Thank You North Bend 5th Graders
This week we were honored to host 90 fifth grade students from North Bend Elementary in cooperation with Stewardship Partners and the amazing crew from Nature Vision.
Nature Vision, a nonprofit environmental education organization, “brings place based, experiential nature programming directly to schools and local green spaces.” Nature Vision serves over 65,000 Pre-K through 12th grade students each year in King and Snohomish Counties and this year we will host them on the farm twice, a group of 90 5th graders this week and 100 3rd graders next week to usher in April.
The day was cold and rainy and the kids were fearless and engaged as three stations were set up; restoration, ecology walk and water testing. In each station the kids spent an hour fully immersed in their tasks at hand. Restoration was led by Geoff, Kirby and Laura as the kids planted many native plant species around the stream area of Griffin Creek. The water testing was gathered from Griffin Creek as the kids looked for fascinating invertebrates and crazy looking water flora like Northern Case-Maker Caddisfly or the Little Yellow Stonefly. They were poised and ready with a long list of pictures for identification, who knew all these wonderful species existed right here in the cold, quiet, ripples of Griffin Creek. As leader of the Ecology walk, Ginny journeyed the kids down the road into the fields in the pouring rain as they had a ball looking, smelling and identifying both plant and animals all around.
Lunch was in the warm greenhouse, drying off with smiles and excitement for all of the information gathered and moments explored. As we continue to prep our fields for planting and fill the green house with starts it is always wonderful to have young faces in the mix.
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