Reflection Of The Environment: Environmentally Friendly Kidzu Children's Museum

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Since covering the topic of the environment in class last week, I have really noticed how environmentally-friendly Kidzu Children’s Museum actually is. Something that I am particularly impressed in regards to the museum is its creativity in promoting this idea of being “environmentally conscious”: from the implementation of innovative and engaging programs to the choice of language and phrasing Kidzu team members are taught to use when interacting with museum patrons in the Makery. Because of the museum’s multifaceted approach to tackling environmental issues, I believe that kids are learning how being environmentally friendly can be fun and incredibly beneficial -- for both themselves and their communities. As explained by Dolgon and Baker …show more content…
“Cold Blooded Encounters” will feature live frogs and a comprehensive and interactive lesson about their natural environments and their global decline. “ART with EVAN,” an art program that was born out of a community partnership with local artist Evan Hirasawa, will further highlight the importance of frogs. Through origami and watercolor, participants will learn about the Disappearing Frogs Project. According to my coworker, the goal of this project is to raise awareness about the decline of amphibians and their ecosystems throughout the world. “Making STEAM with City of Frogs” will feature a puppet workshop and show put on by the director of the Paperhand Puppet Intervention -- another community partner of the museum. At the end of April, the “Hip Hop Frog Fest” will occur. After hearing a story read by community partner and author Karen Matthews, kids will have the opportunity to illustrate their own frog-related stories and watch a hip-hop jump roping routine performed by community partner The Bouncing …show more content…
For example, the museum has a very firm “Making, Not Taking” policy. This means that children cannot take what they make in the museum home with them. Instead, they have the opportunity to display their crafts on one of our many gallery shelves in the Makery -- our arts and crafts room. Children are given a museum label and have the opportunity to give their creation a title and caption. Artwork is typically displayed for a month before either being disassembled or recycled completely. Having a gallery full of kids’ creations not only is a tremendous source of pride for them, but also reduces the museum’s amount of waste

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