The Antioch dunes were a naturally occurring native habitat home to great unique native species the dunes were bought by DOW and were used to make plants and factories the dunes were not finally let go of for over 20 years. By then the damage had already been done irreparable damage to the ecosystem and native species. DOW had come to realize its mistake and started a restoration act in order to to save the small amount of species they could.
We decided we wanted to help with the restoration process and management. So as a team we arrived at the lush green and yellow paradise known as the Antioch dunes. We learned about the species native to the Antioch dunes and how they contribute to their ecosystem. As we were there we learned how to remove invasive species and help to restore the dunes.
On the trip there were many interesting experiences says one of our peers. They learned so much on how to identify native species and how to remove invasive ones. They got to plant some Antioch native flowers and see native butterflies. Overall we all believe it was a great experience and one we can indulge on again.
February 25 was the day of the action packed trip to the yes conference. The
YES conference is a place where youth can meet and discuss things happening in our environment. The day was very enlightening as we talked to empowered youth willing to learn about the environment. We went in to different conferences in which we were taught about the environment by our peers. During the day there were also many prizes to be won. Our group member also won the grand prize
The many booths and workshops were extremely beneficial such as the bike workshop and air filtration workshop.Many of these workshops told us about small things we can change in our lives to make a difference. I have attended many of the work shops and all of which inspired me. I can’t wait to see hot other things people will bring to the conference next year.
At the end of the day all of the people who attended were able to pick and choose a native plants to bring home. In conclusion the day was long adventurous and filled with wisdom. We hope to be there next year, thank you Spare the Air and Yes conference we had a wonderful time.