Spring 2007
Vol. 15 No. 1
"He who plants a tree plants a hope" - Lucy Larcom

In this issue...

Reflections from the President

Homes for Wood Ducks - Nature Area

Welcome Spring 2007

Volunteers Needed

Member Opportunities

Is a Toad a Frog?

2006 An exciting year!

How to Create a Wildlife-Friendly Backyard

2006 Conservationist

Welcome, New Board Members

Nature Deficit Disorder

Landscape for Learning

Three Generations of Volunteers

Upcoming Events...

April 1 4
Tree Planting
Contact Fred Pepper 692-0517 to help plant trees on GINLC proerties.

April 22
Earth Day
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Centennial Farm

Nature Area Open
Saturday 10:00AM - 2:00PM
Thursday 6PM - 8PM
(Weather Permitting)

Wish List
Computer Printer
Electronic Projector
Display Boards
Benches for Nature Area
Shade Canopy for Nature Area

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Landscape for Learning

As reported in prior newsletters, Landscape for Learning includes a number of projects to create outdoor learning areas on our school grounds. It's a partnership between the Grosse Ile School District and the Grosse Ile Nature and Land Conservancy. In 2006 the GINLC received a grant for $3000 from the Grosse lle Rotary and its district office to support the design and construction of interpretive signs for the Geology Learning Centers at the Grosse Ile Schools. Along with an additional $2000 donated in the 2005-2006 time frame from the Richard & Rosalind Meyer Family Foundation the conservancy crow has sufficient funds to complete the implementation of the Geology Rocks! signs along with a curriculum guide for local teachers who want to use the areas. The project includes technical support from educational and scientific staff at the Cranbrook Institute of Science to insure accuracy and educational merit.

As the Grosse Ile township schools progresses with construction projects related to the approved Bond and Sinking Fund, GINLC will continue to partner with them to incorporate Landscape for Learning initiatives in the plans. The landscaping of the "1911" plot at the Middle School in an earth-friendly, low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing manner is a primary objective of the conservancy along with installation of rain gardens at all of the school sites. For more information on the Landscape for Learning designs. please go to "Education" to access the conceptual plans for the schools. While there you can also learn about rain gardens.