Prior to their restoration planting efforts, all six classrooms participated in lessons to prepare them for the experience. Weaving in with their studies of ecology in science class, I presented a slide show that vividly displayed the various ways humans alter their environment.
|Mending the broken pot.|
“It was hard.”
The lesson completed with a shift to their upcoming planting at Keller Lake Golf Course; I told the students that they all have the power to make a difference, to help restore natural ecosystems, and to chose a lifestyle where they can live in harmony with the land rather than destroy it. The energy in the room was palpable!
|The future prairie buffer will add beautiful contrast to the surrounding turf.|
|Simba Blood, District Natural Resources Technician, teaches the students
proper planting techniques.
|Laurie Holmberg, Ramsey County Master Gardener, helps a 5th grader
plant prairie natives.
|Paul Diegnau, Keller Golf Course Superintendent explains how he integrates
golf course management with habitat restoration and management.
Paul Diegnau, the Golf Course Superintendent came out and greeted each class and described the care the golf course takes to protect nearby Keller Lake. He explained their irrigation methods and mentioned the features on the site that provide habitat and food for birds, animals and butterflies. He told the students that the Keller Lake eagles who nest above Highway 36 regularly spend time there and that the golf course was a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary.
|This student was also a powerhouse
worker at the Ames Lake spring cleanup. No
wonder he needs two trowels!
Talk about making a difference!
|Don Vegoe, Ramsey County Master Gardener, digs in to help
teach students how to properly transplant plant plugs.
[For more on the Keller Golf Course Restoration, see our previous post this month, Golf, Gangsters, and Great Blue Heron]