Archive for Friday, April 24, 2009

Students collaborate on garden

Cub Scout Will Damron rips into a bag of topsoil as he and other Scouts construct a butterfly garden Thursday at Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Road.

Cub Scout Will Damron rips into a bag of topsoil as he and other Scouts construct a butterfly garden Thursday at Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Road.

April 24, 2009

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Local scouts work on butterfly garden

Lawrence cub scouts and boy scouts worked to grab the attention of butterflies Thursday. Enlarge video

Some local Cub Scouts are hoping to build their way to a beautiful butterfly garden.

Pack 3071 constructed a butterfly garden outside Prairie Park School on a warm Thursday night.

Second-graders across the district study butterflies in the fall, and a local grassroots group is hoping the garden will get kids learning outside.

“This is our pilot project,” said Mary Jones, a member of the Lawrence Children and Nature Collaborative. “Our idea is to get children outside for a better inside.”

Second-grade teacher Christine Wesley and her students will be making the garden bloom.

“We’re going to plant the flowers that go in here once they’re delivered,” Wesley said. The design was created by Master Gardeners with K-State Research and Extension in Douglas County, and the plants in the garden are specifically attractive to butterflies. Second-graders will be planting the garden late next week.

Plus, the boys building it are all students at Prairie Park.

“They’re going to build it, so they will have some ownership in it,” Jones said.

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