Since 1984, the Harbor Island Garden Club has sponsored Rooty Rascals, a junior gardening club at Wrightsville Beach Elementary, a K-5 school located on the island of Wrightsville Beach. We work with fifth graders during a year-long, award-winning program to teach them about native plants, gardening, birding, butterflies, and environmental consciousness. We also make boutonnieres and corsages for each student to wear at their 5th grade graduation.
Here's what we're up to now:
Audubon: Bird Signs Sneak Peak
We are pleased to give a sneak peek at our 2021 Wrightsville Beach 5th graders signs on behalf of Audubon Cape Fear. These signs are created every year our Rooty Rascals to help educate visitors about protecting the nesting shore birds on the southend of Wrightsville Beach as well as on Masonboro and Lea Islands. The new signs will be posted this Spring. During nesting season, Audubon volunteers are happy to give tours! Thank you Rooty Rascals, Audubon , and Wrightsville Beach School marine science coordinator, Ms. Brooks for helping to protect our nesting shore birds! “
Wrightsville Beach Elementary: Plant, Animal, Bird and Habitat ID Boards
Check this out! We are thrilled to unveil our 2020-21project with Rooty Rascals: Identification Boards. Printed on weather and hurricane resistant aluminum, the new boards were installed by the marine science teaching pier to help students identify the plants, animals, birds, and tidal zone habitats in the marsh next to Wrightsville Beach Elementary School. A big shout out to Wrightsville Beach resident and marine science teacher Cissie Brooks who compiled the information. Hopefully, these boards are just the first of many environmental education projects to help residents and visitors learn about the wildlife around them.