|New archways onto our two nature paths!|
|Weaving into our new butterfly sculpture!|
|Planting native species into our gardens!|
|Michael Zillins, Eagle Scout helping with our new Butterfly Garden!|
On September 17th, we celebrated the new additions to our Outdoor Learning Center here at North Shore Elementary School! Thanks to a great many generous people, the vision and support for this project continues to grow.
Thank you to Lisa Rostar, art teacher who received a grant to have sculptor, Kathy Kreager create the amazing butterfly sculpture that now graces our backyard. Lisa received the grant from the School Foundation and the Garden Club. It is beautiful!
Thank you to Tom Small and the good people from Wild Ones, out of Kalamazoo, for the grant they awarded me to develop a butterfly garden. I purchased plants from Hidden Savanna, a native species nursery out of Kalamazoo. The garden is well underway and we couldn't have done this without your support!
Thank you to Michael Zillins, Eagle Scout, who will help develop our butterfly garden! He and his troop will create a border, a sign and enlarge the mulched area of the garden. Michael is the fourth Eagle Scout who has helped with components of this outdoor project. The Eagle Scouts of South Haven have invested in this project from the start and we are grateful!
Thank you to Frank Lawson, South Haven artist and friend, who made beautiful archways to the entrances of our two paths into the woods! Stepping under those arches is a great way to begin a journey into our outdoor classrooms. Thanks Frank!
This project began six years ago in honor of Dr. Liberty Hyde Bailey Jr., born and raised on a local farm in South Haven. He left his home to become a scientist, professor, writer and poet. Bailey was instrumental in starting what was termed, "The Nature-Study Movement." In his book, The Nature Study Idea, (1904) Bailey writes to the question; What is Nature Study?
". . . its purpose is to enable every person to live a richer life, whatever his business or profession may be. Nature-study is a revolt from the teaching of mere science in the elementary grades. . . Nature-study is not science. It is not knowledge. It is not facts. It is spirit. It is concerned with the child's outlook on the world."
Bailey wanted to share his love for learning and exploring in the natural world with all students. I hope that we capture some of that spirit and share some of his joy with the students of North Shore Elementary. Thank you to everyone who supports this endeavor!