5th graders at Arbor Park are becoming active naturalists. Our sttudents observe nature, searching for beauty, surprise, questions, and awesome. Students are using their observational, inquiry, and problem solving skills each time we go to the nature area. We have been busy and will be busy this year. Our 43 Jr. Naturalists hope to create a butterfly garden by the front doors of our school. We are also hoping to put a small native flower area with two bird feeders and a bird bath right outside our commons area. We are also helping them see they can make a difference with nature. By doing this, our students also develop an appreciation and respect for nature.
This past spring, our 5th graders planted over 724 native flower plants in the Arbor Park Native Flower area and the Arbor Park Wetland area. Some flowers were transplanted in other parts of Arbor Park as well. Our naturalists also sewed these areas with seeds we had gathered in the fall.
In April, we planted 362 individual plants of 10 different species of dormant plants. Compass Plant, Ironweed, Blue Vervain, Red Milkweed, Joe Pye Weed, Purple Cone Flower, Butterfly Milkweed, Rattlesnake Master, Lead Plant, and Black Eyed Susans. In early May, we will plant362 more plants. We will be planting Swamp Milkweed, New England Aster, Blazing Star, Money Flower, Rattlesnake Master, and Butterfly Milkweed.
All told, we have over 30 different species of native flowers and native grasses in these areas. We have a 217 yard long trail that allows the citizens of Blair to explore the area.