the switch to more ecofriendly packaging options as well as to remind businesses and community members of their role in creating a more sustainable and environmentally conscious community. Through the installation of marine debris collection booms in both the Virginia and Waterford Rivers, along with clean-up efforts in collaboration with community partners, the Team managed to achieve significant waste reductions and gathered important data on the type and amount of trash encountered. Ultimately, these efforts diverted literal tonnes of plastic and waste from entering our oceans and helped bring community members together to better the city we live in.
O'Brien Farm Foundation
The O’Brien Farm Green Team was hard at work improving the heritage farm site, while also bringing conservation and environmental awareness to their work. The team was heavily involved in farm landscaping projects. This included filling and weeding community garden boxes, widening a path to make it wheelchair accessible, and clearing out a privet hedge so that a heritage-style white picket fence could be installed. They also collected soil samples from a meadow on the property, which is soon to be converted into cropland that will be used as learning sites by new farmers. The team also cleared an overgrown forest trail on the property. This trail will be used as an ecological interpretation site in the future. As part of this interpretation, the Green Team constructed a ‘bug sanctuary’ which will provide shelter for overwintering butterflies and other insects. When they weren’t occupied with other tasks, the Green Team regularly performed roadside clean-ups on the O’Brien Farm property to make sure the site was green and litter-free. The team finished the summer with an open house at the O’Brien Farm to raise awareness of the property and welcome community members to sign up with the community garden program.
This year, the Stella’s Circle Green Team helped with waste reduction by introducing composting to the residents of Kingsgate and the local community as a reminder that every step, no matter how small, brings us closer to preventing pollution and conserving our natural resources and energy. It was popular enough that a second composter was installed. The team focused on maintaining and improving the Bonaventure community gardens by installing garden boxes and planting vegetables. They added small details to the property such as hand-painted rocks to decorate the gardens and surrounding areas with colour. The team was busy all summer, completing tasks like removing safety hazards like poles and large stumps. They made the surrounding area more visually appealing by levelling the ground with soil laid with grass seed, creating flower beds with mulch, and edging the area around the trees and garden boxes. The team finished the property off with a new bench and an additional greenhouse. In the greenhouse, seedlings were planted and later flourished. They were also busy promoting the green team and the work they did this summer, making headlines with VOCM, CBC, and NTV News by demonstrating how to install garden boxes and plant seedlings. The therapeutic aspect of horticulture was also mentioned in this demonstration.
Town of Carbonear
The Carbonear Green team, over the course of the summer in 2019, was tasked with mapping the trails of Carbonear. The Team worked alongside Kerri Abbott, the Economic Development and Tourism Officer, to ensure residents and tourists had a renewed understanding of trail location and trail specific information such as parking, pet friendliness, difficulty and the length of trails. After familiarizing themselves with the trail system, the Team then began plotting a map that is featured in a pamphlet for people to take with them as they explore the trails. The Team collaborated with local groups who were working on the physical landscape of the trails, sharing with them information they had gathered to ensure they had all necessary resources to successfully carry out their work. Throughout the summer, the Team created three unique maps for the Nell Finn’s Trail, The Southside Rail Bed Trail and the new Earle’s Trail. Each map they have created has been added to pamphlets with information that will allow the public to access these trails with ease, and enjoy their experience. In addition to the trail mapping portion of the project, the team completed several Environmental Awareness Events with the youth of Carbonear to educate them on the growing impact Climate Change has on our environment and species that live within it. The goal of these events was to offer exposure to youth on the imminent dangers of Climate Change, and how they can reverse the trend in their everyday lives moving forward. In addition to educating the youth of Carbonear, the Team also completed Environmental Awareness Events with portions of the senior population in Carbonear to address the issues with water conservation in our community and Province. The Team offered information on how to conserve water within their homes and in everyday life.
Town of Flatrock
The Conservation Corps Green Team in Flatrock set up headquarters at the Flatrock Town Hall and for 8 weeks have conducted their work throughout the wetlands in the community of Flatrock. The team has worked with their community partner, Diane Stamp and the Mayor Darren Thorne, in organizing the restoration and construction of a hiking path – with terrain similar to the East Coast Trail. The majority of the challenges that the team faced this summer on the trail were demanding but rewarding. Making a definitive path for any person(s) involved cutting deadfall, cleaning overgrown brush, deadfall collection for boardwalks, as well as the creation of signs to guide hikers. All work completed was done through the execution of “green” practices; all tools were used by hand, the construction of the trail was taken from natural resources in immediate surroundings, and the forest/wetland was conserved to is maximum potential. The Flatrock Green Team also participated in 5 EAE’s (Environmental Awareness Events). Including the Flatrock Garden Party, the Flatrock Soiree, and a recreational day camp for the children of Flatrock. The initiative was to educate youth, as well as older members of the community on climate change and ways to reduce carbon emissions.
The SPLASH Centre
The Town of Harbour Grace Green Team, in partnership with the Harbour Grace SPLASH Centre, have spent the duration of this summer engaging with summer program youth on the topic of the environment, in hopes of increasing their awareness and understanding of what our environment is and how it is ever-changing. The Green Team worked alongside Community Partner, Janine Simmons, to teach SPLASH Centre youth on the rise of climate change and how it will impact our identified environment. The team began the summer by panning for weekly educational sessions that would cover a wide-range of topics. Throughout the summer, the Green Team facilitated weekly rotations that covered topics pertaining to Climate Change, Water Preservation, and maintaining the Arctic. The Green Team aimed to educate the youth on how their actions contribute to Climate Change, and how they can reverse negative trends moving forward through sustainable practices. As part of the Weekly Rotations, the Green Team organized and facilitated activities and excursions for campers. The Green Team based their program planning around weekly themes that were established by the SPLASH Centre at the beginning of the summer. The Green Team organized what was called “Green Team Afternoons”, during which the team would lead an afternoon of activities with all youth simultaneously. Together, the Green Team and SPLASH Centre campers planted a garden, and ultimately harvested some vegetables at the end of the summer. As a result of time spent with the Green Team throughout the summer, SPLASH Centre campers were equipped with a new interest and appreciation for the environment. The Harbour Grace Green Team, in association with the Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador’s Climate Change Education Centre, were required to conduct 5 Environmental Awareness Events. Otherwise known as EAE’s, these events allowed the Green Team to extend their reach beyond the confines of the SPLASH Centre, and interact with the rest of the community. These events aimed to offer programming similar to what was presented to SPLASH Centre campers, in that the Green Team held events that talked about issues surrounding Climate Change, and how we can ultimately preserve the environment around us.
Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philips
The Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s (PCSP) Green Team has been sampling and testing the waterways in the PCSP watershed. They worked in conjunction with Dick Whitaker of PCSP’s Advisory Committee on the Environment (ACE) and Geoff Whiteway of the Marine Institute. The team was tasked with gathering baseline data over a broad range of sample sites throughout Beachy Cove Brook system, Millers Pond system, Main River system, Nearys Pond system, Broad Cove Brook system, Murrays Pond system, and Cemetery Blast Hole system. They also conducted some exploratory assessment of the Brock’s Head Pond system. Basic stream surveys were conducted at every site. This included physical assessment (depth, width, flow rate, substrate composition, vegetation and animal life, canopy cover, and the presence of over-enrichment indicators) and chemical assessment (dissolved oxygen, pH, and nitrate and phosphate concentrations). This data built on the work of past Green Teams. This year the Green Team also tested samples for caffeine. Every site was tested twice, with one sample taken at high water and one at low water. Each caffeine sample was paired with a matching sample that was sent to Eastern Health to be tested for E . coli fecal coliforms. All of the Green Team’s findings were compiled into a report which was submitted to the town of PCSP. This included a description of each sample site, complete with photos and GPS coordinates. Data was statistically analyzed and compiled into graphs and tables. Areas of concern were highlighted. The town was also given a comprehensive GIS map detailing the information gathered over the course of the summer. As an additional project, the Green Team also collected ocean water samples at low tide and high tide in Portugal Cove and Broad Cove. These samples will be analyzed for microplastics by the Marine Institute in the fall. Finally, the Green Team participated in Environmental Awareness Events (EAEs). EAEs were conducted with PCSP’s summer camps, to educate children on climate change, and with Murray’s Garden Centre, to give the public an opportunity to learn about our project.
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium
The Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador’s Green Team, in partnership with the town of Petty Harbour, over the course of this summer worked alongside many other staff, students, and volunteers to help the aquarium bring the ocean to eye level for visitors of all ages and places. The Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium is the second fully non-profit, catch and release aquarium in Canada. They are modeled after a similar aquarium in Ucluelet, BC. It was founded by Melanie Knight in 2012 and is currently in its seventh season. They rely on volunteer fisherman, divers, and staff to collect the animals at the beginning and throughout the season. At the end of each season the bigger animals are given back to the fisherman to be released where they were caught and the smaller animals are released during a public family event called the ‘release party’. The Green Teams role at the aquarium this summer was interpreters/aquarists. Their main job was to be as involved and engaged as possible with the public while in the aquarium. They were required to inform all visitors of different facts about the animals residing here for the summer and answer any questions they had. The team would also take turns interpreting at the touch tank while helping the public hold and interact with the animals. Some smaller duties included helping out with summer camps visiting the aquarium, feeding the animals, cleaning the tanks, and checking the oxygen and salinity of the water. Another portion of the Green Team’s job this summer was to complete Environmental Awareness Events (EAE’s). These events consisted of informing youth about climate change and how they can help mitigate it. The team completed 10 of these events at various summer camps throughout the metro region. They were also involved in a Capelin event at Middle Cove Beach with WWF, a shoreline cleanup in Petty Harbour with CPAWS, and another shoreline cleanup with WWF.
Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association
The Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association Green Team was based out of the organization’s new Nature Centre, located on 2 Conservation Place, Grand Falls-Windsor. The Green Team worked throughout the summer in two different settings within the Centre. During the weekdays of the summer, Corduroy Brook Nature Centre runs children’s Nature Camps which are targeted toward different age groups. With a new group of children attending each week, the Green Team had the opportunity to educate a number of young people from the region about climate change, conservation, and local/surrounding wetlands. Together with the Nature Camp, the Green Teamers did so through games, scavenger hunts and crafts each day, combining education with fun as to provide them with useful information. While the Nature Camp runs during the daytime, the Nature Centre is also opened to the public. The Green Team was happy to provide a number of educational tours to visitors, both inside and outside of the Centre. Inside, team members showed visitors – both local and tourists – around the information section, which contains interactive displays, a fantastic feature of the new building! They also provided free guided tours throughout the trail system, educating visitors about local flora and fauna. They even prepared themed tours throughout the summer to stimulate the public’s interest (for example, one of the guided tours were designed to demonstrate the history of CBEA in Grand Falls-Windsor). To ensure visitors were able to observe the beauty of the trails, the Green Team arranged and conducted a number of trail clean-ups throughout the duration of the summer. In addition to these roles, the Green Team also participated in weekly Environmental Awareness Events within the Nature Camps. These events gave the team opportunities to go further in-depth about topics such as global warming, climate change, water conservation, and the impact that all of this has on our planet. The team demonstrated their passion for conserving the environment in the years to come by passing on their knowledge to the up-and-coming generation. The Corduroy Brook Enhancement Association has been a part of Grand Falls-Windsor for over 20 years. The trail system continues to grow along with the public’s interest, and the development of the new Nature Centre has been a positive step toward educating the public about conservation, climate change and how we can all make a difference!
Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA)
The NAIA Green Team was situated in St. Alban’s and operated at different locations throughout the Coast of Bays area. The team worked with the local NAIA Community Outreach Coordinator (Roberta Collier) to organize and take part in several shoreline cleanup events across the Coast of Bays region. After completing each shoreline cleanup, the team gathered data on the number of bags of marine debris collected, the number of volunteers, and the number of large debris pieces collected. They then compared it to last year’s data to determine whether there was an increase or decrease in garbage on each of the respective shorelines. Once all this data was determined, the team helped share the findings with the people of each community they cleaned up. The NAIA Green Team was also trained to use the Placentia Ocean Debris Survey (PODS) “Marine Debris Tracker” app by staff from Memorial University. By using this app, they were able to easily input data on the type of debris for each piece that was picked up as well as its location of discovery. All this information and more would get emailed to the team, and later added to a detailed spreadsheet to organize the total amount of certain items found, as well as to generate a total of all items found. These spreadsheets were extremely useful in determining which types of debris were found on the shorelines most often, and the team discovered through this process that plastic debris is the majority of what we collected at most beaches. The team also took part in 5 Environmental Awareness Events (EAE) in several communities including St. Albans, Milltown-Head of the Bay, and Harbour Breton. These events allowed the Team to work with the children at local day camps to educate youth on topics such as climate change and water conservation. Additionally, the Team also completed an EAE at the Greenwood Manor in Milltown to discuss climate change related topics with seniors there.
Smallwood Crescent Community Centre
The Smallwood Crescent Community Center Green Team was based in the town of Marystown and worked to conduct fieldwork around the local area. The team worked on numerous community service projects including the beautifying and general clean-up of the Smallwood Crescent and Atlantic Crescent neighborhoods. This included planting a number of flower beds, staining and painting benches and garbage boxes, and general garbage pickup. Working closely with the Smallwood Crescent Community Center allowed the team to participate in many of the scheduled field trips with the staff and local children. Taking advantage of this time, the Green Teamers presented Environmental Awareness Events to the children. This was a great opportunity to educate youth about climate change, global warming, and how we can make a difference. In addition to working closely with the Center, the Green Team worked with the Town of Marystown to conduct trail maintenance, primarily of the Jane's Pond walking trail. The team’s role involved staining the rails and cleaning the area of litter and large objects that could cause damage to the local environment and harm the health of the many ducks present in the pond. The Smallwood Crescent Community Center Green Team was also an active participant in Environmental Awareness Events throughout the community. The team worked with the many different organizations to conduct EAE's in addition to Smallwood Crescent Community Center. Some local organizations included daycares, YMCA, and Keyin College.
