2021 Funded Projects
Unlike projects which took place from 2009-2018, we do not have the details to create unique webpages for projects that took place from 2019-2021.
Community Backyard Conservation Projects
Helping Ninjas taught students via their website and in-person through educational programs about the many, simple things everyone can do to help conserve water, to organically garden, and to compost waste. Students helped build and promote compost bins to be used as a pilot program to see if there is interest in a shared neighborhood composting program. They will share their results on their website,
Founders Park Native Pollinator Garden
Helping Ninjas pulled invasive species plants at Founders Park and planted native Indiana plants that attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies. Plants that have grown in Indiana for a long time and are healthy and helpful are called "native" plants. Invasive plants are those that were never from Indiana, and they often bully and crowd out the native plants that are needed for a healthy ecosystem. The Ninjas will continue to educate other students to bring awareness to the importance of pollinators and the harmful effects of inorganic pesticides and invasive species.
Project No Students in the Heat
Students at University High School funded shade sails for use in their Outdoor Environmental Lab. The shades give students the ability to be outside even when the UV rays are at their strongest. The UHS Outdoor Environmental Lab is utilized by science teachers and enjoyed by students, staff, and visitors. This educational outdoor learning area contains organic garden beds, compost bins, pollinator gardens, picnic tables, Leopold Benches, and more!
Ten-thousand Trees in Carmel
Did you know that volunteers in Carmel have a goal to plant 10,000 trees by the year 2030? Students in the Helping Ninjas club will purchase tree saplings and seeds and work with the father-daughter group called Carmel Clean-up Crew to help them with their goal of planting 10,000 trees in Carmel in ten years. According the the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is right now. Visit their website here, for handy tips on planting trees and for access to discounted healthy, native Indiana tree saplings.