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School Grounds Replanted With Natives

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 Arbor School students get ready to plant a native pine tree on the school grounds. After the Arbor School of Arts and Science, in Tualatin, Oregon, received a Seeds for Education grant, students, staff, and parents at the private school lost no time in getting to work. Over the years, non-native plants had invaded the property more »

Friess Lake School

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By Fran Gustman The  Friess Lake School Outdoor Classroom in Hubertus, Wisconsin, used  its 2002 Seeds for Education funding to create a scenic and utilitarian four-pond area near the school. The area was engineered by a Washington County conservationist and then constructed by a parent volunteer.  This was done to prevent erosion of a filled gully, the site of an old dump. more »

Montessori School of Lake Forest, Illinois

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From a letter written by Mary Kelly, former Director of Advancement, and updated by  LissaHektor, Executive Director, Montessori School of Lake Forest, Illinois. The Montessori School of Lake Forest (MSLF) received a $400 cash award from the 2001 SFE Grant Program for a project entitled “Outdoor Learning and Discovery.” Phases I and II have been more »

The Prairie Gets a Reprieve

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A Win-Win Resolution for Indian Hill School By Lorrie Otto On a Sunday summer day, two men drove off a Wisconsin interstate to change drivers. They missed the entrance to the public parking lot and turned into the one at Indian Hill School. One man sprinted away from his car and ran toward the principal’s more »

Who Says Teens Don’t Care About Native Plants?

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By Diane Powelka I’m very fortunate to work with the Monona Grove alternative students in the “park,” located in the township of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. The park was a rock quarry in the 1930s and ‘40s, and was later used as a landfill. The landfill was capped in the ‘80s, and had recently been used more »

It All Started With Some Trees

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Stewardship From the Ground Up By Linda Cody Photos by Wendy LaValle, Ann Arbor, Michigan The Wild One’s Seeds for Education committee can attest to the fact that there is no shortage of creative and dynamic projects occurring across the nation that involve school gardens, learning cycles, and native  plants. At the same time, it is also true more »

Where Are They Now?

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A report on several past Seeds for Education grant recipients.   By Celia Larsen Over a year ago, a fellow Wild One handed off to me an envelope full of “year end reports” written by past Seeds for Education grant recipients. The task seemed easy enough – contact the project managers at the six different sites and see how their outdoor education more »

Restoration at Rudolf Steiner High School

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By Erica Choberka and Celia Larsen The Rudolf Steiner High School sits on a beautiful and ecologically diverse, 6-acre campus on Pontiac Trail in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The property is contiguous with the Black Pond Woods Nature Area, the headquarters for Ann Arbor’s Natural Area Preservation Group (NAP). Our school, which is a Waldorf school, more »

Buhr Park Wet Meadow II

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Buhr Park Web Meadow II A good investment keeps growing. By Celia Larsen If you’ve consistently read the Wild Ones Journal over the years, you’ve almost certainly read about the Buhr Park Children’s Wet Meadow Project (BPCWMP) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1992, a group of preschoolers and their teacher, Jeannine Palms, adopted Mallets Creek, a 3/4-mile walk from the park, and the more »

What Do 55 High School Students and…

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What Do 55 High School Students and 800 Native Plants Have in Common? By Linda Lucchesi Cody When Dave Seis, biology teacher at Barron Area Senior High School, in Barron, Wisconsin, was assigned the students in Advanced Biology he knew exactly how to get them excited. Four years previously, Dave had taken a three-week program more »