St. Anthony and Area Boys and Girls Club
The Youth Environmental Education Green Team is based in the town of St. Anthony and was a part of a local childcare program for children ages 6 – 12. This summer, the Green Team worked with the St. Anthony and Area Boys and Girls Club, facilitating games and activities surrounding environmental and physical health. After receiving training from The Boys and Girls Club on how to safely interact with and care for children, the Green Team members were assigned to be program leaders for the duration of the summer program. This position presented opportunities to have conversations with children about the environment, educate them on climate change, global warming and what they can do to make a difference. The main project this summer was teaching the children of this coastal community about food security through composting, planting, harvesting, and foraging. The Grenfell Historical Society gave space for a number of garden beds and space in a greenhouse for The Boys and Girls Club to grow some plants. Over the summer the Green Team, with the children in the summer program, planted corn, peas, potato, beet, turnip, carrot, sunflower, apple, spinach, cucumber and flowers. They also went on plant walks to identify wild food growing in the area, such as raspberries, blackberries, and bakeapple berries. In addition to gardening, the Green Team facilitated several environmental awareness events (EAEs) on important topics such as climate change, a healthy water cycle, recycling, and water conservation. The average audience for these EAEs were children ages 6-12, who participate in the Boys and Girls Club Program.
Bay St. George South Area Development Association
The Green Team assisted the Bay St. George South Area Development Association with developing a habitat conservation/improvement plan for rivers in the Bay St. George area. Habitat assessment on Robinsons and Crabbes River were conducted, which included identifying man-made and/or natural obstructions affecting salmon passages. Examples of such obstructions/barriers included fallen tree debris, bank erosion, damaged culverts, beaver dams and siltation. Habitat assessment included photographing and recording information of each obstruction identified on tributaries of each river system and identifying Atlantic salmon spawning grounds. Habitat assessment was also conducted on Fischells River. Obstruction removal began on tributaries of Flat Bay Brook, and removal continued on Little Barachois and Middle Barachois Brook. These obstructions were outlined in the 2018 Habitat Restoration Plan from the previous year. By the end of July, 15 obstructions had been removed, which were identified as major blockages affecting fish passage. By the end of the summer, no man-made obstructions had been identified. Once habitat inventory was completed on Robinsons, Fischells, and Crabbes River, major barriers that were recorded were also meant to be altered. Throughout the summer, the Green Team conducted five Environmental Awareness Events in the Bay St. George South community. The purpose of these events was to educate youth, adults, and seniors on issues surrounding climate change, waste and water management, and habitat improvement for various fish and wildlife species.
No’kmaq Village (Flat Bay)
The No’kmaq Village Green Team was based in the community of Flat Bay. One of their first summer projects was to help prepare and offer aid during Flat Bay’s 13th Annual Powwow. Another major project that the team was designated with was continuing working on the community garden from last summer. Over the course of the project, the team planted Lupins and Goutweed at the community garden located in Flat Bay West. In addition, the team painted a fireplace at Big Pond and aided in placing a walkway there as well. Along with this, the Big Pond Trail was conditioned for tourists and guided tours were given to newcomers. Last year, hydroseed was placed at Big Pond, filling in the site. Unfortunately, tremendous amounts of rain washed some of this hydroseed away, leaving several broad dirt patches. As a task, the Green Team filled these patches with soil and more grass seed. Furthermore, the Green Team conducted 5 EAE’s (Environmental Awareness Events) throughout the summer. The audience for these was from the 2019 Annual Children’s Mi’kmaq Youth Mentorship Program. In each event, the children were taught about various environmental issues, such as the melting of the ice caps and greenhouse gases. Games were played with the kids to make the experience more vibrant to cater to their spry youthfulness, and further engage them in the new learning material.
Town of Channel - Port aux Basques
The Community Awareness Green Team was based in the Town of Channel - Port aux Basques and conducted clean up events around the Port aux Basques area. This summer, the team worked with the town’s Economic Development/Recreation Director, Shauna Strickland, to identify areas in need of garbage clean ups and to spread environmental awareness to the community. In addition to community clean ups, the team worked with other members in the town to promote environmental awareness. This involved working with the Community Cafe to serve meals, working on environmental activities with local seniors to speak about recycling, maintaining a hydroponic system at the Bruce II Sports Centre, where the team grew lettuce and basil, and preparing information on the conservation of the Piping Plover that was distributed throughout Astrolabe Days. To gain more information and insight on the Piping Plover, the Green Team spent time with Intervale Associates’ Russell Wall at a well-known piping plover nesting site, specifically on the JT Cheeseman’s Provincial Park beach. The Community Awareness Green Team was also an active participant in Environmental Awareness Events. The team worked with the Bruce II Sports Centre Summer Camp Program and playtime groups to educate youth about climate change, our oceans, and the piping plover.
The Pasadena Green Team’s project, suitably titled “Just Beachy”, was centered around the revitalization of numerous beaches around the town of Pasadena. These areas included Pasadena Beach, Sandy Cove, Westhaven, the Boat launch/Marina area, Southbrook Point, and the Canadian Helicopters area. All of these were along the same shoreline. Each of these beaches delivered numerous goals and obstacles for the team to achieve and overcome. They also did a great deal of other town-based activities, such as cleaning up trails, and helping the town workers in various ways, such as clean up around the recreation center. Over the duration of the summer, the Pasadena Green Team really did make quite a noticeable difference on the town’s beaches, for both the community and for the environment. With the beaches free of debris and the trails trimmed, the people will have a much greater experience being there. In the project’s short seven weeks, the Team had already gotten the attention of numerous people who have complimented their hard work, really raising the team’s morale through their work.
YMCA of Western NL (Stephenville)
The YMCA of Western NL Green Team was located at the Bay St. George YMCA in Stephenville. This summer the team worked with the Bay St. George YMCA to host a Summer Kids Camp, ranging in ages from 5 to 12 years old from Monday to Friday every week, where the team provided fun, games, and an environmental and sustainable approach to many summer activities. Throughout the summer, the team had the opportunity to involve the summer camp kids in many great activities. In addition to the Environment Awareness Events they had completed at camp, the team had the opportunity to perform various nature expeditions, including bug hunting and the typing various species of bugs in the area, completing the Citizen Science Mosquito Project, and building a raised garden bed outside the YMCA, in which the summer campers planted various flowers and vegetables. Also, the team was involved with many community partnerships through the camp program, including a Super Hero Walk, Run or Roll and Giant Games Event with Stephenville Recreation, Bird Watching and Geocaching with local experts, and Health and Safety presentations from Western Health and the local RCMP detachment. The team also took advantage of the strong indigenous ties in the area and invited members of the local Friendship Center into the summer camp to teach both the team and the kids about indigenous language and culture. Overall, the team was successful in supporting the Bay St. George YMCA in their mission for a fun and safe summer camp. The team supported them in their implementation of many theme days and weeks at camp, including Science and Nature Week, Emergency Services Week, Languages and Culture Week, and much more.
