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 completed and the school’s children are the primary stewards of a community garden which yields vegetables, flowers and fruit, and of a restored woodland, from which students and staff removed loads of buckthorn. Whether they are tending the garden, jumping on the German step chimes or simply walking on the paths to listen to and enjoy nature, the children are enriched by this beautiful environment that friends like the Wild Ones are helping make possible.
In October 2002, MSLF hosted “Prairies in our Midst,” a workshop jointly sponsored by several Lake County organizations and conservation groups. The first-of-its-kind conference drew a wide range of participants, from experts on the whys and how-to’s of prairie restoration to suburbanites interested in developing properties suitable for the soil and climate conditions of Illinois. This conservation is now being sponsored by the Liberty Prairie Conservation Organization. The MSLF teachers who attended this workshop worked diligently to introduce prairie studies to children in their classrooms.
On behalf of the children, faculty and staff, MSLF sends renewed thanks for Wild Ones members’ support, as well as best wishes and warm regards.
This article appeared in the November/December 2003 issue of the Wild Ones Journal.