Sixth Graders Get to Know Their School Rain Garden
Sixth Graders Get to Know Their School Rain Garden
Posted on 10/18/2017
This is the image for the news article titled Sixth Graders Get to Know Their School Rain GardenFirst Flight Middle School sixth grade students had the opportunity to work with the NC Coastal Federation on October 11th and 12th. The Federation's Coastal Education Coordinator Sara Jean Hallas spent those two days leading the students through an exploratory and stewardship lesson in the rain garden. "The students worked in groups to identify the native plants in the rain garden and made unique observations, by sketching and writing down descriptions. They also spent some time helping take care of the rain garden by picking up trash, pulling weeds and invasive plants. They learned about the importance of the rain garden for protecting water quality, creating habitat and serving as an outdoor classroom for some hands-on science." FFMS science teachers Stacey Hanf and Leslie Wiles brought their classes outside for the lessons. Wiles shared, "The students didn't realize what that area of our school was for. After their experience in the rain garden, they now understand it serves a purpose and are able to tell their parents about it. They learned all the plants are native to our area, the importance of protecting our watershed and that it requires hard work to maintain a garden." Also assisting with the lesson and activities was AmeriCorps member, Reilly Kelly and Dare Soil and Water Community Conservationist, Ann Daisey.