from the President
the Nature Area Works with Other Groups
Mustard - Another Damaging Exotic
Area Entrance - Native Garden
Members & Public
for Learning and Environmental Education
your eyes for a moment and visualize the most memorable physical surrounding
of your childhood. What do you remember? For many it is likely a special
outdoor place that provided sensory input and perhaps opportunities for
exploration and spontaneous activity. It is said that the classroom is
where children are taught but the outdoors is where they learn on their
own. This is the motivation behind the exciting GINLC environmental education
In the last
year we have made great strides in the development of our own Landscape
for Learning on Grosse Ile. Conceptual drawings were completed earlier
this year for all of the school properties. You can take a look at them
on our website. We’ve been meeting regularly with the curriculum development
director, Karen Roth, as well as with the school principals, teachers,
and interested community members. Through these informative sessions we’ve
been accepting feedback on the different projects and we’ve been setting
priorities. Progress on our first project, developing outdoor rock gardens
at each of the schools was described in our last newsletter by Bruce Jones.
The boulders are in place and now we’re finishing up the lighter work
of establishing the area around the boulders conducive to learning. Stop
by the schools to see them, or better yet let us know if you're interested
in helping us complete these outdoor learning centers before the snow
Other activities of the committee include interacting with
youth both on GI and the metro Detroit area to support our goal of developing
environmentally literate citizens. Recently we had a group of students
from Del Ray stop by the Nature Center to spend some quality time exploring
and learning about our ecosystem. They soaked it up! We've been working
with many of our GI youth too, from preschoolers to HS biology students.
is to reach students at all levels and we intend that they learn the aesthetic
value of our environment in a hands-on multidisciplinary way. With this
in mind we've also been discussing with our school administration the
benefits of student internships in the sciences, landscaping, journalism,
art, and photography. Fortunately, we have many local teens willing to
contribute to our community and we've already have many positive experiences
working with them. Currently we have several prospective Eagle Scouts
from GI and Trenton working on Nature Center projects. If you know of
any students interested in working with us please send them our way.
Stop by and see us at the Nature Center some time. If that's
not convenient for you then be sure to visit our website www.ginlc.org.
Our web administrator, Greg Roginski, is working to expand the information
we have available for you on-line. Drop us a line at
if you have any questions or thoughts to share with us on any of our programs.
(1) Landscapes for Learning by Sharon Stine.