First-grade students from Jefferson Elementary STEM School in Minnesota have been taking on the challenge of buckthorn, an invasive weed that is crowding out native plants and disturbing the ecosystem of Prairie Island in Winona. The students studied the plant's environmental impact and came up with plan to remove it. The project, run by the school and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will take several years as students build problem-solving skills and see the results of their efforts. "If you give kids a little space to grow, they’ll show you what they can do," said teacher Byron Gilliland.
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