Vine Place Community Centre (Corner Brook)
The Vine Place Community Centre Green Team was based in Corner Brook and was responsible for the beautification and cleanup of the Vine Place Community Centre, as well as the areas surrounding it. This summer, the team worked alongside Executive Director Mike Kearley to devise a plan to help restore the areas surrounding the community centre. After receiving training from Dion Newman of the Forestry Safety Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, the team began tending to the overgrown forestry surrounding the community centre and the trails next to it. This included completing tasks, such as removing brush, and trimming trees. This was done to improve the overall quality of the trails surrounding the community centre, and served as an invitation to the residents to use the freshly maintained and much safer trails. Not only was the team responsible for maintaining the community centre’s forestry, they also disposed of all the litter they found while working. The team was also supplied with over 6 tons of rock to help fill potholes found throughout the community centre’s parking lot. The rock was also used to cover an old gardening area that the team was instructed to disassemble. This was done in the hopes that the community centre might receive the funding for a greenhouse in the future. Additionally, the team trimmed the excess forestry back from the trails and pathways surrounding the community centre in order to clear the obstructed pathways. More rock was laid down throughout the trails to better define the forest’s pathways. The local basketball court located a couple streets from the community centre also required a fair bit of maintenance as it appeared to be a spot that collected a significant amount of litter due to the fences that surrounded it. The team was also responsible for disposing of broken glass behind the vacant housing units found throughout the community, aiming to provide residents with safe pathways for travel throughout the community. The Vine Place Community Centre’s Green Team also conducted multiple Environmental Awareness Events that were held throughout the community. The team shared their presentations with the Shoot for Excellence Hockey Program at the Corner Brook Civic Centre, as well as the local summer camps that were held at Vine Place Community Centre. These presentations encouraged youth to think critically about climate change and the environmentally-friendly choices that can be made to prevent further damage to our planet.
2018 CCNL Green Teams
In summer 2018, CCNL hosted Green Teams in communities across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Projects included many areas of environmental and cultural conservation, including community gardening, water quality assessment, cultural videography storytelling, tree planting, bioremediation, and more!
CBS Parks Commission Green Team
The CBS Green Team completed beautification and restoration initiatives in collaboration with three local community partners; the Chamberlain’s Park Action Committee, the Foxtrap marina, and Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement Program (KEEP). The CBS Green Team has completed numerous improvements and restoration initiatives to the park, such as removing dead trees alongside of trail way and replaced with a wooden border along the perimeter, placed new gravel along areas of the trail, built planters to place alongside benches in the park, clipped back overgrowth along sides of all boardwalk areas, added an extra bench to the outdoor classroom, built a rock wall behind Madonna’s pool, and created stairways leading down to two streams. At the Foxtrap marina, the team has completed beautification duties and planted multiple different plants aiding in the overall appearance of the marina. In conjunction with KEEP, the team performed water quality testing and surveys of the Lower Gully River, creating social media posts that will address environmental awareness and raising awareness on subjects such as climate change, the importance of wetlands, and the protection of our environment. Additionally, the team produced designs for a new pop-up banner, as well as a permanent new sign that will be placed on Pond Road in CBS. Throughout the course of the summer the team conducted several Environmental Awareness Events educating youth through presentations and environmental activities on climate change and conservation ethics.
Northeast Avalon ACAP
Lundrigan’s Marsh is the largest cattail marsh in Eastern Newfoundland. It supports a wide variety of flora and fauna, and is an ecologically significant area despite being surrounded by industry. Blocked in on all sides by roads and other development, the marsh faces risks associated with infilling and leachate from industrial waste. This year the Northeast Avalon ACAP Green Team completed a series of community events with the goal of educating the public on the marsh and its role in the ecosystems, as well as informing the public on what they can do as a community to reverse environmental stressors. This area is a huge water catchment area, and the marsh plays critical role in significantly decreasing flooding during storms in St. John’s, Newfoundland. The team spent their summer completing community events to get members of the community interested in the marsh. These events have positively contributed to our overall goal of conservation with the cooperation of community members. The team has also performed “beautificiation” activities. The trail to the lookout will be weeded allowing it to be more accessible to the community. The team have also planted trees upstream for stabilization of the ground, and to help absorb excess nutrients and contaminants to improve water quality at the marsh. Additionally, the team completed water quality testing at entering and exiting the marsh to analyze trends in toxicity absorption.
Placentia Bay Green Team
Centre for Ecosystems Research (Marine Institute) Green Team aided in the second year of a five-year project. Overall, this project will help to increase the health of Placentia Bay by rehabilitating areas by depleting the invasive European green crab (Carcinus maenas) population and planting native eelgrass (Zostera marina), which is an important resource for many aquatic species. Additionally, the team has conducted Environmental Awareness Events, which involved presenting their project to the Placentia community and educating them on invasive species in our oceans. The Green Team has examined various samples of green crab populations from several areas throughout the Placentia Bay region. These regions include: North Harbour, Swift Current, North East Placentia, South East Placentia, Fox Harbour, Placentia Sound, Baine Harbour and St. Joesph’s. From these regions, the team has collected data, which will be used to determine green crab population size and the current stage of development. They have also been examining culverts in the Placentia Bay area. When examining culverts, the team look at the state of the area, state of the culvert, water flow (upstream and downstream) and water depth. This is important information to collect because it necessary to assess the accessibility for salmon to swim through the culvert to reach spawning locations. Another aspect of the project is beach seining. This is conducted in the Placentia Bay area; the team seined in nine sites. Beach seining helps to tell what species are still living in areas, which are potentially affected by green crab, and what type of work needs to be done (i.e., planting more eelgrass). The final weeks of the project focused solely on replanting eelgrass in various areas throughout Placentia Bay. We’ll be helping to put together prototypes that will be put on the sea floor and help the eelgrass to root in their newly planted areas. “We’ve had such an eye-opening and educational summer already and can’t wait to share our experience and knowledge with others.”
