Little Rock, Ark. (AFAEF) - The Arkansas Forestry Association Education Foundation
(AFAEF) awarded a $1,000 Outdoor Learning Center Grant to Osceola High School
to help fund the Seminoles Interactive Learning Center and Memorial Garden.
This project proposes to create an interactive outdoor classroom and memorial garden that will showcase native plants and provide tables and benches, allowing students to work outside. A variety of student groups-from the Environmental Science Club to EAST Lab-have been instrumental in every aspect of the project.
"After visiting the Forrest L. Wood Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Nature Center and Memphis Botanical Gardens, the students decided to design an outdoor learning area with Arkansas native plants, aquatic habitat with small native fish and plants, tables, benches, walkways, and a pavilion, eventually," said Maleigha Light, a biology teacher at Osceola High School, who applied for the grant.
"We are proud to support Osceola High School's efforts to develop an outdoor classroom," said AFAEF Director of Forestry Education Rob Beadel. "By using Project Learning Tree and other environmental education activities, Ms. Light will connect students with nature and enhance learning."
Each year, the AFAEF awards an Outdoor Classroom Grant to a public or private school that can demonstrate how an outdoor learning center can positively affect its curriculum and students. For more information about environmental education in Arkansas, look online at www.arkforests.org.
Arkansas Forestry Association
1214 W. 4th St.
Little Rock AR 72201