OPEI Launches Yard Dog Science Program
Sep 21, 2009
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The Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI) announced the first phase of a new educational outreach program, developed to teach third through fifth grade students the science behind lawns’ ability to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2), release oxygen, cool the air, control dust, reduce erosion, and filter water. The science-based youth curriculum includes experiments, worksheets and games for youth and a web site and blog by the program’s "spokesperson," TurfMutt. TurfMutt is a real dog -Lucky, a once-homeless canine who turned caped crusader and is "Out to Save the Planet – One Yard at a Time."

Washington, DC and Sacramento, CA area schools will be the first to receive an array of educational materials from Weekly Reader, a publishing company that produces standards-based, research-proven resources to support the development of academic vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing skills, and fluency for all learners.

Specifically, the TurfMutt educational program includes worksheets for science experiments on photosynthesis and seed starting, games, bookmarks and a poster contest to spur ideas and creativity on how kids and their families can create and save greenspaces in their community. To see examples of the educational campaign, visit the Resources Page at www.TurfMutt.com.

Accompanying the educational outreach program, TurfMutt, the Yard Dog, will make school and educational event appearances later this year at the National Association of Agricultural Educators’ (NAAE) annual meeting this November in Nashville and the National FAA Foundation annual convention this October in Indianapolis to spread the word about the value of yards and green spaces.

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