Autism Society NL Green Team
The Autism Society of NL Green Team was responsible for undertaking various beautification projects at the Elaine Dobbin Centre this summer. The team assisted in preparing the many gardens for planting a variety of crops that are grown to provide fresh produce for the Pantry Café and Good Roots Gardening. The crop garden maintenance was the team’s top priority for the beginning of the work season; however, after planting was completed and crops were well on their way, the Team commenced restoration of various flower beds found throughout the grounds. By weeding overgrown beds and providing fresh mulch and colourful flowers, the Green Team completely transformed the gardens surrounding the music garden, which is well loved by all its visitors. The team has also returned several dedication mounds to their original beauty. As the work season came to an end, the Green team tackled their most challenging restoration yet - reclaiming the overgrown wall between the Market Garden and the Berry garden. The mound was transformed from an overgrown tangle of grass and weeds, to a clean and lush garden with berry bushes and herbs. In addition to their work as gardeners and landscapers, the Green Team also reached out to audiences connected to the Autism Society’s various programs, to provide engaging and informative events about environmental awareness. By educating youth about the ongoing issues of climate change and the simple things we can do to help, the Green Team made an impact by changing their corner of the world for the better, in a fun and memorable manner.
Portugal Cove-St. Philips Green Team
This summer, the PCSP Green Team conducted stream assessments and water quality tests at various locations in the community, with a focus on ponds and their associated systems. The team used specialized equipment to test for pollutants and water quality indicators, such as pH and dissolved oxygen of the sample site. Water samples were taken from selected sites and brought back to the lab where the team was able to measure phosphate and nitrate levels in the water. The purpose of the team’s research was to identify areas in the community where there may be signs of over-enrichment and identify potential sources of pollution. The PCSP Green Team used a variety of methods to organize and present their data – using ArcGIS, PowerPoint, Microsoft Word and Google Documents. One of the main goals of the project was to communicate their findings in an accessible and approachable manner. The team aimed to make their field research understandable to the general public, leaving them with the knowledge to make their own judgements with the information presented.
Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium Green Team
Members of the Green Team in the town of Petty Harbour-Maddox Cove worked in partnership with the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium (PHMA) to plan an educational summer camp to be held on site, starting in 2019. The Green Team created a business plan for the summer camp including components such as offered services, primary market research, competitive analysis, marketing plan, management structure, operations, business law (permitting, insurance, and licensing), and sustainable financial projections. Programming was also researched and planned, including relevant crafts, games and activities for the camp. Outside of their everyday work, the team also plans and hosts environmental awareness events to educate the public about conservation and its importance to the sustainability of the earth. The Green team provides the opportunity for individuals to engage in games and activities that highlight the importance of environmental and cultural heritage in the province. They were also involved with helping to collect specimens for the aquarium and filling in for aquarium interpreters when needed. By working together with the aquarium, the Green Team learned many new things about business and ocean sustainability, while also experiencing the culture of a historical fishing town.
thegreenrock.ca Green Team
thegreenrock.ca Green Team coordinated a series of 3 exciting #playoutdoors events in the natural environment. These outdoor adventures encouraged families to get involved and re-connect with nature and each other. #playoutdoors is a project of thegreenrock.ca ~ Live Sustainably NL in partnership with Junior Forest Wardens NL and other community organizations. The first event was the Junior Forest Wardens Open Field Day, at Pippy Park. Activities included canoeing, shelter building, and outdoor cooking. The event encouraged children and adults to be resourceful and appreciate time spent in the great outdoors. The second event, hike~woods~ocean, took place on the East Coast Trail (Silver Mine Head Path) between Torbay and Middle Cove, and featured a Visual Scavenger Hunt’ paired with environmental interpretation and awareness. The event helped participants to take notice of the unique natural features surrounding them. There was a pre-hike safety talk with Terry Horwood from the East Coast Trail Association, who also led the hike. It was a great success with attendance from 3 generations of hikers! The third event was a Foraging Expedition. Participants learned about traditional foraging practices in Newfoundland and visited a berry patch to pick some wild blueberries.
Torbay Green Team
The Torbay Green Team worked on completing the community greenhouse located in the Torbay community garden by finishing the roof, side panels and shelves inside the house. They also built raised garden beds for residents with mobility barriers who cannot reach the lower beds. In addition, the Green Team constructed bird feeders and bat houses for the community trails and placed them in different locations throughout Torbay. They continued to monitor them throughout the summer for signs of wildlife usage. The Torbay Green Team also carried out various Environmental Awareness Events to inform and educate the public about oceans, climate change, the artic, and other environmental topics. For these events, the team visited different groups including elementary schools, older group homes, and local festivals. They visited town residents door-to-door to pass out recycling pamphlets with blue bags to spread awareness of recycling and the benefits of doing so. As part of a community outreach efforts, the team attended the 2018 Killick Coast Games to continue to spread awareness of this summer’s project, and to provide different activities and information booths on environmental topics.
Wave Environment Research Centre (WERC) Green Team
This summer, the Wave Environment Research Centre Green Team focused on strengthening agricultural, aquaculture and cultural roots in Lord’s Cove. The team built a community garden in order to re-establish the community’s agricultural roots and to bring those living in Lord’s Cove closer together through gardening. Relating agriculture and aquaculture, they also tested different strengths of Atlantic Salmon manure as fertilizer for the community garden. The team gave regular tours of the WERC site to visitors both local and international, in which they educated the public on the species present in their waters. They also taught tourists about how the multi-trophic aquaculture system works and described the research the centre is doing with wave energy. Finally, the team conducted a number of interviews with community members about fishing, farming and how life has changed in Lord’s Cove. This information will be used to create walking trails and story boards around the community and to keep the rich culture of rural NL alive.
Miawpukek First Nations (Conne River) Green Team
The Miawpukek First Nations Green Team worked on the bioremediation of the Clay Banks in Conne River. The Green Team used natural techniques such as wattle fences to help stabilize and regrow the area. The wattle fences are like stairs which will help slow down the erosion by reducing the slope of the land. The Team will then plant fast growing plants such as the pussy willow on the wattle fences to help regrow the area. It is hoped that over time this area will become a forest. By bioremediating the Clay Banks, it will prevent further erosion and land loss of the McDonald’s field area, which is the location of the powwow grounds, community walking trails, and new school. This project helps the community as a whole to better understand the effects of climate change. Along with this very important project, the Green Team has hosted Environmental Awareness Events to help inform the community on climate change and the effects it has on the environment. These events connect the community and hopefully encourage people to change some of their actions to help conserve the natural environment.
Lewisporte Green Team
The Lewisporte Green Team projects included; beautification of the Train Park, town playgrounds, Pioneers Cemetery, Lewisporte Stadium, and Woolfrey’s Pond Boardwalk. In addition, the Green Team helped prepare for special events such as the Canada Day and Mussel Bed Soiree. The Team also completed several beautification projects around Town which included planting flower beds at the Train Park, Town Hall, and Post Office. The Team began their project by cleaning up Woolfrey’s Pond Boardwalk, and the Train Park. Throughout the summer they completed numerous other projects including; painting picnic tables around town, painting the fence around the Lewisporte Pioneers Cemetery, and making garbage cans for the new dog park. The Team feels that it is extremely important to beautify the town, while also being environmentally conscious. They feel that their work will help make Lewisporte a more enjoyable place to be for both members of the community, and visitors. An integral part of the work we did this summer was our Environmental Awareness Events. The Team also conducted Environmental Awareness presentations at the Lewisporte Summer Sports Program, Mussel Bed Soiree Waterfront, and Family Fun Day. These presentations allowed the Team to express the importance of environmental and cultural sustainability to the entire community. The Team were able to discuss some of the projects they completed and show that everybody can do something to make a positive difference in their community.
