Summer at Park!
Jean Devine led a two-week Meadowscaping Club for nine elementary school campers at the Park School in Brookline, MA last summer. MS4B provided campers in Summer at Park 2017 with fun, activity-rich daily sessions during pre-camp Week A and Session 1 (Weeks 1 and 2). Jean guided campers through learning activities interspersed with their planting a section of repurposed lawn with native flowers, shrubs, and grasses.
Campers got dirty while planting and watering “their” native-plant meadow. The meadowscaping experience is the educational tool for presenting our unique curriculum. Campers increased their environmental literacy through activities that incorporated STEAM subjects, while the meadow and these activities become a window to view the natural world.
The Park School campus is environmentally significant, and adding a meadow increased the property’s appeal to birds, pollinators, and other important species above and below ground. To increase recognition of the value of the site as wildlife habitat, we are helping the Park School apply for National Wildlife Habitat Certification. Also, we teach students how they can participate in new programs such as Cornell Institute of Ornithology’s e-bird (electronic bird reporting) and the Nature Conservancy’s Habitat Network. The Park campus will become a meadow and bird-watching site through connection with these organizations.
In the summer of 2016, Meadowscaping was delighted to partner with the Waltham YMCA to present the Waltham Y Meadow Club to 2nd through 5th grade campers. Both organizations believe strongly in providing youth with meaningful outdoor experiences that empower them to be active participants in society.