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Nature Center - Our schoolyard garden project
The Havana Nature Center became a reality in May of 1999 after months of planning and preparation. A $500 grant from the Logan, Mason, Menard Regional Office of Education, along with generous donations from our local community groups, businesses, and individuals provided the resources to fund this project. With the help of local green thumbs and agencies, the garden was designed to attract a variety of wildlife. Local green thumbs, parents, and students worked together from the initial ground breaking work to seasonal maintenance. A natural pond, a variety of flowers and shrubs, natural areas for shelter, and an abundance of wildlife provides a living classroom with endless opportunities for learning and enjoyment.
The Nature Center, complete with an Outdoor Classroom area, provides students with a chance to apply their knowledge to a natural setting. Children are able to learn much more about nature as they explore and investigate this garden. The future of the Nature Center is filled with the promise of growth and beauty. For years to come, children of all ages will interact with nature and gain an appreciation for all it has to offer.
Nature Center Goals
Nature Center Lessons
Nature Center Projects
Nature Center Library (established Fall 1999)
Living Tree Collection (added Spring 2000)
For The Birds
(added Spring 2000)
Water Wonderland (added Spring 2001)
Monarch Cafe (added Spring 2001)
Bald Eagle Days (added Winter 2002)
Garden Guides (completed Fall 2003)
Tadpole Project (added Spring 2006)
Patio Pergola (added Spring 2007)
Prairie Restoration Plot
If you have any questions about the Nature Center project, please use my contact form!
The Science Spot was developed in March 1999 by
8th Grade Science Teacher @ Havana Junior High, Havana, IL
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