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[JD1] Session 1 Jean guided campers through learning activities interspersed with their planting a 350 sq. ft. area of [JD2] repurposed lawn with native flowers and regular summer camp activities.
Campers got dirty and had tons of fun while designing, planting, labeling, and watering “their” native-plant meadow. The meadowscaping experience is the educational tool for presenting our unique curriculum. Campers increase their environmental literacy through activities that incorporate STEAM subjects, while the meadow and these outdoor learning 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, the Park School applied for and received National Wildlife Habitat Certification in early 2018. A dedication ceremony will occur at the start of Season 2 of “Let’s Build a Meadow” at Summer at Park.
During the school year, MS4B has used the meadow, garden beds, and the campus as a teaching site for Park’s After School students. While enjoying the great outdoors, these students are strengthening their animal detective, bird watching, tree identification and other naturalist skills.
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.