Smallwood Crescent Community Centre (Marystown) Green Team
The Smallwood Crescent Community Centre Green Team worked on a number of different projects with the town of Marystown and Burin. The project began with a town beautification project which included, staining, planting flowers, weeding, trail maintenance and waste collection. The project continued throughout the summer and the Team began a partnership with Ducks Unlimited Canada. Their work with Ducks Unlimited involved the construction of nesting boxes and placing them around various ponds. The Green Team has also done several Environmental Awareness Events, to help educate youth on climate change and environmental sustainability. The Marystown Green Team partnered with Ducks unlimited to place secure habitats in several different ponds in the Marystown and Burin area. These boxes act as a safe haven for the ducklings.
Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) - St. Alban's Green Team
The St. Alban’s Green Team and the NAIA interns completed several shoreline clean ups along the Coast of Bays. The team has conducted clean ups in various towns, while encouraging the public to also take part in the tidying of their beaches. During these clean ups, participants remove waste, marine debris, and many other items from shorelines. These are items that may be harmful to the environment and any animals inhabited in the area. As the team performed these clean ups alongside the public, they advocate that everyone can make a positive impact on an ecosystem, even if they only aid in tidying up one small beach. Along with the shoreline clean ups, the team worked closely with a NAIA intern stationed in St. John’s. Together, the group have brainstormed various ideas and ways to get more youth involved in careers in aquaculture. The Green Team along with the NAIA interns have created a presentation that will be shown at a Youth Awareness conference in the fall. This will hopefully have a large impact on what changes need to be made to aid with the growth of the aquaculture industry. As well, the Green Team members have conducted several Environmental Awareness Events to educate youth on topics such as climate change and how its progression will heavily affect everyone in the future.
No’Kmaq Village - Flat Bay Band Inc. Green Team
The No’kmaq team worked on many projects around Flat Bay. At the beginning of the summer, the team spent the first week preparing for the Annual Powwow by mowing the grass, repairing roads and building their own teepee. Following set up, the team worked the Powwow weekend, which everyone really enjoyed. After the Powwow, the team began work at Big Pond, where they assembled the floating wharf, placed buoys on ropes, and other related groundwork. Throughout the summer, the team completed one Environmental Awareness Event per week for the children in the Mi’kmaq Youth Mentorship Program. During these events, they talked to youth about climate change and its effects on both us and our environment. Along with the Powwow and work on Big Pond, the team also did a lot of work surrounding the new community garden. By the end of the summer, 4 planter boxes were built and a manual for the upcoming crew was created to help ease the transition from this summer’s Green Team to possible teams and groups invested in the community garden in the future.
Bay St. George South Area Development Association Green Team
The Green Team assisted in developing habitat conservation / improvement plans for three rivers in Bay St. George - Middle Barachois, Little Barachois, and Flat Bay Brook. To develop these plans, the team used available habitat information and survey tributary streams to put together an inventory of habitat factors that are currently affecting or have the potential to affect the mitigation of Atlantic salmon. A few examples of such factors include: man-made or natural barriers (such as fallen trees), beaver dams, debris, and man-made or natural habitat degradation (such as bank erosion and silting). The team mapped out spawning habitats and removed any small obstructions found during the survey. Larger obstructions will be removed at a later date. Throughout the summer, this team also conducted 5 environmental awareness events in the Bay St. George South community. The purpose of these events was to educate youth on issues surrounding climate change, and develop ways to reduce their ecological footprints. These events involved: reading books to the children, playing games, and educational presentations.
Town of Channel – Port aux Basques Green Team
The Port aux Basques Green Team was involved in multiple projects throughout the summer. One project involved educating the general public about the new recycling system that will be taking effect in mid-September. The team also completed beautification projects at various public areas. This included painting the outdoor public furniture, ball field dugouts, playground equipment, and planting trees. The team conducted Environmental Awareness Events with the Summer Sports Kids Program and weekly activities with the Playtime Kids in the Summer Sports Program, which helped to educate them on climate change related topics. The team also helped the kids put together a community garden plot to teach them about home growing and local produce, which reduces greenhouse gas production from transportation. Finally, the team was involved with Astrolabe Days (a municipal holiday) where they reused old cardboard from local stores to build a children's game - an 8-foot tall Lego man with a hole in his torso for kids to toss recyclables into for prizes. They ran the game and talked about the value and fun of upcycling. As an added bonus, the team kept local restaurants stocked with informational placemats about the Piping Plover (an endangered shore bird).
Roddickton-Bide Arm Green Team
The Roddickton-Bide Arm Green Team spent their summer spreading awareness on how the community can “Go Green”. Once a week, the team hosted “Going Green Activities” with community children at the Summer Recreation Program. These activities included a discussion on a particular topic, followed by games, demonstrations, and experiments all related to the discussed topic. Topics included “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, Pollution, Water Conservation, Climate Change, and “The Effects That Plants Have on the Environment”. The team has also taken action to “Go Green” in the community as they cleaned littered garbage around town, cleaned the local beach, and planted flower gardens outside the Town’s municipal building. Along with promoting environmental awareness, the Green Team hosted a “Memory Mug Up” event once a week to promote and preserve cultural heritage. This was a time where the elders of the town could get together to share stories and experiences of what it was like to grow up in a rural community, while enjoying tea and refreshments provided by the team. Lastly, the team worked alongside town employees to celebrate and host a Cultural Diversity Day. This event was held on Monday, August 6th and invited all members of the community out to enjoy games, food, music and crafts.
Vine Place Community Centre Green Team
This Green Team was responsible for the gardening and maintenance of the Corner Brook Community Garden located at the Crestview Location of the Vine Place Community Centre. The team conducted regular garbage and recycling clean-up efforts in several neighbourhoods around Corner Brook, including the Crestview and Hendon neighbourhoods, trails, and basketball courts. Also, the team was responsible for yard maintenance, including weeding, mowing, and other property beautification duties, in the neighbourhoods of the community centres in Crestview and Hendon. The team has taken it upon themselves to help advocate for the Western “Sort It Program”, the new and more strict garbage and recycling regulations put in place by Western Regional Waste Management. Information booths with educational games and activities for the public were set up at community events, such as Corner Brook Day, Fire Fest, and the Vine Place Community Centre “Book Bag Drive” with Staples. Other Environmental Awareness Events have been conducted over the summer, with the goal to educate and spread awareness of climate change, how it is changing our world, and the personal efforts that can be made to help.
