We’re excited about our new afternoon program and hope you will be, too! This year, in keeping with our sustainability theme, we are working with the island to offer an ALL AGES program each afternoon (Sunday – Wednesday) from 2:30 – 3:30 or 4:00, depending on the activity.  And, we have also compiled a resource page for families to use to learn more about sustainable practices both local and global.  Some of the books listed in the resource are available for purchase from the island bookstore.  Here’s what we’ll be doing each afternoon:

Sunday, July 17, 2:30 pm (Meet at the East end of the porch) – Meet Star’s Honeybees!!

Did you know there is a honeybee hive on Star? And did you know it is maintained by beekeeper and former Pelican, Jessy O’Keefe? Today, Jessy will take us to the hive and tell us about her work with the bees.  She’ll show us some of her beekeeping supplies, and the suit she wears when working with the hive.

Monday, July 18, 2:30 pm (Meet on the back porch) – See what makes Star hum!!!

This Island Systems/Sustainability Tour is designed with kids in mind. The walking tour includes “secret spots” such as the island’s resource recovery center, water system, gardens, poo plant (poop fountain!), and power facility.  Already know where the solar array is? This tour goes beyond the nuts and bolts, taking us to territory not likely seen before.


Tuesday, July 19, 2:30 pm (Meet at East end of front porch) Environmental Education Activities For All!!

Today we offer a variety of environmental education activities highlighting island sustainability, including celery osmosis, garden planning, solar pizza box oven snacks, and a recycling game.


Wednesday, July 20, 2:30 pm (Meet at Well House on front lawn) – Trash Sort Competition!!

Engage in a friendly competition to help everyone understand how to sort island waste, with the broader goal of reducing Star’s contribution to landfills. We’ll divide into teams for this friendly competition.  Pelican volunteers sort trash bags into recyclable items, compostable items, and trash while conferees help categorize each item to determine which group has done a better job at separating their waste. This is a fun and interactive way to highlight the impact of waste disposal.

Family Sustainability Resources

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