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OUTDOOR CLASSROOM NEWS
Alexander's 2017 Summer Recreation Program in the Outdoor Classroom
This summer for the first time the outdoor classroom was used as part of the Alexander community’s summer recreation program. Rain or shine, students in grades k-5 came to the space four mornings a week to free explore our many stations and to engage in nature based craft and learning activities. The children helped to care for our raised beds and each week they helped to prepare a healthy snack. They took home handouts to their families that included healthy eating tips and recipes.
Fitness Path Added
This year we received PEP grant funding which allowed us to add a fitness path to our site. The pathway begins outside of the outdoor classroom and will include signage inviting the community to experience the path as well as the outdoor classroom stations. The new path joins with paths that were already a part of the outdoor classroom. It then makes it way around the meadow at the rear of our space. Next year we will add fitness stations. It is our hope that the fitness path and the pavilion that we added last year will encourage more people to use the outdoor classroom.
Our wet meadow now has a new sign. It explains what a wet meadow is and points out to visitors what plants they might see there.
Butterfly Garden Welcomes New Resident
On Saturday, August 26, volunteers helped to get our classroom ready for the new school year. Ty Acquard brought with him a newly hatched monarch butterfly that made itself at home in our butterfly garden.