Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Montessori students volunteer at the Parks!

Spring is a wonderful time to complete service projects within the community. With the grass starting to turn green, some of the trees and bushes are starting to bud, it makes everyone want to be outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. DeColores Montessori 7th graders reach out to the community to help with a service project at least once a month. On April 1st the students came to the Darke County Park District to volunteer for the day. 7 students and 2 energetic teachers met with Laura Schwieterman, Darke County Parks Volunteer Coordinator at Shawnee Prairie. After a brief introduction and safety training we hit the trails with loppers in hand to remove Bush Honeysuckle. Bush Honeysuckle is an invasive shrub. It’s one of the first to leaf out and will hold its leaves longer than most deciduous plants and trees. Bush Honeysuckle is so invasive it takes over an area and chokes out all the native species that once grew.

The students enjoyed working together to cut down this invasive plant. As time rolled by they were trying to see who could pull the largest honeysuckle bush and how many they could cut down with their loppers. As we continued to work down the sides of the trail and our wrap up time approached quickly we enjoyed our walk back to the Nature Center. It was amazing to see how much honeysuckle we were able to remove in just an hour and a half. Many hands make light work!

The Park District would like to thank the DeColores Montessori 7th graders and their teachers for all of their hard work and dedication to the Park District. If you would like to volunteer with the Parks please call Laura at the Nature Center at 937-548-0165.

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