New Prague Schools

YES! Team

Team Motto: "Vision without action is merely a dream. Action without vision just passes the time. Vision with action can change the world" - Joel A. Barker

Our team is integrated into the curriculum as a core class where students can earn science, math, art and/or language arts credit.

Our goals for 2018-2019:

  • Fundraising Campaigns! Including Upcycling Donation Store, Agricscaping Themed Container Gardens, and Natural Insecticide and Beneficial Bug/Pollinator Plant Sale
  • Water Quality! Water testing, STEM water filters, and hydroponic garden systems
  • Student Designed Agriscaping Plots!
  • Indoor Gardening! Vertical Garden design, self watering systems, container gardening and microgreens/sprouts
  • School Energy Audit
  • Service Learning and Community Engagement
  • 2nd Annual Community Green Day
  • Partnership with HIgh School Green Team Club!

Jolene Carlson is our YES! coach and there are 25 of us actively involved in YES! Our team.

Last year our main accomplishments included:

Composting over 300 gallons of waste in school

Rain water collection and use for our 5 gardens

Installing 2 pollinator gardens and 2 apples trees

Building 5 Playscapes and volunteering over 50 hours at Ney Nature Center

Receiving "Outstanding Volunteer of the Year" award from Ney Nature Center

Winning the WOW! Award and 2nd Place for the Southern YES! Region

This year our main accomplishments include:

Composting over 900 gallons of waste in our school

Designing and planting 3 Agriscapes

Building over 15 Vertical Gardens

Planting, growing, and eating Microgreens and Sprouts

Designing and planting 15 "Themed Container Gardens"

Planting, growing, and selling over 40 tomato plants

Designing a 80 plant indoor hydroponic system

2nd Annual Community Green Day

Receiving ove $10,000 in grants to support projects

Creating a MN Edible Plant PPT of 143 plants!

Completing a Water Quality Test of tap water

Designing 10 different DIY Water Filters

Completing a School Energy Audit

Designing and building over 20 Upcycling Projects

Volunteering over 100 hours in community

Establishing and maintaining 5 Community Partnerships

Adding a treehouse to Playscapes at NNC

Updating Orienteering Course at NNC

Maple Tree Survey at NNC - surveyed 80 Maple Trees

Building 20 Bee Hotels to support pollinators

Giving Back Campaign: Feed My Starving Children, Local Family House Donations, Holiday Ornament Donations to local Senior Living Center

Preparing our garden boxes for planting!

Recycled over 300 milk cartons for "Got Milk" design challenge

Top: Working on one of our Playscapes.

Bottom: Fall 2018 harvest cooking - bacon wrapped peppers

Collecting fall harvest from beds

Upcycling Home Decor

Parris Duban

Upcycling Home Decor

Landyn Holcomb

Upcycling Home Decor

Alexus Reck

Upcycling Home Decor

Natalie Kutscher