2017 CCNL Green Teams
In summer 2017, CCNL hosted Green Teams in communities across the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Projects included many areas of environmental and cultural conservation, including community gardening, water quality assessment, cultural videography storytelling, tree planting, bioremediation, and more!
Autism Society NL Green Team
The Autism Society NL Green Team’s role was to maintain the gardens and grounds located at the Elaine Dobbin Center for Autism. The ASNL Green Team worked together with ASNL employees and clients in their transitions program in this endeavor. The grounds that were maintained at the Dobbin Center by the ASNL Green Team consisted of raised bed garden areas with over 40 beds in total, a fruit tree orchard, picnic areas, a berry garden, and a greenhouse. Food grown in the gardens is used by the Pantry cafe, located at the Dobbin Center main building. Together with employees of the Autism Society and clients in the transitions program, the ASNL Green Team performed maintenance duties on a daily basis. These duties included cleaning picnic areas, watering the garden beds and berry garden, weeding the gardens, planting seeds, and various other gardening and maintenance related duties.
Northeast Avalon ACAP Green Team
The Northeast Avalon ACAP Green Team completed beautification initiatives in the Kenmount Terrace neighborhood and its associated streams. The team conducted neighborhood clean-ups near storm sewer outfalls and coordinated collection with Clean St. John’s. As part of the Yellow Fish Road Project, the team painted yellow fish near storm drains in the area to raise neighborhood awareness about types of pollution entering storm drains and their negative effect on aquatic life and the environment. Along with the painting, the team canvased the neighborhood with non-point source pollution pamphlets and Yellow Fish Road door hangers. Finally, the team planted trees, shrubs, blue flag iris, and grass seed in suitable locations in the neighborhood. The plants were watered and cared for accordingly. The team also completed a social media campaign that consisted of a series of posters to raise awareness about important environmental issues and how they can be avoided. Several Environmental Awareness Events were conducted throughout the summer to educate on Climate Change and how it’s changing the world as we know it.
Town of Harbour Grace Green Team
The Harbour Grace Green Team had two separate focuses this summer. Firstly, the group worked to build and maintain a community garden in the town. The team coordinated with the residents of the community to create a friendly environment that helps participants from the community learn new and nurture existing agricultural skills. This project was a smaller part of the much larger picture, which is to promote healthy living and eating within the community. Secondly, the team worked to complete an inventory and conduct research on the built and cultural heritage of Harbour Grace. This project was part of a larger project to gather and store all information for future generations, which will be used to advance the economic development plan for the downtown core of the community.
Stella's Circle Green Team
The Stella’s Circle Green Team’s main was building and installing garden boxes for members of the community interested in growing their own organic vegetables. The team installed garden beds at over 18 locations within the metro area over the course of the season. In addition to installing gardens around the community, the Stella’s Circle Green team was also responsible for the maintenance of the Bonaventure Gardens at King’s Gate Condominiums. The team developed skills in landscaping, rebuilt the greenhouse, replanted the vegetables in past installs, and started new installs with the garden boxes that the team made built themselves. As well, the team laid mulch around the garden boxes and made a rock path to make the area more presentable and available to the community. Lastly, at the end of the season, the team participated in environmental awareness events to educate the public on topics such as climate change, water conservation and community gardening.
CBS Parks Commission Green Team
The CBS Green Team worked on several important projects throughout the town in collaboration with the Town of CBS and various local non-profit organizations. To start off the summer, the team participated in trail maintenance and river evaluation and remediation initiatives at Manuels River. The team also assisted staff in preparing for the annual Watch Your Bobber Race which took place on July 6th, 2017. The second focus of the CBS Green Team was gardening and trail maintenance at Chamberlain’s Park. This project resulted in significant beautification of the area. Throughout this project, the team completed the Hillside Garden in Chamberlain’s Park. The construction of the garden was completed in various stages which began with the placement of topsoil and gravel, and with later stages including planting and mulching. The team assisted in the layout of borders along the trail as well as digging a trench to divert water from the Outdoor Classroom. Furthermore, the team assisted in river surveys and enhancements of the Lower Gully and Kelligrews Rivers. They also performed gardening duties, working towards the beautification of the Foxtrap Marina. Throughout the summer, the Green team was also able to reach out to groups of children and deliver environmental awareness events. These events aim to educate younger generations about the importance of participating in earth friendly initiatives.
Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip's Green Team
The Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s Green Team worked to obtain baseline data on the water quality in various streams and ponds in the community. Every week, the team visited a variety of sampling sites where they would collect a water sample, obtain data values for temperature, depth, and speed, and note any other observations such as the presence of algae or fish in the water. The team would then test each water sample to obtain pH, phosphate, and nitrate values. The collected data was then compared between sites and compiled in a formal report for presentation to the Town. The aim of the report was to summarize the findings, as well as to identify the mains areas of concern for follow up by the Town of Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s. In addition to the water quality assessment, the Green Team participated in the Spruce Budworm Tracking Program. A trap was set up in a wooded area near the team’s workplace, and it was checked every week to see if any Spruce Budworms had been in the area. This program has been a major endeavor in assisting Balsam Fir and Spruce tree conservation in Eastern Canada.
Smallwood Crescent Community Centre Green Team
The Smallwood Crescent Community Centre Green Team spent the summer working on beautification initiatives around various neighborhood in Marystown. Through community clean-ups, upkeep of green spaces, and planting initiatives, the team worked hard to make Marystown a more enjoyable and beautiful place to explore and enjoy. The team also worked to upkeep the natural wildlife habitat in the region. In collaboration with Ducks Unlimited, the Green Team worked to evaluate existing duck boxes, and repair these boxes where necessary. The Smallwood team worked diligently to re-stain garden boxes, plant flowers, and paint signage around the Smallwood Crescent Community Centre. They also engaged youth in the region through Environmental Awareness Events, including a scavenger hunt, and various presentations on climate change and water conservation.
City of Mount Pearl Green Team
The City of Mount Pearl Green Team worked alongside the City of Mount Pearl in expanding the Forest Avenue community garden this summer. The expansion included constructing eight new raised garden boxes, enhancing the longevity of the garden, constructing new signage and landscaping. The Forest Avenue community garden was successfully opened last year by the 2016 City of Mount Pearl Green Team. The garden has been extremely popular with the residents of and there has been a high demand for the addition of new boxes. Community gardens benefit the city through promoting healthy eating, an active lifestyle, and creating residential connections. The Team also had the opportunity to participate in the Conservation Corps Growing Through the Ages program. Through this program, a hydroponics unit was purchased by Conservation Corps NL through Enactus Memorial’s Project SucSeed program. The unit can produce up to 700lbs of food in a year, operating at a cost of less than $2 per week. Additionally, Environmental Awareness Events were conducted around the city at day camps and events such as Mount Pearl City Days. The events spread environmental awareness to youth on topics ranging from the team’s community garden initiative to climate change. This focus of the Environmental Awareness Events reflects the City’s desire to educate youth about maintaining and improving the environment.
Town of Lewisporte Green Team
The Town of Lewisporte Green Team’s projects included cleaning and maintaining the Train Park, Community Garden, First Avenue Playground, and Boardwalk. The project began with weeding and garbage clean up around the Train Park, and Community Garden. The team also picked up garbage and repaired parts of the Boardwalk, and painted the fence around the First Avenue Playground. Keeping these areas as clean as possible helps to beautify the Town and sustain the environment in the community. The Green Team’s community upkeep encourages residents to visit these public spaces in Lewisporte, and encourages them to interact and build relationships within the community. A large part of the project was also the Green Team’s Environmental Awareness Event presentations. The Team presented to Pleasentview Manor Seniors’ Home, the Summer Sports Program, and New-Fun-Land pre-school. They completed five presentations for these groups about water conservation, climate change, and their projects.
Miawpukek First Nation Green Team
The Miawpukek First Nation Green Team’s project was based on the clay banks located in the Town of Conne River. The team worked on the bioremediation of the clay banks that are located along the walking trails at the McDonald’s Field. The clay bank that the team worked to help stabilize is connected to a popular walking trail, playground, and the location of the new school. The bioremediation project was divided into several steps including the tying of the gabion cages and filling them with rocks; the making of the wattle fences on the clay bank; collecting trees in a different location; and planting these trees along the tops of the wattle fences. Due to these efforts, the trees planted will act as natural reinforcement and the wattle fences will stabilize the bank as well. In addition to their bank stabilization work, the Miawpukek First Nation Green Team was an active participant in Environmental Awareness Events which educated the youth of the community about climate change. The Team worked alongside youth camps and the annual Powwow to educate youth. They thoroughly enjoyed their summer.
Town of Port Blandford Green Team
The Port Blandford Green Team worked hard throughout the summer doing a variety of projects in their community. A substantial effort was taken to maintain and expand the existing community garden and engage residents. The team weeded the pathways around the raised beds, which made it more accessible to gardeners. They also spread new topsoil and removed weeds from the garden boxes. Throughout the summer, regular maintenance was conducted to keep the garden in great shape. The team also worked to maintain heritage sites throughout the town. These sites are a great tourist attraction to the community and they provide historical information to visitors. In total, 7 heritage sites were maintained and enhanced through the work of the Green Team. The team also engaged children in learning about the environment and Conservation Corps’ programs by starting a youth community gardening program. This program ran every Friday morning and children were educated and involved in planting, composting, and ways to begin “seed saving”. Using their creative talents, the team also initiated a music program to teach local youth how to play the ukulele.
Carmanville Habitat Commission Green Team
The Carmanville Habitat Commission Green Team had a number of objectives on their summer project. The team’s major focus was repairing and maintaining the walking trail that surrounds Carmanville Pond. The team regularly cut tall grass that was protruding onto the trail, cut low hanging alders and other branches that protruded onto the trail, painted viewing decks, and spread mulch on areas of the trail that had been washed out. The team also assisted with the expansion and operation of the community garden located at the Town Office. The Green Team regularly collected compostable materials from the local grocery store and added it to the two composters located near the community garden. In addition to this, the team regularly watered each community garden box and removed weeds. Another notable project the team undertook was regular maintenance of the local seniors’ home garden boxes. They assisted at the seniors’ home with composting, weeding, and watering of the vegetable and flower boxes. Other various projects included: setting up and monitoring Pine Marten hair snag traps in various locations throughout the trail, setting up and monitoring a Spruce Budworm trap, monitoring flora and fauna seen on the trail, assisting in the daily operations of the Interpretation Centre, and conducting various Environmental Awareness Events at different locations throughout the town.
ACAP Humber Arm Green Team
The goal of the ACAP Humber Arm Green Team was to stabilize a 150-metre section of South Brook that was identified as being substantially impacted by erosion. The team collected a variety of information, including water quality parameters, water depth, velocity, stream bank classification and presence of fish. The team installed rock rip rap, silt traps, and planted a variety of vegetation along the banks of the identified section of the stream. The entire restoration/stabilization process was photo documented, before, during and after work was completed. The Team also conducted several Environmental Awareness Events, which included a presentation, delivery of games, arts and crafts, and other activities. In addition, a stream clean-up of Young’s Brook was held on July 15th, 2017. From 10am to 12pm, volunteers from the Town of Pasadena were involved in removing litter and debris from Young’s Brook.
Vine Place Community Centre Green Team
At the Vine Place Community Centre, the Green Team worked on community garden boxes, planted fruit and veggies, and kept the community clean. Along with their work at the Vine Place Community Centre, the team rejuvenated the garden boxes at the Carter Ave Community Centre. The team worked with the summer recreation program to educate children and involve them in the garden. Community Gardens are important in promoting food security and independence, which made this a very valuable project for the community. The team took care of the community garden by weeding and watering daily. In order to prepare a suitable garden, the Green Team replaced boards on the existing garden boxes to increase stability and they added bags of soil to build up the nutrients in the garden. In addition to their work on the garden boxes, the green team constructed greenhouse covers to aid in the growth of the garden. This expedited food production and extended the harvest season into the fall and possibly even into the early winter depending on the plants. Over the course of this project, the team also cleaned up the community by picking up trash and cleaning up the basketball court. There was a significant decrease in the level of liter on the ground over the summer due to the hard work of the Green Team.
No'kmaq Village Green Team
The No'kmaq village film studio, Captive Expressions, in association with its Green Team members worked on various films and documentaries preserving the culture of the Mi'kmaq people. During the annual Bay St. George Powwow event, the film crew shot multiple scenes to show the culture of their ancestors for future generations. They also interviewed several aboriginal Elders, dancers, singers, and visitors to get their input on the Powwow, and gather their wisdom. The team also worked on a documentary surrounding heating appliances and the environment. The short film discussed the environmentally friendly pellet stove, compared to other forms of heating. The team did a variety of creative short films in various genres, and aided in other film projects for No'kmaq village, such as an aboriginal language series and the Tajike'k film.
St. Anthony & Area Boys & Girls Club Green Team
The main goals of the St. Anthony Green Team were the construction and maintenance of several gardens in the community, and the education of the youth in St. Anthony on gardening and environmental responsibility. The Green Team worked with children involved with local summer programs on the construction of the community gardens. In addition to outdoor gardens, the team installed a hydroponic garden system indoors, which will produce healthy vegetation all year long. These systems are easily maintained and accessible to everyone, which allows anyone to participate in gardening, regardless of age or physical ability. The team invested considerable effort into teaching local youth about the effects of climate change. Through Environmental Awareness Events, the Green Team educated youth on the ways that everyone can make a positive difference for our planet. Environmental activities conducted with the youth included creating recycled container flower pots, recycled bird feeders, and a variety of fun games that are both educational and engaging. The team is proud to have made a difference in the lives of local youth who will continue to apply what they have learned about climate change and gardening!